Author and advocate Simeaka Melton, founder of Dear Girls Academy, Inc., encouraged guests at our Annual Black History Month Luncheon to look to history to build a village.
The Grasonville native urged attendees to adopt “building blocks” to both create community and enhance their own lives. Participation, compassion, a willingness to shock the world, integrity, and giving back are all keys to building a village community, Ms. Melton said.
"Get a seat at the table. If you're not at the table, we will be on the menu and so will our village-building agendas," Ms. Melton said. "When you get to the table be prepared, be innovative and be compassionate. Regardless of what anyone else says, your voice matters."
This year, Chesapeake's Multicultural Advisory Board teamed up with The Frederick Douglass Honor Society to celebrate the 200th birthday of Frederick Douglass. The 2018 luncheon raised $500 for the J.C Gibson Memorial Book Scholarship Fund at Chesapeake College.
Sombarkin' vocal trio provided the musical entertainment. The program also included recitations by elementary and middle school boys from Building African American Minds (B.A.A.M.) of Talbot County.
The buffet was prepared by The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge, Free and Accepted Masons 7th Masonic District. Young adults from the Destined to Rise Coalition and the Workforce Investment Board Youth Program volunteered their time to assist with the event.