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Butts County NAACP honors locals at banquet

Photo by Rebecca Long

Photo by Rebecca Long

On Sunday, February 28 the Butts County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) held its second annual Youth and Young Adult Black History Program at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Jackson.

Two years ago the Butts County branch established and named their youth program: Saving our Sons & Sisters (SOS.)

The SOS is a mentoring program led by Reverend Joel Stokes. It has been set up to provide guidance for children to keep them from dropping out of school; to keep them from going to jail or prison; to give them guidance and support to become responsible, well mannered, and successful contributing adults.

The theme of the program was: "How My Pain became your Passport."

The guest speaker was Reverend Robert Taylor, the Youth Pastor of Mt. Olive Outreach Ministries of Griffin.

Angela Carver and Calvin Dorsey were awarded the Future Achievers of America award; Austin Kimbell and Eboni Keith were awarded the Athletics award; Coach Dary Myricks was awarded the Saving Our Sons Mentor award; Coach Obie Johnson was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. award.

The Harriet Tubman award was given to Linda Godin for her unwavering support of the SOS program. She received special recognition for her participation and willingness to assist every time she had been called upon.

"We really wanted to show Linda how much we appreciated her for showing up every time time we called on her to support Jamal Watts," said Reverend Stokes, "Everyone needs to know that a conviction does not equal a conclusion."

Linda quickly admitted she didn't expect to be rewarded for her efforts, that she just believes in the youth and wants to be supportive.

The NAACP was founded February 12, 1909. It is considered to be nation's oldest, largest and most widely recognized grassroots civil rights organization.