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Henderson County News: MLK Jr. Unity program celebrates African American businesses, schools

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MLK Jr. Unity program celebrates African American companies, faculties

Odell Suber Jr. performs within the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity celebration.

The 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Celebration advanced to a digital program this yr with a video celebration honoring the civil rights chief and celebrating Hendersonville’s neighborhood of shade throughout Jim Crow segregation.


Due to restrictions on gatherings, the standard breakfast held at Blue Ridge Neighborhood Faculty was moved to a digital format. The video is just not reside, and viewers are invited to look at from the consolation of their properties any time. The video is right here.


Launched by United Breakfast Chair Shirley Davidson, this system options opening and shutting gospel songs by Odell D. Suber Jr., and sketches by Ronnie Pepper, who shared transient historical past sketches of vital African-American companies and establishments throughout “separate however equal” segregation. The video was made in a partnership with the Neighborhood Basis of Henderson County.

Pepper’s tour included the James Pilgrim Funeral Dwelling, 836 Third Ave. West; the Landina Visitor Home, at 17 First Avenue West, which was listed within the “Inexperienced Guide” African-American vacationers used to search out in a single day lodging; the African-American part of Oakdale Cemetery; the location of the previous Sixth Avenue Faculty, which opened in 1916 and served all grades of African-American college students (later changed by the Ninth Avenue Faculty, which served black kids from three counties); the location of Buster Robinson’s cab stand, first within the Inexperienced Meadows neighborhood and afterward Whitted Road at Seventh Avenue West; the grill run by Estelle and Sylvester, which bought Jack cookies (2 for a penny), served rooster containers and scorching canines and performed Ray Charles on the jukebox; the greater than 150-year-old Mud Creek Missionary Baptist Church on Mine Hole Highway and the Mud Creek Affiliation, the place migrants acquired schooling, vaccinations and well being care; the Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church cemetery, the place black individuals are buried together with white folks; and apple orchards in Edneyville.

“You had black those that owned orchards and farms,” Pepper mentioned. “They do not understand how unfold out our (folks within the) neighborhood of shade are. Despite the fact that you do not see us, we’re there. Identical to within the historical past books, we’re between the pages, current and dealing laborious.”

To shut the 24-minute program, Terry Younger learn choose quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. together with this yr’s theme, “The time is all the time proper to do what is true.”

The MLK Day of Service additionally introduced plans for this yr. A number of youth teams will host a brief Zoom opening program honoring Dr. King’s legacy. Then, as in previous years, they are going to collect safely with one another or their households to bag household meals of rice and beans for the shoppers of The Storehouse, 1049 Spartanburg Freeway. The bagged meals can be delivered to the Storehouse.

Everybody can be invited to drive by the Storehouse between 1:30 and three p.m. to drop off non-perishable meals or cash to assist present meals to members of our neighborhood who’ve been significantly affected by the coronavirus and the accompanying monetary misery. Meals will also be dropped off on the entrance to the St. James Parish Corridor from 1 to 2 p.m.


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