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African American Leadership Caucus Honors a Few Heroes

Sojourner’s Truth Staff

In a night of celebration at The Truth Art Gallery, members of the African American Leadership Caucus, along with friends, supporters and a number of public officials, honored a handful of men and women who have been particularly active in the community in general and with the AALC in particular.
 


Norris Finley, Doris Roberts, Elgin Rogers, Frances Collins, PhD, First Lady Lydia Arnold, Deacon Fletcher

Elgin Rogers, president of the AALC, served as master of ceremonies for the event and spoke of his personal interaction with each honoree. Norris Finley, vice president of the AALC, was the evening’s DJ.

The evening’s honorees were Frances Collins, PhD; Doris Roberts; Rev. I.J. Johnson; Weldon Douthitt and Rev. Derek Arnold.

Collins, an educator, was a teacher of Rogers during his childhood, he observed. She was also present at the founding of the AALC and served as an advisor.. “I will cherish it,” she said f the award. “And I will continue to provide service to the Toledo community.”

Roberts, who works at St. Mercy’s Medical Center, is a behind the scenes political worker whom Rogers described as active in “educating the general public on what it means to be African American.”

Johnson, the pastor of St. Marks Missionary Baptist Church for over 60 years, is the dean of pastors in the Toledo area. His award was accepted by the church’s elder, Deacon Fletcher.

Douthitt, a longtime Democratic Party political grass roots worker and the driving force behind Pathways, Inc’s home repair program for senior citizens, was not present to accept, but his award was accepted by State representative Michael Ashford. “Without Weldon Douthitt a lot of seniors wouldn’t have houses today or they wouldn’t have heat or they wouldn’t have water.”

The final awardee, Derek Arnold, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Churchsince 1994 was not present but his award was accepted by a member of his congregation, Dawn Chung, who is also the treasurer of the AALC.  “He is very in tuned to what’s happening in the community,” said Chung of her pastor.

The AALC is an organization of citizens concerned with removing the structural challenges facing African-American advancement in Lucas County. As a result of a focus group in 2012, it was determined that the AALC should be affiliated with the Lucas County Democratic Party.

Funds from the event will be used to assist candidates and issues, the AALC Youth Initiative and the organization’s Brotherhood Breakfast, which helps increase voter registration.

 

 
   
   


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