Layla Glenn,4, performs during the program.

Bill Wilson

A memory table was set up Sunday at the 18th Annual Black History Program at the Community Center in memory of Father James Macey, who pastored St. Charles Catholic Church. Father Jim Handerhan from St. Charles was among the 200 who gathered to honor Macey and celebrate Black History. He read a scripture from the New Testament.

Other local pastors who attended were Rev. Christopher Taylor of First Baptist on Vann Street, Rev. Hurley Grissom of St. Paul CME and Rev. Roosevelt Parker of New Hope Baptist.

Sandra Sudduth coordinated the program, which paid tribute to the youth of the area as well as those who reside in the community. Marcus Reid was master of ceremonies. Mayor Johnny Smith was on hand to speak and read a proclamation of Black History Month.

Nancy Dickens was in charge of the decorations, including the tables. She lit a candle in memory of Macey. Dorothy McDermott sang the National Anthem, and Louise Veasley acted out a scene based on the 1963 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in Birmingham. She reacted to the news of the four young girls who were killed.

The East Central Alabama Young Marines posted the colors. The National Pan-Hellenic Council and the NAACP of Jacksonville State University, the Young Marines the Girls Detention Center were present. Djembe Drums from Rome, Ga., performed.

Members of the committee are Ethel Kimbrough, Nell Coleman, Constance Nation, Myrus Weaver, Emily O. Lipscomb, Freida Morris, Nancy Dickens, Theresa Curry, Glenda Jemison, Rosemary Sneed and USMC (ret.) Gilbert Taylor.

Sudduth said she deemed the day a success and expressed her appreciation for those who attended. She praised the young people who performed and helped in the program.

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