Sunny skies greet African-American history celebration

Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 at 12:38 PM.

The Hillside Talent Showcase featured original music artist Courtney “C-bell” Bell, and there was the traditional ethnic fashion show, coordinated by Sherry O’Neal, plus this year line dancing led by Dan Savage and Asenath Thomas. Also performing were the dance ministries of Hillside Dancers for Christ, a community based troupe directed by Teresa Ann Martin, and True Love and Heavenly Angels, troupes from the Friendship Missionary Baptist Church.

Members of Tallahassee’s Valentine Lodge No. 147 of the F & AM Masonic Order, were on hand to promote their hopes of reviving what once was a vibrant Masonic lodge on the Hill up until the 1980s.

The musical group Sharper 5, from Valdosta, Ga., under the direction of Eric Sharper, got the crowd on its feet as evening rolled in.

The event closed Saturday night at 8 p.m., and Mount-Simmons said plans are to move the featured entertainment to earlier in the afternoon.

“It’s still wintertime and once the sun goes down, it gets cold,” she said. “The gates now close at 8 p.m., which is a great time to end up.”

A worship service on Sunday at noon drew from nearly all the churches on the Hill, with the featured speaker Roderick Robinson, the high school’s guidance counselor. He spoke on a comparison of slavery of biblical days to slavery in the United States.

“We were pleased with this year’s event,” said Mount-Simmons. “We had gorgeous weather and people were moving in all day long.”

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