Ormond Beach library lines up speakers for Black History Month

Black History

Promoters Linda Epps and Lawrence Green are dropping the mic and headlining the Fourth Annual Black History Month with history, culture, and art.

Epps produces the month-long program, while Green exhibits his art for a window display.

Black History Month will shape Black consciousness, opening with former news anchor Jackie Brockington lighting the stage with a talk, “Doing Our Part.”

Black History

That’s Feb. 8, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Ormond Beach Regional Library, 30 South Beach Street, Ormond Beach.

The newscaster has held Central Florida’s anchor spot for the NBC affiliate WESH Channel 2 during the late 1980s – only to arrive as the anchor at News 13 in 2001, until retiring in 2017.

Gerri Wright-Gibson will introduce Brockington.

Wright-Gibson is the former president of the Daytona Beach Symphony Guild, the financial arm of presenting dance, opera and world-class performances at the Peabody Auditorium.

Lecture on Africa

The opening will pull together Epps and Green’s other presentations for Black History Month at the library.

Nile Valley historian Robert Whiting has researched Africa for 40-plus years.

He’s a former federal government official, knowledgeable in the Medu Netcher (Egyptian hieroglyphs) – and he’s a guitarist.

Whiting will give a talk Feb. 10, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., and will address “Let the Ancestors Speak.”

Covering “Emigration vs. Assimilation: Views of the African-American Press” is Kwando Kinshasa, Ph.D., sociology professor emeritus of the African Studies Department, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.

Dr. Kinshasa is a chronicler of the African-Diaspora experience.

He will speak Feb. 12, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Music and poetry

Feb. 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will bring the cadences in love songs for a Valentine’s Day special.

The songs will enhance the collective power of vocalists Diana Lewis and Lois Williams of Dante Productions; Tweetye, along with line dancing; Imani Kinshasa and poetry; and the minister of music with a four-octave range – better known as Simply Robin.

Storyteller Clara Bivens will share the experiences of “Forging the Past,” Feb. 21, 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Bivens’ name has M.S. Ed. following it, and she facilitates storytelling workshops as a member of Tradition Keepers, Black Storytellers of Western New York.

Imani Kinshasa, commentator/fashion model/registered nurse, will introduce Bivens.

Black Press presentation

Charles W. Cherry II will present a fascinating conversation of “Black-Owned Media in the 21st Century.”

That’s Feb 28, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Cherry, publisher of the Daytona Times and the Florida Courier, also is the general manager of WPUL AM radio. In addition, he is a writer, radio broadcaster, strategic business-planning consultant and an attorney.

Kinshasa will introduce Cherry.

In conjunction, artists Lawrence and Eyrk Green will transform their art into a display during the entire month of February.

It will be exhibited under the banner: “Arts on Granada,” at 67 West Granada Boulevard in Ormond Beach – and will conclude the month-long program of history, culture and art.

First Church pastor’s sermons to focus on King

Join Pastor Gillard S. Glover as he preaches at the 8 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. services, celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King’s mission and commitment to human rights and equality.

All are invited to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy.

Special music has been provided for the Jan. 20 service.

First Church, pastored by Rev. Glover – at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast – can be reached at 386-446-5759.

NAACP to install officers Tuesday

The Flagler County NAACP will have a general membership meeting – led by branch president Linda Sharpe Matthews – Jan. 22, 6 p.m., at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 U. S. 1 North, Palm Coast.

The installation of newly elected officers will take place.

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

Youth show to examine Florida’s past

Such an immense journey we’ve trodden – like a Florida mosaic of a legacy, sacrifices and contributions, and where young people will act in the 16th Annual Youth Black History Reality Show, Jan. 27, 4 p.m., at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast.

They will take in the journey at Rosewood, Fort Blount, St. Augustine and Fort Mose; Flagler County, Eatonville, Miami, and the role that Daniel “Chappie” James played in Pensacola, the Henrietta Marie slave ship in the Florida Keys, and the prominent residents of the City of Bunnell.

A 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, the African American Cultural Society’s mission is to preserve and perpetuate the cultural heritage of African-Americans through social, educational, artistic and intellectual activities and services, deemed to be in the best interest of the entire community.

Regarding donations and scholarship information, call Jeanette Wheeler, program chair, at 386-302-0441.

The scholarships will benefit the graduating students in the show.

In addition, scholarship donations are accepted online at www.aacspc.eventbrite.com.

The Youth Black History Reality Show, which is free to the public, is partially funded by the City of Palm Coast.


As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.


Birthday wishes to Thea Smith, Gladys Carr, Jan. 17; Donald Jones, Jan. 18; Kilus White Sr., Jan. 19; Gloria Wilder, Jan. 20; Nathaniel Shropshire, III, Jan. 21; and Raven Sword, Jan. 23.


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