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Black History Month program held Feb. 21

March 5, 2019

MCC’s 32nd Annual Black History Month Celebration was successfully held on February 21st, in the MCC campus auditorium. This year’s theme was “Strong Roots / Amazing Achievements.”

The event featured several incredibly talented local youth who highlighted the legacies of inspirational leaders, like Rosa Parks, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Aretha Franklin (just to name a few). MCC’s Information Technology Director, Elijah Freeman, served as the event’s emcee.

Following an invocation by Bishop Jerry M. McCrary (also the Mayor of Parmele) and a welcome from SGA President Princess Foster, the Riverside Gospel Choir of Williamston kicked off the event with a celebration in song.

The children from Smiling Faces Childcare Center in Williamston then performed a tribute to Rosa Parks. Parks, considered by many to be the “first-lady of civil rights,” made history on December 1, 1955, in Montgomery, Alabama, when she rejected bus driver James F. Blake's order to relinquish her seat in the "colored section" to a white passenger, after the whites-only section was filled. In keeping with Parks’ legacy, the students impressed the audience with a number of memorized quotes by Civil Rights activists and leaders.

The group, “All God’s Children” from Jamesville then performed “Excerpts from a King.” This group was comprised of brothers and sister, Nathanial, Daniel and Joyce Moore, and Javian McMillan. Each of the Moore children portrayed a famous leader during the Civil Rights Movement. Daniel assumed the persona of Dr. King, Nathanial quoted Robert Kennedy and Joyce was Aretha Franklin. Young McMillan served as an emcee, tying the three characters together within the context of the era.

The Right Now Praisers Mime Ministry from Robersonville followed with a celebratory performance in Mime. Gospel mime is a combination of praise song and mime that was formally introduced to African American worship in the 1990’s.

Dyreek Carter, an MCC Student then introduced the guest speaker, Samuel K. Shaw , III. Shaw, the Pastor of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church in Windsor, delivered an inspiring message on persevering.

The audience was treated to “A Walk in Fashion.” Several MCC employees and their friends and family modeled Africainspired clothing and accessories. Dr. Paul Hutchins, President of Martin Community College gave closing remarks. He thanked everyone for their participation in the event, especially Brenda G. Moore, who started the event 32 years ago. Moore, MCC’s HRD Program Coordinator, is retiring in March of 2019.

The Riverside Gospel Choir returned to the stage to sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing” after which the audience congregated in the foyer to enjoy light refreshments and view a display of historic hair styles created by MCC’s Cosmetology students.