Youth  Celebration  Program

The Community Awareness Organization announces the keynote services for the 2019 Enterprise City-Wide Celebration of the Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20 at 5 p.m. at Pleasant Shade Baptist Church in Enterprise. Rev. E. Steven Richardson will serve as keynote speaker as well as host pastor during this year’s annual event.

Richardson earned a bachelor’s degree Alabama State University and after having spent time in Anchorage, Alaska as a Minister of Music, attended The Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary, earning a Master of Divinity and Master of Theology. In 2018 he completed a Masters of Arts Degree in Marriage Family Therapy through North Central University.

In addition to Richardson’s pastoral oversight of four churches, he also serves as Superintendent of Missions for the Alabama Baptist State Convention. He has been married for 29 years to Melanie Manear-Richardson, and they have two children and four grandchildren.

The music provided by the Mass Choir is always a favorite and a splendid and inspirational part of the program. The choir will sing under the direction of Jessica Pettway and accompanied by organist Joe Merida. Choir members are volunteers from all over the city of Enterprise and several surrounding communities.

The Youth Celebration Program is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 18, at 6 p.m. at Pleasant Shade Baptist Church

Each year on the Friday before the national holiday honoring Dr. King’s birthday, the Community Awareness Organization begins its weekend celebration with services led by the city’s youth. This kickoff celebration reflects on the dream, the mission, the accomplishments and the legacy of the late Dr. King, from the vantage point of young people who were born decades after Dr. King was assassinated.

The Youth Night Celebration features 17 students from local churches who will share their thoughts in essays on the theme “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: A Reality or Still a Dream.”

The students participating in this year’s celebration are:

Nakaily Bass, 8

Morning Star Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor: Rev. Dennis Johnson

J’Niya Blackmon, 13

Church of Progress

Pastor: Bishop Demetrius Ford

Jaylen Burnice, 10

Greater New Life Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor: Rev. C. A.

Hammond, Jr.

Bryce Deetion, 8

Church: Poplar Springs

Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor: Rev. Donald K. Mitchell

Nakali Aniah Fluellen, 8

Church: Poplar Springs

Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor: Rev. Donald K. Mitchell

Malachi Fullard, 10

Church: Pleasant Shade Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor: Rev. E. Steven

Richardson

Aiden Isaiah Goosby, 15

Church: Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor: Dr. J. Henry Williams

Kalycia Nichelle Haynes, 17

Church: HighPointe Church

Pastor: Derek Williams

Erika Lofton, 14

Church: Mt. Zion

Missionary Baptist Church

Interim Pastor: Rev. Johnny Hutcherson

Tray Pierson, 16

Church: Liberty Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor: Rev. Fredrick Alvin

Rickey Sutton III, 12

Church: Morning Star

Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor: Rev. Dennis Johnson

Cameron Turner, 9

Church: Church of Progress

Pastor: Bishop Demetrius Ford

Shandajia Tyson, 17

Church: Johns Chapel

AME Church

Pastor: Rev. Willie White Jr.

Semaj Wilkins, 10

Church: Greater New Life Missionary Baptist Church

Pastor: Rev. C. A.

Hammond, Jr.

The Union Missionary Baptist Church Choir of Brundidge will provide music. The choir consists of over 50 members under the direction of Dorothy Ann Thomas.

The Community Awareness Organization will not host a Memorial March this year. The public is invited to come and celebrate these two events

For more information, please contact Gloria Wheeler, president, at (334) 347-2109; Marge Simmons, publicity chair, at (334) 477-1962; or Essie DuBose, program chair, at (334) 347-2834.

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