Slaughter Library/Legacy FoundationBy CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER-HARVEY,
Legacy’s Enrichment Series ends with First Responders Salute
Our prayers continue to be with the family of Robin Leonardo Mejia Gonzalez especially his mother, Idalia Gonzalez Ruiz, and siblings. Young Robin was fatally injured in a traffic accident. Please continue to keep his family in your prayers.
Our prayers continue to be with families suffering recent losses and illnesses. Please remember them in your prayers.
Legacy’s Annual Enrichment Series concluded on the birthday of Mrs. Olivia Kelley Slaughter with appreciation tributes to Sheriff Mike Lee and his staff and Morton Fire Chief Joel Davidson and Deputy Chief Ilee Jones and staff. Chief Davidson explained the nature of his job and shared his background and experiences. Deputy Jones shared a typical day in the life of a volunteer fireman. Sheriff Lee explained his role and responsibilities as the County Lawman and referenced previous law enforcement experience. He was accompanied by Deputy Mike Holifield who addressed the subject of bullying as well the role of a deputy sheriff.
All officers shared safety tips in all walks of life. We regret the Morton Police Department did not participate. Legacy’s 5th and 6th grade mentees enthusiastically listened and established dialogue with these first responders. They presented guests with Legacy Appreciation Cupcakes, Warrior Powerade and Strength Chips. All First Responders received Legacy Mentee Appreciation Notes. Special thanks to Sheriff Lee and Fire Chief Davidson and their staffers for their participation. Thanks to Hawkins Principal Holbert and staff for their assistance.
We enjoyed the Fight for the Cure: 50 Shades of Pink program held Saturday, October 14th at the Church of Jesus Christ of the Apostolic Faith where Ms. Zeola William was the mistress of ceremony. Bishop Billy C. Williams, Sr. provided prayer, remarks and benediction. Guest speakers were Dr. Mattie R. Rasco, Assistant Professor/Nutrition Specialist at Alcorn State University and Alderwoman Cynthia Slaughter Melton who is also Team Captain of the Slaughter Library Relay for Life Team (SLRFL).
Dr. Rasco provided good information on nutrition and also conducted a most informative question and answer session on health and wellness. Alderwoman Melton expressed appreciation to Mrs. Bettie R. Robinson for the invitation to speak and shared information on the beginning of the SLRFL, its Team membership and good community support, and the Relay for Life which started in 1985. Other program participants included singer Mykeria Hayes, praise dancers Christa Hunt and Malaysia Spivey, Mesdames Shalonda Nash, Roma Robinson, and Gladys Macon.
Mrs. Esther R. “Ree” Johnson’s special day was recognized during her Birthday Bash held Saturday, August 26th at the Apple Tree Inn. She was saluted with “cheers to 67 years” by family and friends. This special occasion was sponsored by her sons, Lorenzo and Reggie; and Ms. Mary Purvis served as the mistress of ceremony. Rev. Larry Reed provided prayer and also shared words of encouragement as he paid tribute to the birthday lady. Other program participants included MyKeria Hays, Latoya Robinson, Natasha Slack, Betty Robinson, and many others. Belated happy birthday greetings to Mrs. Johnson and we salute her for her contributions to our community.
Congratulations to Constance Olivia Slaughter Harvey-Burwell on completion of her Master of Science Reading Education degree from St. Thomas University. Because of her graduation with distinction (3.9 GPA), she was granted membership in the Kappa Gamma Pi National Honor Society. Congratulations Mrs. Harvey-Burwell!!
The Annual Usher Day at Concord M. B. Church is this Sunday, October 22nd at 2:00 p.m. Little Rock’s Pastor Rev. Sheldon Thomas will be the guest speaker. All ushers and members of the public are invited to attend and participate. Rev. Henry Patrick is the pastor.
The Annual Legacy Harvest Fair/Sidewalk Sale, which is sponsored this year by the Legacy Mentee Parents Organization, will be held Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28th starting at 8:00 a.m. In addition to linen, rugs, towels, dishes, furniture, appliances, furnishings, toys, clothes, paintings, and other items, hot dogs, sports drinks, popcorn, and special home-baked goods will be available. Games will also be available on Saturday. Please mark these dates on your calendar and join us for the fun, food, bargain-hunting, and fellowship.
The Concord M. B. Church family invites our readers to their 145th Church Anniversary, Sunday, November 12th where the guest speaker will be Rev. Anthony Robinson, pastor of the St. John M. B. Church in Newton. As part of the Anniversary Celebration, a Banquet will be held Saturday, November 11th at 4:00 at the Reach One on One Center and tickets are $10 and may be obtained from any member of the church. Additional details will follow.
Answer to Quiz Teaser # 426: Cassidy School was the name of the Black school located near King Lumber Mill. The late Mrs. Roberta Ware Turner and Mamie Anderson were teachers there. Thanks to Coach James and the late Mrs. Pearl Clark for this information.
Quiz Teaser # 427: Who was the first African American principal of Morton Elementary School following desegregation?