How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life, you will have been all of these.
– Dr. George Washington Carver, 1864-1943, scientist, botanist, educator, inventor
The ethics of esteeming the elders – listening and learning from their teachings, valuing their labor, knowing their faith, respecting, revering, and loving them – are the dynamics of a celebratory luncheon at the African American Cultural Society on behalf of members 90 years young and older.
Some celebrants that will be honored are Mary Henderson Francis, Robert Alleyne, Doris Boyd, Hazel Mills, John Mills, Violet Gordon and Kate Solomon.
Walter Boone, former AACS president, was tasked with the joyous celebration of the elders.
Boone’s committee makes up Stephanie Robinson, Alfreda Brown, Sondra Henderson and Diana McKie-Robinson.
They will provide the platform for esteeming the elders like Mrs. Francis, who graduated from Hunter High School in New York, and received a master’s degree in speech pathology from Hunter College.
Mrs. Francis worked in the summers for a while as a “showroom girl” in New York’s garment district. She was employed with New York State Unemployment Insurance Division in the Hearing Unit.
She says, “I seemed to have found my niche when I worked for New York State Department of Labor as a labor relations investigator. I stayed there 28 years and retired in 1971.”
In addition to countless achievements, Mrs. Francis was a volunteer in the winters in Antigua at a school for the deaf and served 10 years at Old Kings Elementary School in Palm Coast as a volunteer for a third-grade class.
She’s traveled to Italy with the choir from her church – St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church – and the Black Catholic Guild to Africa.
As a sidebar, she’s also the sister of the late actor Rosetta LeNoire, better known as Mother Winslow in the TV sitcom “Family Matters.”
Mrs. Francis’ story is reminiscent of many of the achievements of the elders to be celebrated July 3 – the 99th birthday of Mrs. Francis – 3 to 6 p.m., at the African American Cultural Society,4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast.
The ticket price is $15.
For ticket sales, call Stephanie Robinson at 386-439-7174.
Coming in January:
Flagler Film Festival
Lights, camera, action! Start getting your films ready so audiences will fall in love with them at the second Flagler Film Festival. The flicks will be released Jan. 9-11, 2015.
Organizers Kathryn Barry and Orion Christy are working with Renny Roker to expand the festival’s reach. Their first role in presenting the inaugural festival was Jan. 13 at the Palm Coast Hilton Garden Inn.
A well-versed promoter for the late icon Nat King Cole, Roker has produced movies and TV shows, and has worked as a record executive.
He’s related to Al Roker of NBC’s “Today Show.” They are cousins, along with the late Roxie Roker of “The Jeffersons,” and composer/singer/songwriter Lenny Kravitz.
For further details surrounding the Second Flagler Film Festival, visit flaglerfilmfestival.com.
NAACP to meet June 24
Join the Flagler County NAACP for the June 24, 6 p.m., membership meeting at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. 1, Palm Coast.
You will be on course with Jim Landon, Palm Coast City Manager, in his State of the Palm Coast address.
For further details, contact the NAACP at 386-446-7822.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted and bereaved.
Birthday wishes to: Elaine Koonce, June 19; Randenese Litkett, June 21; James Sharpe, June 22; Monica Baker, June 24; and Howard Wilson, June 25.
Happy anniversary to Donald and Shirley Jones, June 24; and Errol and Carmel Hooke, June 25.