Sunday, February 23, 2014
Hundreds of people attended the 17th annual Tribute to African American women on Saturday evening in the Glisson Center at Bethel AME Church of Georgetown.
Each year the Sons of Allen pay tribute to African American Women, and honor those women who have played a significant role in the community.
The evening began with each women being presented with a long stem rose and escorted to her table by the young men who are planning to be future “Sons of Allen”.
Randy Gamble entertained the guest with uplifting traditional gospel and spirituals as dinner were served.
Reverend Sammy Grayson recited the purpose saying, “Sons of Allen rely on the women, the true beauty of a woman is reflected in her soul, and acknowledged that the purpose of tonight is to salute the women for all that they do.
This year’s theme was “She was there all the time”.
The Key note speaker was Reverend Joseph Darby, Presiding Elder of the Beaufort District A.M.E. churches.
Joseph Darby is a native of S.C. and a fourth generation minister.
In 2002 he was inducted in the Black Caucus Hall of Fame, and married for 40 years to Mary Darby.
He emphasized that we should honor woman daily.
His message was on unity and reclaiming the pride and dignity as African Americans.
He quoted “I don’t want nobody to give me nothing, open up the door and I’ll get it myself”, by the Godfather of Soul, the late James Brown.
He was given a standing ovation by the audience for an outstanding speech.
Randy Gamble played the popular gospel rendition of “I’ve got a feeling everything is going to be alright”.
The audience joined in clapping and singing, some stood up with hands raising and praising the Lord!
It was more like church in the midst of a banquet!
Three women were awarded for the work that they had carried on in the vineyard.
The plaques were hand crafted by the chapter secretary of the Sons of Allen, Phillip Lance.
The brothers asked him to do something different this year by creating a plaque, said Lance.
Barbara Grier was the first recipient who received a plaque for her outstanding leadership in the community.
Grier is a member of St. Paul AME church and obtained a degree in Social Studies.
She established the Daughters of Sarah Organization.
She is employed by Santee Cooper.
She is also a trained fire fighter and received the Fire Fighter of the year in 2013.
The second honoree was Sandra Holmes.
Holmes has been employed for over 40 years with the International Paper Co.
She is the Associate Deputy of the Eastern Stars.
Each year she gives a Christmas dinner serving at least 100 senior citizens and making sure that each one is given a gift for Christmas.
The Trail Blazer award was given to Ms. Lee Smith of Pawleys Island.
This award is given to a woman who is above the age of 70 with a lifelong legacy.
Ms. Smith began her work in the church as stewardess, and currently the minister of music at St. Johns AME church with Reverend Alfred Buckner.
She has been a member at St. Johns church for 36 years.
She is a retired LPN Nurse at Georgetown Memorial hospital.
Her motto is “I have never reached profession; but I’ve tried”.
Ms. Viola Evans was given a bouquet of red roses for being the oldest woman in the audience.
Ms. Evans is 91 years old.
Harvey Doctor and Kelly Loadholt were also recognized as being new pastors in the Georgetown District of the AME church.
Some seem to think that this was one of the best African American Tribute to Women in the 17 years of appreciation.
Victor Lance is the Chapter President of Sons of Allen.
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