Paterson--On February 22, Solid Rock Baptist Church on Spring St. celebrated their first event called "A Taste of Black History."
The program started with a delicious breakfast prepared by the Pastor Care Ministry. Beginning the course of the breakfast the guests were greeted with a warm welcome, devotional praise and an introductory prayer. The prayer identified the meaning of unity. They emphasized the fellowship of God that brings about togetherness.
After the prayer and welcoming, a reading of James Weldon Johnson was read by Sis. Candace Pressley followed by the popular National Black Anthem, "Lift Every Voice."
All of the guests were immediately served accompanied by their gift of hospitality. Grits, eggs, sausages, salmon cakes and coffee was enjoyed by all as music and fellowship filled the Solid Rock community.
The Black History entertainment started with a game called, "See How Much You Know," which challenged everyone with a series of questions. When answered correctly, the participants were rewarded with a gift. The game was played intermittently throughout the course of the play.
The play pointed out the struggles of Black Americans. For example, the unfairness of misjudging two African-American boys accused of stealing from a grocery store. The graphic scene depicted the lives of African-Americans during the time of slavery.
Afterwards, the famous Martin Luther King speech, "I Have a Dream," was recited by Bro. Nathan Greene.
The wisdom of early American grandmothers was portrayed by Wylene Rogers. She made all aware about the importance of voter registration and the state of the black youth of today. She spoke of discipline and courtesy that was lacking among the youthful generation.
On a lighter side, Decon Do it Again imitated Bishop Secular who is well-known on many Christian radio broadcast networks. With a series of comedic jokes, everyone broke into laughter.
A moving recital of "Why did you Make Me Black," acted out by Sis Tracy Williams and Sis. Tina Floyd was an uplifting part of the celebration of Black folk.
The program ended with a special tribute to the home-going of Solid Rock Baptist Church legacy leaders. Everyone gave a moment of silence then blurted out names of those who have passed on.
The final remarks came from Sis Rashante Porter and Pastor Bennett Johnson, III, summarizing the unity needed by all.
All in all, the event was reflection of the trials and triumphs of African-Americans who contributed to the historical background of the American nation.