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Voorhees College holds Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

Jerry E. Halmon, Staff Reporter

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was well known for the dream he had for what America could become as a country. But, we today, who are heirs to the dream and legacy of Dr. King should “watch out for the dream killers” was the message the Rev. Herman “Skip” Mason, of Atlanta, GA. and the 33rd General President, of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc told a large audience Thursday morning, January 20, in the Lawrence Memorial Auditorium of Massachusetts Hall on the campus of Voorhees College.

Mason told those assembled on the Voorhees College campus, to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King that his (King’s) dream was not allowed to die. The proof of that he said is when one looks at the ascendancy of Barack Obama to the Presidency of the United States.

“What if Elizabeth Evelyn Wright’s dream had been killed,” he said, noting that it was unheard of for a Black woman to have dream of starting a school in the 1800’s. “The dream killers are sometimes those people closest to you. The greatest thing that you can do to honor Dr. King dream is graduate from Voorhees College,” Mason told the large group of students in attendance at the program.

Rev. Mason said that he wanted to leave the students with few words of advice: “You have to protect your soul from those things that are not good for you. Learn to trust your instincts, step away from bad people and bad situations and pray for discernment. Surround yourself with like-minded individuals and don’t tell everyone your dream.”

Rev. Mason told the students and those in the audience that they should “have gratitude” and accept situations in life as they come. “Realize that you can’t please everybody. And, you only owe yourself, your family and your God.”

In closing he told the group to be like Dr. King and “dare to take charge.” “Dr. King dared to go to jail (where he wrote his famous “Letters from a Birmingham Jail” he dared to march, he dared to try the non-violence approach, he dared to take on the war on poverty, he dared to go to Memphis Tennessee and to die.”

“What is your dream right now? To graduate from college and fulfill your destiny in life, let not the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. die,” Mason said.

Fire Department Honors

Jerry Durgan, Contributing Writer

Choking back tears, Fire Chief Timmie Taylor presented a plaque to son Brian and Mrs. Sandifer, to be placed at the SC Fire Academy in honor of Buddy’s “long and honored service” to the Bamberg Fire Department. Buddy retired from the department in 2008 with 45 years of service and passed away during the summer of 2010.

Bamberg Fire Department Secretary Chris Sandifer, in offering a response, said that at first the department thought that a name change to the annual banquet might be appropriate, but, he said, after consideration, “we thought it might not be necessary.” In honor of the women of firefighters, he said “No other wives would put up with …” and listed the many things that wives put up with each and every day. “Most important,” he said, “is that you give us a shoulder to cry on …” when we return from a fire that has destroyed a family’s home or livelihood, or lives. “You are the reason we make sure we return home,” he said.

Jeddah Temple Donates

Jerry Durgan, Contributing Writer

In a year of budget cuts across the state, the Orangeburg Jeddah Temple #160 donated a welcome $500 to the Bamberg County Disabilities and Special Needs Board Jan. 5. “Your donation is greatly appreciated,” said the Board’s Executive Director Dr. Gloria James. “A large number of persons will benefit from this donation, including consumer and families.”

The Board provides services for people with developmental disabilities or special needs in Bamberg County, serving a total of 144 consumers through its Service Coordination Program, 64 consumers through its Adult Day Program, and 29 residents live in residential housing such as community training homes and community residential care facilities.

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