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Keep roots connected in community

Extraordinary educator and political leader, Mary McLeod Bethune, founded the National Council of Negro Women in 1935 to be an “organization of organizations” that would, in part, serve as a coordinating point for African American life and culture.

NCNW works primarily through its local affiliates, called sections, to fulfill its mission to improve the health conditions, educational success and the economic and political awareness of the African American community.

Because we firmly believe that strong families make strong communities, many of our goals and activities are family oriented.

It is for this purpose that the Natchez section of NCNW has planned a black family reunion for Sept. 21. The theme is, “Keeping the Family Connected to Its Roots.”

The agenda consists the following events:

49 to 10:30 a.m. — The Black Heritage tour starting at the William Johnson House at 210 State St.

411 a.m. to noon — church program at Rose Hill Baptist Church.

412:30 to 5 p.m. — Fun Day in Duncan Park.

We are inviting all interested people to join us for a meaningful and inspirational experience. The Black Heritage Tour will give visitors a unique perspective of African Americans in Natchez during the pre-Civil War ear. The program at Rose Hill Baptist Church is to be one of traditional worship with a sermon by the Rev. J.L. Hammitte and music by the Antioch Baptist Church choir.

At Duncan Park, political leaders, business owners, fraternal and civic organizations members are invited to make the occasion an opportunity to inform the public about themselves.

NCNW considers the well being of our youth to be the most relevant factor in all discussions of family and community life.

Therefore, special activities have been planned for all attending young people.

There will be age-appropriate competition and games, dancing, arts and crafts and other exciting activities.

We are preparing for an enjoyable fun day in the park.

If you plan to take advantage of our free food offer, it will be necessary for you to provide us with an accurate count of the number of people we can expect in your group.

For more information, call 601-442-5648, 601-442-2037 or 601-445-5060 by Monday.


Bonita Reed is the president of the Natchez section of NCNW.