Flagler youth take in Black history of St. Augustine

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01_JerolineMcCarthy01Youth groups from the Chi Delta Omega Chapter (SMART AKAdemy and Emerging Young Leaders) of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority accompanied by the Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Youth Ministry, the Delta Gems, and the Girls Mentoring Group of the Flagler Public Schools traveled on a Black Heritage Tour of St. Augustine.

Kowanna Johnson, Chi Delta Omega’s Ivy Leaf Reporter, made the connection with the media regarding the Black Heritage Tour.

Flagler County sororities joined hands with Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and the Girls Mentoring Group for a tour with young people in St. Augustine.

Flagler County sororities joined hands with Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and the Girls Mentoring Group for a tour with young people in St. Augustine.

The combined group celebrated Black History Month by selecting St. Augustine because of its profound mark on African-American history. The group visited Fort Mose, the country’s first settlement of free Blacks, where the young people learned of the fort’s historical significance to the Underground Railroad.

Plenty of historical sites
The group observed the churches where the civil rights assemblage had held their meetings. They “took in” the homes where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. lodged during his visits; the home of Dr. Robert B. Hayling, the first Black Florida dentist; as well as the former high school built expressly for Blacks.

They also visited the St. Augustine Town Square and the Bridge of Lions, allowing the attendees to view the sites significant to the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s – including the Woolworth Store, where Blacks were jailed for trying to eat at the lunch counter – and the crossing where the Rev. Ambassador Andrew Young was beaten leading a march that had entered the plaza.

Historic markers recognizing Ambassador Young’s leadership and beatings allow visitors to “walk in his footsteps” while the old City Market provides for paying homage in memory of the slaves that were sold there.

The tour afforded lasting insight into the rich culture, traditions and historical contributions of Blacks in African-American history by means of St. Augustine.

Affordable Care Act program in Palatka
This will be the last opportunity to learn about the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) via insurance and health professionals, who will answer your questions and enroll you in an advantageous program for your particular situation.

Come and learn whether money can be saved in addition to applying for a family comprehensive plan. Learn the penalties of not applying. How can unemployment and being unable to afford health care impact you?

The opportunity to learn more about the Affordable Care Act will arise March 8 at Jenkins Middle School, 1100 North 19th St., Palatka, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event is free and sponsored by the Palm Coast/Flagler County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Lalita Thomas is the sorority’s president.

The speaker is none other than Dr. Loray Britt, the Daytona Beach practitioner, along with Richard Downing and Andrew Chen, both knowledgeable agents in insurance and the Affordable Care Act.

To find out more, contact Michaelyn Pitts at michaelyn_pitts@yahoo.com.

Deltas to host EMBODI event
The Palm Coast/Flagler County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. will once again sponsor the annual EMBODI event (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence).

This year’s theme, “Navigating the Game of Life,” will take place March 15, at Bunnell City Hall, 200 Church St. The free event will be provided 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and will include lunch.

Since registration is a prerequisite, please call 386-527-4393.

Food giveaway March 8 at First Church
The Women’s Missionary Society of First Church – the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, pastor – has scheduled the monthly food giveaway for March 8, 1 to 3 p.m., at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.

The food includes, but is not limited to, canned goods, jarred items, soft-packaged and boxed food items.

The Women’s Missionary Society is one of the organizations rooted in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. Among the varied duties is the focus of charitable deeds.

At the helm of the missionaries at First Church is Mattie DeVore.

For information relating to the giveaway, call 386-446-5759.

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