Black History Month event topic: Where Do We Go from Here?

Promoters Linda Epps and Lawrence Green have taken the reins tapping into a second year of bringing events for Black History Month. The presentations have drawn the promoters to the Ormond Beach Public Library where jazz vocalist Linda Cole will show genius Feb. 3 for the duo’s opening of Black History Month.

Green made his mark on the Port Authority and as an artist while Epps was also working in New York as an exec for the Sony Corporation.

The Ormond Beach pair generated buzz in 2015, displaying Green’s artwork for Black History Month.

They sold the idea of having Black History Month to Suzan Howes, Northwest Regional Librarian at the Ormond Beach Library, 30 South Beach Street.

Last year was the first for a line up of topics and presenters for Black History Month. Free admission to all events is in effect for the public.

“We’re looking forward to all the Black History Month presentations that Linda Epps has set up for our library,” said Howes. “We’ve worked with her for at least a couple of years now for bringing programming to the library.” Regarding the traffic that erupts, Howes marvels that “the programs are wonderful because they bring in a lot of people to the library.”

Epps and Green recognize the demographics of their audiences and suggest that you save Feb. 8, 2 to 5 p.m., for the following.

Glover to speak
The Rev. Gillard S. Glover has been given a platform to discuss “Where Do We Go from Here?” The pastor of the First Church of Palm Coast is a great theologian and preacher, an attorney, teacher, and founder and chairman of the Board of Trustees of Palm Harbor Academy.

Pastor Glover will present in sermonic form a situational analysis of our community and suggest a constructive course for communities desiring liberation and justice. An interactive discussion will follow the presentation.

He’s committed to the social and economic development of the African-American community since childhood. In 1960, he and his best friend, Gil Scott Heron, integrated the school system of Tennessee, and since that time, Pastor Glover has had an unwavering commitment to the cause of social justice.

Storied career
He was admitted to practice law since 1974, and from 1974 to 1983, he was associated with the law firm of Messrs. Whitman & Ransom in New York City, where he specialized in corporate and securities law. As a practicing attorney, Pastor Glover represented many national and international corporations – including most of the major African-American Life Insurance companies.

In 1983, while practicing law in New York, he relocated to Jacksonville to become the youngest chairman and CEO of the oldest life insurance company in Florida, the Afro-American Life Insurance Company.

Pastor Glover, a church planter, was tasked by Bishop Philip R. Cousin in 1991 to establish a church in Palm Coast.

He has earned degrees from Lambuth University, Boston University and Harvard University, and has studied at New York University, Virginia Union University, and the University of North Carolina.

He is the proud father of Jillian Elizabeth and Gillard S. Glover III, and is married to the former Sachiko Nonen.

Storytelling and more
Consequently, you are invited to the presentation offering Pastor Glover’s insights into the dynamics of this country. And then, turn to Robert Whiting for a discussion on the “Human Family Tree,” Feb. 10 and 12, 2 to 4 p.m.

Teen guitarist/singer Eric Dangerfield will delight the audience, Feb. 19, 1 to 4:30 p.m.; Clara Bivens of the National Association of Black Storytellers will bring adventure to narratives, Feb. 21, 2 to 3 p.m.; and lecturer Kwando Kinshasa, Ph.D., will discuss the movie, “Rules of Engagement,” Feb. 25, 2 to 5 p.m.

The Black History presentations will offer tremendous insight.

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The Women’s Missionary Society of First Church – pastored by the Rev. Gillard S. Glover – has scheduled the food giveaway for Feb. 11, 1 – 3 p.m., at the church – 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.

For further details, contact the church at 386-446-5759.

Plenty of jazz at Feb. 11 breakfast
Rob’s Jazz Express will score a number of hits at the 15th Annual Jazz Breakfast, Feb. 11, 10:30 a.m. to noon, and hosted by the African American Cultural Society, 4422 North U.S. Highway 1, Palm Coast.

Rob’s Jazz Express is led by guitarist Robert Whiting, who researched Africa for 40 years, and whom we mentioned will make his way at the library for Black History Month.

“It is an honor and privilege for Rob’s JazzExpress to be performing again, and this time, for the AACS 15th Annual Jazz Breakfast. We are excited about performing and helping to support the goals and mission of AACS,” said Whiting. “It has always been a joy and pleasure to perform at the African American Cultural Center; the audience has been appreciative and supportive. Joining us this year will be jazz vocalist Ms. Melanie Hannans.”

In addition, be sure not to miss out on the full-course breakfast to only be served from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Tickets, at $20 per person, can be ordered from the African American Cultural Society at 386-447-7030, or purchased online at www.aacspc.eventbrite.com.

More jazz at Valentine’s party
You are invited to a Valentine’s Day Party, enjoying fun by-the-minute, and sponsored by the North East Florida Jazz Association (NEFJA). That’s Feb. 12, 4 to 7 p.m. at the Pine Lakes Golf Club, 400 Pine Lakes Parkway, Palm Coast.

The Palm Coast organization founded in 1987 has members beyond the confines of the area. It is a 501©(3) non-profit, engaging in jazz entertainment, and providing annual scholarships for students enrolled in jazz studies at a Florida college or university.

The scene will showcase guitarist Andre Gruber’s creativity. The Andre Gruber Quartet will provide the backup accompaniment. The evening will focus on music and refine your taste in food. A cash bar will be available.

Tickets are $25 each for members, $30 for non-members.

Since advanced reservations are required by Feb. 6, call NEFJA President Muriel McCoy at 386-445-1329.

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

Celebrations
Birthday wishes to Kionie Jordan, Feb. 2; Shirley Ruth, Feb. 3; Chloe’ Malloy, Bernice Moore, Jackie Whyte, Feb. 5; Margaret Young, Feb. 7; and Glenda Anderson, Feb. 8.

Happy anniversary to Lennie and Vivian Rowe, Feb. 5.

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