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Members of the Dorchester Senior program celebrated the history, challenges, victories and beauty of African American culture recently at the Chesapeake Grove Intergeneration Center at Delmarva …
Members of the Dorchester Senior program celebrated the history, challenges, victories and beauty of African American culture recently at the Chesapeake Grove Intergeneration Center at Delmarva Community Services, Inc.
Many attendees dressed in colorful attire and listened to Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech, read by Christine Bailey. Sandra Snowden conducted three short interviews with seniors who told their stories and imparted their personal wisdom to the assembled crowd.
To the sound of drum and applause 15 persons walked and danced through the tree lined atrium showing off their beautiful outfits, much of it authentic from different countries from the continent.
The day was concluded with the crowning of the two oldest members present at the center as King and Queen for the day, Mr. Luther Cornish aged 93 and Ms. Dorothy Jackson.
Program manager Mary Handley said, “Our mission at the center is to highlight the relevance of every aging person, to help them feel a purpose for living and to extract their personhood through events like this. All of us, no what our background share mutual respect and celebrate each other. Today was a such a beautiful celebration and the smiles on every face convinced me that our mission was accomplished.”