Council Recognizes Leaders During Black History Month

Laurens City Council recognized several leaders from the African American Community this week as part of their monthly meeting for Black History Month. Each council member named one person to receive a plaque recognizing them for their contributions.

Council members Cassandra Campbell and Martin Lowry both selected Mrs. Elma Morrison for the honor. Mrs. Campbell recognized Morrison’s work, especially through the Sanders Alumni Association, saying, “Ms. Morrison has been the president of the Sanders Alumni Association for 23 years and we salute you for all the hard work that you have done.” Council Member Martin Lowry spoke of Mrs. Morrison’s work helping establish the new Back Street Park.

Councilor Johnnie Bolt recognized Fredie Davenport for her combined 52 years work with the school district, saying, “I have known Ms. Davenport for as many years as I have been on council, she has been involved in her community for many years, and has been an inspiration to me.”Ms. Davenport, in turn, complimented Johnnie Bolt for the help he has been to her, adding that anyone who has a problem should work together with the specific council member for their area of town.

Council member Marion “Blonde” Miller recognized Attorney Gary Williams, stating that Williams goes “above and beyond” to share milestones of local history and the contributions of its black citizens. Williams has been placing ads in the Laurens County Advertiser celebrating notable African Americans of our community from the past.

Councilor Alicia Sullivan recognized the work of Reverend David Kennedy on behalf of civil rights, noting his story was made into a motion picture.

Council member Sara Lattimore recognized Reverend Anthony Sims, citing his work in the community, especially in charitable causes. She told council, “Rev. Sims goes above and beyond to help. He gives toys and coats to the children and always works tirelessly for all” In addition to being pastor of Friendship Baptist Church near Ninety Six, Rev. Sims also works with WLBG Radio.

Plaques were presented to those on hand for the recognition Tuesday night.