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February 22, 2018 Black History Month luncheon entertains and enlightens

Kudos to Romeo Azondekon and the Cultural Diversity Committee for organizing another Black History Month luncheon enlisting amazing talents to uplift and engage the audience on numerous levels. A jazz quartet set the mood as people entered the event. Student Cortez Harris served as emcee for the event, leading the progression os entertainment. The program began with a powerful performance of song and dance (shown above) by John Graves Productions, filling the Conference Center with rich, golden voices of strength and resiliency.

Micaiah Smith Morris then introduced keynote speaker Joyce Davis, president and CEO of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg. Davis emphasized that we must continue to have faith in the ideals of truth and justice, as we recommit  to work for them.

After lunch, four excerpts from author Maria Thiaw's heartfelt Reclaiming My Time: An American Griot Project were performed (right). The complete dynamic performance will be shown at the Capital BlueCross Theatre March 8-11.

The annual BHM luncheon affords the opportunity to recognize identified students that have exemplified qualities of leadership, community service, personal character, social justice advocacy and academic excellence. Nominees are exemplary students and outstanding members of the Central Penn College community. Nominees are voted in by faculty and staff members and a final selection of nominees is completed by the BHM luncheon committee.

Dave Baker and Maggie Lebo presented the awards, named after the legacy of prominent African American figures in history, and the winners are (from left to right in the photo):

  • The Reverend Dr. Olin Harris Award for Character—Nashae Glover
  • The Rosa Parks Award for Academic Excellence—Wislene Verna
  • The Dr. C. Delores Tucker Award for Community Service—Paul Jones
  • The Dr. Martin Luther King Award for Leadership—Morgan Littleford
  • The Bayard Rustin Award for Social Justice Advocacy—Sarayuth Pinthong

In addition to the recognition, each of the winning students received a $500 scholarship from the Central Penn College Education Foundation.