On January 21,2013 Joan Hillsman Music Network Inc. (JHMN) hosted a delegation of 56 to attend a designated community site, The Obama/King Celebration held at New Southern Rock Baptist Church, Dr. Rudolph White, Pastor, Coordinators, Joan Hillsman, Ermyn Young and Walter Young.The Delegation from Syracuse consisted of Trip Coordinators, Deborah Crouch, Eloise Leflore and Sedalia Harrison, Syracuse Chapter Gospel Music Workshop of America (SGMWA) joined by others who participated in the program. This annual day usually, commemorates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., however on this day it was a dual historical celebration of President Obama second term in the White House.
There was much jubilation and excitement within the delegation as they celebrated through poetry, reflections and music renditions. After a one hour service that set the tone before going to the National Mall Inauguration festivities. During this day of celebration there were opportunities to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, The African American Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Museum and other historical places.
“This is a day that my teenage daughter and I will cherish”, stated a Syracuse Delegate. Next year this event, which has been in existence for 20 years, started by Dr. Hillsman, as a day on not a day off will continue as the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration.
As we approach Black History Month, we should daily celebrate the lives of persons past and present who have and continue to pave the way for our generation and generations to come.