On February 29, the last day of 2020’s Black History Month, over 60 people attended
the “Celebrating Our Heritage through Poem and Song” event sponsored by the local
Democratic Party. Hosted by the Spirit and Truth of Jesus Church in Summerville,
the evening featured local singers, spoken word, dance and exhibits. Church
members and Democrats contributed an abundance of dishes for an authentic
Southern meal for all to enjoy.
The evening’s program was emceed and coordinated by Pam Albert. It included
rousing spirituals from local songstresses Janice Foster and Linda Finley. The
talented Davion Mosteller and Deja Bankston performed a beautiful and evocative
praise dance. Felicia Foster related the many accomplishments of Black inventors
through an essay titled, “The Story of Theo.”
Clemmie Black related her personal encounter with poet Maya Angelou before
reciting her most famous poem, “Still I Rise.” Judy Adams delivered a historical
retrospective in an account of the Ruby Bridges Story.
The walls of the fellowship hall were lined with exhibits provided by Felicia Foster,
Judy Adams, Lorenza Foster and Pam Albert. Included were original artwork of
Black leaders and icons, campaign memorabilia of Barack Obama and Maynard
Jackson, and personal photos of local leaders. Many displays depicted historical
information of bravery, such as the beautiful quilt depicting symbols used by the
Underground Railroad. Several exhibits detailed customs and information of Africa.
Local community leaders were honored with certificates of appreciation for their
contributions to the county. These included Annie Bell Farmer, Maxine West, Alfred
McDaniel and Clemmie Black. Ben Moseley was honored posthumously with the
Barbara Massey Reece shared her memories of local heroes who contributed to our
county in numerous and unacknowledged ways but who nevertheless shaped our
community. Mayor Harry Harvey capped off the evening by encouraging the
audience to plan for the present and look to the future.
Teresa Pope and Holley Strawn-Gilliland, both, candidates for Probate Court Judge,
were in attendance and briefly addressed the crowd. Democratic Party Chairman
Cynthia Hubler reminded the crowd of the importance of voting.
“It was truly inspiring to see and hear these talented performers,“ stated Hubler.
“We feel privileged to be a part of this evening and plan to make this an annual
event.” Hubler also expressed the party’s gratitude to Bishop V.T. Harden and the
members of the Spirit and Truth of Jesus who provided not only food for the meal,
but also invaluable support in organizing the location.
Contributed article from Cynthia Hubler