Georgia Churches Celebrate Black History

In a skit illustrating past struggles for black Americans, young people hold up signs at the Holy Zion program. From left are Mason Hill, Jaylen Warren, Brice Bradley, Shandrill Bolton and Aaliyah Stanley.

`Several Coweta County churches set aside time in February to celebrate Black History Month.

Providence Baptist Church on Summers-McKoy Road had Black History Month as the focus of its Feb. 24 worship service. Dr. Melvin D. Brittian Jr., pastor at Providence, brought the message.

“Mrs. Louise Gibson and Mrs. Susan Brittian were chairpersons for the Black History Celebration,” said church member Doris Powell.

St. Smyrna Baptist Church on Heery Road had a Black History program that connected the congregation with political and community leaders.

“We invited elected and appointed officials who live in Coweta,” said church member Cynthia Jenkins, who is herself mayor pro-tem of Newnan.

Also invited were leaders of the historically black Greek fraternities and sororities because of their commitment to the Divine Nine Youth Leadership Program that was started in 2017. Divine Nine “is one of the outcroppings of the 2014 Crime Reduction Taskforce study that the city of Newnan conducted with neighborhood members and a consultant,” Jenkins said.

The Divine Nine Youth Leadership Program started at Ruth Hill Elementary and is in its second year.

“Fraternity and sorority members conduct monthly programs and excursions to teach leadership skills, self esteem, soft skills and broaden their views of the world,” Jenkins said. “In February the group visited the Center for Civil and Human Rights.”

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Source: Newnan Times-Herald