“Frederick Douglass and other Black leaders met with President Andrew Johnson to advocate for Black citizens’ voting rights, which Johnson opposed.
“As we enter February 2020, let us not forget that our struggle is NOT over.
“This fight began many decades ago, and just because that is true, it does not mean that any of us can rest on our laurels. The struggle continues.
“In fact, we should be hearing the results of the 2020 Iowa caucus on tomorrow as Election Day 2020 dawns on us all.
“Consider the importance of your votes and the consequences of not voting. Not only did many of our ancestors fight and die for the privilege, but each time we exercise the use of our vote – if it is done wisely – we benefit.
“Observe and honor it with the exercise of your civic duty. Give your loved ones good examples to follow.
“Every day of this modern time is a critical one. Act like you know that. Do what these times dictate that you must do, not just for yourself, but for all who are depending on you.
“Do it because it is right, and it is your right!”
Then, John Winston, president emeritus of the African American Mentoring Program for Boys in Flagler County, responded:
“Amen and Amen. It is so important to send this critical message at a time of great need among our people as the siren call to action.
“However, the most important point and question: “Will we once again allow it to fall on deaf ears? To be forewarned, is to be forearmed!
“Vote, vote, vote, and once finished, go vote again! Hello! “God bless you, Vikki.”
Youth to put on Black History show
The 17th Annual Youth Black History Reality Show will highlight the African American experience of “The Beginning…Before We Were African-Americans.”
That’s Feb. 16, 4 p.m., at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast.
It’s free admission and partially funded by the City of Palm Coast. Donations will be appreciated.
For details, call 386-447-7030.
Former NBA player to speak at church
The Rev. Cazzie Russell will be the messenger for the service at First Church, Feb. 16, 8 a.m., and everyone is invited.
Russell, an ordained minister, is best remembered as a professional basketball player and coach, and an NBA All-Star player with the New York Knicks.
First Church, where the Rev. Gillard S. Glover serves as the pastor, is located at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast. For further details, call 386-446-5759.
Men’s Ministry plans St. Simons trip
Come ride with the First Church Men’s Ministry on an exciting historical journey to the Sea Island of St. Simons, Georgia.
Visit communities and view historic African American sites like Igbo Landing, the setting of a mass suicide in 1803 by captive Igbo people, who had taken control of their slave ship and refused to submit to slavery in the United States.
Hear the stories that have gone untold like the impactful influence of the Gullah-Geechee people of the Golden Isles.
It’s round-trip on a luxury bus with a guided tour provided by the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition. It will include a buffet lunch at Ole Times Country Buffet.
The bus will leave First Church, 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast.
So, mark your calendar for Feb. 29, 7:30 a.m., returning at 7:30 p.m.
All of this for $75 per person.
Checks are payable to the First Church of Palm Coast. For tickets, contact First Church, 386-446-5759 or Bro. William Mosley, 904-393-0591.
Other points of interest, if time will permit, include the Arthur J. Moore Methodist Museum, Cassina Garden Club, Tabby Slave Cabins, and other sights.
Library to show ‘Harriet’ on Feb. 26
Producer Linda Epps and artist Lawrence Green will wrap up Black History Month with a focal point, “Remembering Harriet Tubman.”
The date is Feb. 26, noon to 5 p.m. at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 South Beach Street, Ormond Beach.
The movie “Harriet” is set to begin at 1 p.m. It will include “Concepts to Think About” presented by Kwando Kinshasa, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the Africana Studies Department of John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York.
Get your copies of the Daytona Times from Toney’s Barber Shop, 218 St. Joe Plaza Drive, Palm Coast; and from the African American Cultural Society, 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.
Birthday wishes to Candace Price, Feb. 14; Joseph Matthews, Feb. 17; BJ Jones, Lilieth Vaz, Feb. 18; and Mamie Cauley, Feb. 19.