Teachers have had a big influence on Black trailblazers

Published 11:13 pm Wednesday, March 8, 2023

By Carrie Miller

Davie Senior Services

Davie County Senior Services in conjunction with the Davie Chapter of the NAACP held the annual Black History Month Celebration on Tuesday, Febr 21  at the Davie County Senior Services’ Main Campus.

Regina Graham was this year’s emcee.

The program began with a praise dance to the song “Glory” by Courtney Arnold.

Following the dance, Beth Carlin from UNC-Greensboro’s Alumni Association, introduced the speaker, Alice Garrett Brown, and she shared about Mrs. Brown’s activism and why she recently won the 2022 Woman’s College Legacy Award at UNCG.

Before Mrs. Brown entered the stage, Al Mason sang “A Change is Gonna Come” which brought a standing ovation.

Brown shared her story from “Then to Now.” She shared about growing up here in Davie County, how much teachers can be an influence, and her journey to become an activist to integrate Tate Street (the street that borders UNCG’s campus) in the 1960s.

You can also find a story written about Brown in the latest issue of “Our State Magazine.”

Following Brown, Mason sang a closing song “Where Do We Go From Here.”

The program may be viewed on Davie County Senior Services’ Facebook page.

There were more than 80 people in attendance. Senior Services and the Davie Chapter of the NAACP will partner again in June for a Juneteenth Program titled “A Cause to Celebrate.” This will feature a celebration with music and dancing at 2 p.m. on Monday, June 19. Call 336-753-6230 to register.