AACS returns from hiatus with cookout, schedule of events


The annual cookout gave a visual prompt of involvement for the upcoming events, while the members and guests enjoyed mouthfuls of sensational goodness. 

The African American Cultural Society (AACS) through the Ways & Means (W&M) Committee offered fish, chicken, franks and the trimmings, while chalking it up to celebrating after a recent recess and inevitably “perpetuating the cultural heritage of African Americans and the African Diaspora through social, educational, artistic, and intellectual activities.”

“We are gathered here today, and this is our first time having our annual cookout at AACS, and it won’t be the last time,” said W&M Chair Vanessa James Foxe. 

Members and guests enjoyed food indoors and outdoors under the canopies, as well as a cash bar, music, bingo and dominoes. 

The members of the soon-to-be 28-year-old society have been drawn to their cookouts at Bing’s Landing, Hammock Community Center, James Holland Memorial Park, Herschel King Park, and other facilities. 

Among the members and friends who enjoyed their food indoors were Lawrence Green, Ethel Green, Peggy Aleem and Renata McCarthy, who is standing.

‘Green Book’ showing 

AACS’ upcoming events will involve the motion picture film, “The Green Book.” 

It is projected to air Sept. 26, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the AACS, due to members Alton and Jackie Dempsey’s openhandedness. 

The film captures New York City bouncer Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga’s search for new employment after his nightclub closes for renovation, and he lands an interview as a driver for “Doc” Don Shirley, a famed pianist, and whereby their initial encounter does not go well.

On schedule is a new documentary, “Toni Morrison: The Pieces I Am,” a humble remembrance of the Noble Prize novelist, who passed away Aug. 5. 

The Washington Post ascribes to “how long she had to wait for the recognition she so richly deserved, and what a distinctive, generous, funny, astute, self-doubting, unstoppable and formidable figure she was along the way.” 

The film is certain to have a curtain call Sept. 28, 2 p.m. at the African American Cultural Society, 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast. 

Admission is free, and it’s open to the public. 

And, for those who have interests in supporting the society’s ongoing efforts, freewill donations are welcomed. 

The AACS can be reached at 386-447-7030. 

As a postscript, the Ways and Means Committee members are: Vanessa James Foxe, president; Pastor Charlene Cothran, Sondra Henderson, Shirley Jacobs, Sybil Dodson-Lucas, Seconia Reid, Gloria Singleton, Jean Tanner, Sharon Waring, Annette Williams, and Janice Williams.

The Rev. G. Vincent Lewis will be the Men’s Day speaker at First Church.

Georgia minister will address First Churchmen 

The Rev. G. Vincent Lewis will serve as the messenger for Men’s Day, Oct. 13, 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., at First Church.

The public is invited to hear this powerful preacher! 

Rev. Lewis is CEO of GVL Consulting, LLC, and formerly pastor of Social Justice, as well as Leadership Development of Ministerial and Lay Leaders at the House of Hope in Decatur, Georgia. He has served as Chief Ministerial Officer at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in the Carol City neighborhood of Miami Gardens. 

The Men’s Day theme is “Redigging the Wells of the Fathers.” 

The celebration will be preceded by a fish fry, Oct. 12, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

First Church – the Rev. Gillard S. Glover, Pastor – at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast, can be contacted for details, or for preordering the fish at 386-446-5759. 


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


Birthday wishes to Rehanna Caldwell, Gina M. Robinson, Sept. 29; Horace J. Eubanks, Sept. 30; Rose Williams, Willie T. Mitchell, and Micah Booker, Oct. 1.


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