Monthly Archive: May 2012

May 31

S.L. Jones Christian Academy Celebrates Graduation

Graduates sit and wait during the celebratory proceedings of the S L Jones Christian Academy 2012 Graduation held May 19, 2012

Saturday, May 19, fourteen young adults walked across the stage to receive their high school diploma and to begin their lives as proper community citizens. Millicent Demps, principal of the S. L. Jones Christian Academy, emceed the event. All listened attentively as the speaker, Ellison Bennett, gave thoughtful and heartening advice. “Congratulations on not giving …

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May 31

Some lose out on CMPA Contracts

BY: Wesley Martin On May 16, 2012 the Community Maritime Park Associates held a board of trustees meeting at City Hall. At the meeting, citizens were informed of Affordable Concrete’s, a local construction company, long and tedious wait for pay. ”We started [work] the Friday before I signed the contract,” said Rhonda Goggans, owner of …

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May 31

Mrs. Christine Gooding Celebrates Being 90 Years of Life and Health

Christine Gooding

BY: J Miles Family and friends flew into Pensacola to help Mrs. Christine Gooding, also known as “Mama Gooding,” celebrate her 90th birthday. Family members gave her a dinner Saturday evening at New World’s Landing followed by cake and punch at her church, Bethel AME Zion Sunday after 11 a.m. service. Happy Birthday Auntie! We …

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May 31

NAACP Bridges Generations of Power at Leadership 500 Summit

BY: Ben Wrobel The national NAACP visited Destin, Florida over Memorial Day Weekend to discuss the most pressing issues facing communities of color today at the eighth annual Leadership 500 Summit. This year’s summit brought together professionals of color for a chance to network and engage with the 102-year-old civil rights organization. The centerpiece of …

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May 31

New Birth Baptist Church Choir HoldsAnnual Choir Day

new birth choirs

Sunday afternoon, May 27, the angels got together and sang at New Birth Baptist Church.  Disguised in the form of the New Birth Choir and Pilgrim Lodge Baptist Church Choir, a rejoicing and high praise began the afternoon for members and visiting friends. On hand to help with the celebration was the Sylvania Heights Baptist …

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May 24

Hawthorne Resigns as African American Chamber Chairman

By: Wesley Martin Last Friday morning, the chairman of the Gulf Coast African-American Chamber of Commerce, George Hawthorne, resigned from his post after months of speculation regarding his effectiveness. “Since I have clearly become a source of distraction from the Chamber’s most important mission … I am going to do what a ‘real’ leader should,” …

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May 24

King’s Autism Foundation Holds Annual Fashion Show

Sunday afternoon, clergy and ladies and gentlemen of the community got a change to strut their stuff down the runway to raise funds for The King Richard Foundation, Inc. At Sunday’s fashion show, approximately 200 guests attended the gala and enjoyed a scrumptious dinner of roast beef, vegetables, rice and salad.  Much to their pleasure, …

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May 24

Faith Matters to Covenant Hospice Care

By: Jeremie Samuel Community educators of Covenant Hospice offered citizens and health care professionals information on End-of-Life Care during the Faith Matters program held at Zion Hope Primitive Baptist Church last Friday. The Faith Matters program, a joint venture between Covenant Hospice and the Diversity Engagement Committee of Covenant Hospice for the Pensacola area, offered …

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May 24

Official Statement: Same Sex Marriage

Official Statement of the Church of God in Christ, Inc. Regarding Same Sex Marriages and Civil Unions   The President’s position regarding “same-sex marriage” has set off a “firestorm,” unlike any other debate in our civil society, perhaps, since the civil rights unrest of the mid-20th century.   The advocacy for same-sex marriage, while in …

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May 17

“I’ll Always Love My Mama Dinner” Honors Mothers In the Community

Ida Valentine, 92, enjoys dinner at the Truth for Youth Mother’s Day celebration. Food for the soul and H&O Cafe both provided catering for the event held at Cobb Community Center

BY: J Miles Sunday afternoon Truth for Youth gave a lavish Mother’s Day dinner for the mothers of the Pensacola community. “We were happy to have over 40 mothers celebrate Mother’s Day with us,” said Rev. Powell, founder and CEO of the faith-based organization. As the mothers dined, they listened to artists as Mahalia Jackson, …

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