Flagler NAACP to showcase youth at ACT-SO banquet

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01_JerolineMcCarthy01The Flagler NAACP ACT-SO Awards Banquet, taking place March 16, 3 p.m., at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, will showcase first-place winners of the Olympics of the Mind Competition who will advance to the National Competition come July in Las Vegas.

Since it exemplified great talent, Branch President Linda Sharpe Haywood wrote: “I just left the ACT-SO competition. Alexis Williams ‘blew us away’ with her rendition, ‘And I Am Telling You’ from ‘Dreamgirls’! All participants did a great job, but I had to give a special shout-out to Alexis.”

Alexis Williams (third from left) met with other participants at the ACT-S0 2013 fundraising luncheon. (JEROLINE D. MCCARTHY/DAYTONA TIMES)

Alexis Williams (third from left) met with other participants at the ACT-S0 2013 fundraising luncheon. 
(JEROLINE D. MCCARTHY/DAYTONA TIMES)

ACT-SO, the acronym for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics, is an NAACP student-enrichment initiative spotlighting talent in music, poetry, dance, design, art, culinary arts, and science and technology.

Resumes will be enhanced, and the first-place winners furnished an all-expense-paid Las Vegas trip, plus a chance to compete with other winners around the country for scholarships, cash, fully loaded laptops, and other prizes.

Notable ACT-SO alumni are music artist Kanye West, actor Jada Pinkett Smith and filmmaker John Singleton.

For further details, contact the NAACP at 386-446-7822.

NAACP meeting to focus on ‘Financial Freedom’
Join the Flagler County NAACP for the March 25, 6 p.m., membership meeting at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast.

Everyone is invited for the business aspect, which will culminate in an economic-development workshop facilitated by financial advisors Orlando Johnson and John Skripko.

Florida State Conference Economic Development Chair Torey Alston launched “The Financial Freedom Campaign” to showcase economic development through workshops in the community.

For further details, contact the NAACP at 386-446-7822.

AACHO festival kicks off March 22
There’s a lot to see in entertainment for a day at the Afro-American Caribbean Heritage Organization’s (AACHO) Black Heritage Festival.

Scheduled to kick off March 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., is a lineup of influential persons – a guest speaker, guest artists, church singers, dancers, martial arts demonstrators, and street vendors. The festival is set up for deejay Ronald Robinson.

The opening ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at Palm Coast Community Center, 305 Palm Coast Parkway, N.E., at Clubhouse Drive. Admission and parking are free.

For vendor and journal details, call AACHO President Vivian Richardson at 386-446-6935, or Vice President Wes Powell at 386-445-8345.

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As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.

Celebrations
Birthday wishes to Lorraine Trapp, Loretta Pete, March 13; Stanley Henderson, Ruthie Sunders, March 14; Ron Ambrose, March 16; young Devin Price, Maxine Hicks, Patrice Henderson, March 17; Myles Baker, March 18.

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