Photo: Special to The Star
The Dorcas Arts and Social Club of Anniston held its annual Thanksgiving luncheon Nov. 15 at the City of Anniston’s Senior Center. The theme was ‘Giving thanks while honoring community unsung heroes.’ Approximately 200 guests and the honorees enjoyed the music of soloist Vanessa Bonner and a meal of turkey, dressing, peas and glazed carrots prepared by Earnest Woods. Door prizes were donated by the Dorcas Arts and Social Club membership. The club began in Anniston in 1919 and is a member of the National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs and Youth Affiliates. Its motto is ‘Lifting as We Climb.’
Honorees included, left to right, (standing) Bessie Simmons as the first black government employee in Anniston; Ethel Almon for her contribution as a state officer of the Alabama Association of Colored Women and Youth Affiliates; Eleanor Herd, spiritual leadership and community services; Queen English, community development and black family archivist; Melvin Walker, scout leader and youth development; Edward Wood, union worker and civil rights activist; (seated) Jerusha Steels for faithful membership in Dorcas Arts and Social Club. Not pictured is Betty Bell, for outstanding club sister.