Special Events Chairman Juanita Wilkins and her committee are in the process of organizing and finalizing preparations for the Chapter Prayer Brunch that will be held in November. Other exciting events are under consideration for this year.The Class of ’57 announced plans to sponsor Amtrak travel accommodations to Las Vegas, Nevada for the 2nd Biennial Reunion of the Classes in July. Anyone interested in obtaining more information may contact Levanna Wilson at 501-312-2502.Erma Glasco Davis, of Hot Springs Village, and her daughter Marilyn, of New York City, traveled to San Francisco to attend Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority’s Boule in July. They also enjoyed sightseeing and eating delicious food. Three of Marilyn’s Smith College alumni treated them to an all day trip to wine country via a stretch limousine. What a great day!The Rosalyn Zeigler-Berry Families held their Family Reunion in July at the Embassy Suites in Washington, D. C. Alvin E. Whitmore, Sr., Dunbar Class of ‘36, former member of the Little Rock Chapter and father of Carolyn W. Taylor and Alvin E. Whitmore, Jr., celebrated his 96th birthday on July 4th. Family members gathered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to celebrate this blessed occasion.Bobbie Peters Singleton traveled to Houston, Texas in August to celebrate her birthday with her brother, Charles Peters and his family. While there she enjoyed sightseeing and visiting with family. She also traveled with UAPB alumni and supporters to Nashville for the UAPB-Tennessee State Homecoming game. The Shining Stars of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church sponsored a trip in September to Branson, Missouri, to enjoy “Joseph,” a religious performance that included live animals and outstanding special effects at the beautiful Sight and Sound Theatre. Rosalyn Zeigler, Juanita Washington, Levanna Wilson, Gwen Zeigler, Carolyn Taylor, Bobbie Singleton, Ruth Baker, Anne Harris, Melva Flowers, Audra Dennis, Jean Gilbert, and Richard Siller, all Dunbar or Horace Mann Alumni, were among the group of approximately fifty that enjoyed traveling, dining and shopping together. Regretfully we must report the loss of the following Dunbar and Horace Mann alumni since the last newsletter: Helen Finn Jones, Ofreida Lewis, Jerry Cooke, Preston Torrence, Wilbur Woods, Ray Robinson, Henry Shead, Louise Nelson, Joyce Nichols, Frank Hamilton, Melvin Peyton, Courtney Walls and Irene Jones. Let us keep their families in our prayers.
The site of registration was The Attic which is privately owned and operated by chapter member Faye Perry Russ. The Attic (which has a treasure of Horace Mann memorabilia) is centrally located and was a convenient place for voter registration.While the volume was not as great as we would have liked we are very proud to have participated in the nationwide effort to register eligible voters that might not have gotten registered. Volunteers were: Juanita Wilkins, Harold Gardner, Faye Thomas, Rasheedah Rahmann, Thelma Cole, Edna Robinson, Faye Russ, Mary Hardin and Carolyn Taylor.
MUSIC NOTES Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center presented award winning Singer/Performer Al Jarreau in concert to a sell-out crowd at the Center on September 22nd. The evening was fabulous and the concert was awesome. Several Little Rock Chapter members purchased tickets in memory of Dorothy Barnes and were seated together. Friends of Mosaic Templars Cultural Center is a 501c3 non-profit organization formed to raise funds for the Cultural Center. Our own Erma Glasco Davis is Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Friends group. James Leary, a member of the Mann Class of ’64 and the 2011 ND/HMAA Legacy Award recipient, performed two shows during the week of fundraising events in Little Rock in August on behalf of the Second Annual A Work of Art Art Porter Music Education Foundation. “A Jazz Reunion with JamesLeary” featured a bevy of local and national guest performers. Nationally recognized bassist Leary joked with the audience between numbers, displaying a sense of humor as considerable as his musical talents. Throughout the week other notable artists displayed their musical talents vocally and with instruments. They were Lexington Porter, Kaleb Green, Alex Bugnon, Tonya Leeks, Chris Parker and Will Downing. The Foundation was created in honor of the nationally known musically talented father and his son, the late Art Porter, Sr. and Art Porter, Jr. Both were Dunbar alumni and Art, Sr. was a music educator at Horace Mann High School. The Art Porter Music Education Foundation has as its mission to provide musical enhancement opportunities through workshops and seminars. Proceeds from fundraising events are used to award college scholarships to music students. A member of Mann Class of ’62, Sterling Ingram is the Director of the Art Porter Singers and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Art Porter Music Education Foundation.
NEWS FROM LITTLE ROCKIn July, just in time for her 78th birthday, Evelyn Douglas Rose was married to Jerry A. Jones from Indianapolis. Both lost their mates several years ago, and were ready to try again. Early in September they enjoyed a wonderful trip to Capistrano Beach in California where they enjoyed the beautiful Pacific ocean, and were able to visit some friends and family.FORMER MEMBERS OF THE DUNBAR ALUMNI CHOIRmet on the 25th of August for fellowship and re-acquaintance at SIMPLY NAJIYYAH’S FISH-BOAT & MORE, located in the old Nabor’s Theatre building on Wright Avenue. If you are ever in town stop in this place. It is wonderful, and you will enjoy the food. Among those present were Addison and Evelyn Dean, Evelyn Rose-Jones, Rasheedah Rahmann, Rose Person, Carl Hines, Maggie Fingers (for Earnest, who is living in Texas with his son, LaMarion Adams, Marian Fowler Armstrong, Pearl Johnson Gover, Barbara Leary Smith, John Brown, Rev. Sanford Tollette, Thelma Davis Cole, Clai Morehead, Milton Crenshaw (who came in to order food and joined our group), Colleen Tyson’s daughter came to represent her, as she was not feeling well that day. We said we are planning a mini-concert later in the fall at Faith United Church of Christ (Evelyn‘s church). It will be fun to sing together again.William Douglas (Class of l950) has relocated to the Atlanta area. He suffered a fall at his home in Hensley, AR., and is no longer able to live alone. He had to sell his farm, and is now living with his son and wife, who he remarried after being apart for 23 years!!!! His address is: 2788 Rambling Way, Lithonia, Go., 30058.Rasheedah Rahmann celebrated her 83rd birthday with a luncheon on the Arkansas Queen on the last Saturday in September. She is a member of a birthday club, and she celebrated her birthday late in the month because another member had a birthday around the same time as hers. The weather was nice (we finally began to have some cooler days), food was good, and the fellowship was wonderful. and many friends new and old attended. During the September meeting the Little Rock Chapter members agreed that voter registration was a worthy project to undertake before the October deadline date. Mary Hardin, Chairman of the Community Outreach Committee, coordinated this activity by acquiring the needed materials and organizing the members of the chapter that volunteered to serve. They were on duty to assist the registrants in filling out their registration forms and to provide eligibility information.