New Birth Missionary Baptist Church is bringing a homecoming-style celebration complete with a Battle of the Bands, a live performance by Grammy Award-winning artist Tasha Cobbs Leonard and other festivities on Oct. 24 beginning at 9 a.m. at 6400 Woodrow Rd. in Stonecrest. Senior Pastor Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant will dedicate a portion of the program to honoring various community leaders and champions in DeKalb County.
“While many members of our congregation and community join us in a virtual worship service each week, we want to take another opportunity to reimagine church in a new way and honor those men and women who have served as pillars in our community through this pandemic,” said Bryant. “We want attendees to feel free to come as they are, wear their college paraphernalia and enjoy New Birth’s homecoming celebration.”
Honorees at the upcoming outdoor service include DeKalb County Chief Executive Officer Michael Thurmond, President of Organization of DeKalb Educators Deborah Jones, radio host and philanthropist Frank Ski, founder of Sisters by Choice Dr. Rogsbert Phillip-Reed, and community organizer Flossie Varner. Each honoree will receive a special tribute during the event for their respective community contributions and impacts that have touched thousands of lives.
Thurmond’s work in providing access for thousands of residents to receive the COVID-19 vaccination has helped serve as a shot in the arm for vaccination rates among Black, Latino and underserved communities countywide.
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SOURCE: The Atlanta Voice