A GREAT AND MEANINGFUL FRIDAY WAS EXTENDED INTO A GREAT AND MEANINGFUL WEEKEND.
After spending Friday at the groundbreaking of the New Rutledge Pearson Elementary School with a veritable Who’s Who of political and community guests and the Pearson Family, and the Emancipation Proclamation in Lonnie Miller Park sponsored by a host of matchless Community-Based Organizations, I was off to Daytona Beach on Saturday to speak Saturday night at the Emancipation Day program sponsored by the Daytona Beach Volusia County NAACP at the invitation of their inimitable and incomparable President, Cynthia Slater.
This morning, Sunday, May 22, 2022, I spoke to the Youth Day Service at Allen Chapel AME Church, President Slater's church, and pastored by the Rev. Dr. Nathan Mugala. It is always an honor for me to speak to young people and take the time to tell those things that they will not ordinarily hear, even though they should hear. Once again, Unless WE Tell Them...They Won't Get Told!
Incredible warmth and reception by Allen Chapel with a true Family Spirit. Thank you, Allen Chapel AME and Pastor Mugala. Thank you, President Slater, for the fantastic job last night and my introduction this morning. Thank you, Daisy Grimes and Judge Grimes. Thank you to the wealth of persons I met last night and this morning in Daytona Beach.
Thank you, President Gillis. Thank you, Alex. Thank you, Gary. Thank you, L. J. Holloway. Thank you, Elnora. Thank you, Sandra. Thank you to everybody associated with the groundbreaking at Lonnie Miller Park.
Thank you, School Board Superintendent Diana Greene. Thank you, Rutledge Henry Pearson Principal and Florida Principal of 2022, Carolyn Davis. Thank you talented Rutledge H. Pearson Elementary School students. Thank you, School Board members Jones, Willie, and Coker. Thank you, City Council members Jackson (my niece) and Dennis. Thank you, State Representatives Davis, Nixon, and State Senator Gibson. Thank you to Mr. Lloyd Pearson and the Revered Pearson Family, especially Mr. Rutledge Pearson's offspring, Pat, "Bud," and Roderick. Thanks to everyone involved with this outstanding "groundbreaking."
I was Surrounded by Black and Brilliant young people and Black and Brilliant not-so-young people on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. THANK YOU, GOD. IT WAS A GREAT BLACK AND BRILLIANT WEEKEND.
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Rodney. L. Hurst, Sr.