2005-07-22 / Community

‘Juneteenth’ at St. John’s Church

Samaritan Hands Community Outreach Center recently celebrated the holiday of ‘Juneteenth’, which commemorates African American freedom from slavery in the United States. The day included prayer and a seminar focusing of education and self-improvement.

Led by Dr. James D. Williams, senior pastor of St. John Baptist Church, dozens of guests attended the event, which began with speaker Evangelist Ella Puckett, who brought a message on ‘Moving Forward.’ The day continued with the youth mentoring program known as ‘UNITY’ when the young adults in the program delivered a message about ‘Peer Pressure’. The teens interviewed several youths in the community on peer pressure and presented a film. The seminar ended with the ‘Father T.R.N.’ Program that featured men reflecting on personal experiences dealing with social injustice.

Other invited guest speakers in attendance were political activists Bob Simmons and David Hooks, who closed the seminar with a message to children and adults on ‘giving hope,’ and taking advantage of opportunities in the community for self-empowerment. During the event, the youth and group members of Samaritan Hands were presented with certificates awarded to them from Congressman Gregory W. Meeks and Assemblywoman Michele Titus. These awards were given for Academic Achievement and for Community Outreach Volunteers. A spokesperson said it was “simply a great occasion where we all enjoyed music, singing, literature and lots of food.”

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