Trendsetters honor community leaders
Published 3:00 am Saturday, March 5, 2016
As an event of Black History Month, the Trendsetters Men’s Club in Brundidge recognized a group of individuals who have had a longtime, positive impact on the Brundidge community. The awards were presented at the Trendsetters first Black History Recognition Banquet Saturday night at Brundidge Station.
Trendsetter Henry Everett said seven individuals were selected to be recognized and honored for their loyalty and dedication to the Brundidge community.
“The Trendsetters Club was organized three years ago for the purpose of setting an example for young people and as a way of giving back to our community,” Everett said. “At our first annual Black History Month event, we wanted to recognize some of the people that have been examples and leaders in the Brundidge and have made a positive impact on the community.”
Those recognized were Brundidge Police Chief Moses Davenport, the city’s first African American police chief; Joseph Boyd, longtime assistant principal at Pike County High School; Lois Robinson, retired education at Pike County Elementary School and Pike Training School; Sylvia Thurman, retired educator at PCES; Ann Andrews, retired educator at PCES, Constance Bivins, retired educator at PCES; and Lola Felton, former secretary at PCES.
Everett said Davenport has had positive influence on the community as the city’s police chief and a community leader.
“All the others that were honored have been leaders in education and there is no more important role that anyone can play,” Everett said. “Without teachers, young people would have nowhere to go in the community. These educators have set examples for young people, black and white, and guided them to be successful young men and women. These seven people have been a positive influence on our community for a long time.”
The Trendsetters work with youth programs in Brundidge. The men’s club has several events planned including a fish fry for senior citizens.
Trendsetters currently has eight members, Everett, Ronald McKinney, Adrian McKinney, Venwanna Dixon, Steven Coleman, David Christian, Jerrick Lewis and Anthony Foster.