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Outreach scholarship program ‘keeping the dream alive’ Saturday

The tradition of the Keeping the Dream Alive Black History Scholarship Program continues Saturday at the Outreach Endtime Deliverance Church in Troy.

This year marks the 19th Annual Black History Scholarship Program, which began when Dorothy Townsend and her children, Jonathan, Jessilyn and Alison presented a Black History program title “Bridging the Past to the Future.”

“The program was designed to encourage our black youth to know their history,” Program Coordinator and Founder Townsend said. “If you don’t know your history, it’s hard to imagine your future.”

In an effort to benefit the scholarship program, the United Praise Singers of Troy and the Troy Gospel News Team have joined the Townsend family’s efforts to provide annual scholarships to students in the Pike County area. The scholarships are awarded to the students’ colleges of choice.

“Our hope for the Annual Black History Scholarship Program is that the scholarships enable the young people to appreciate all past and future heroes,” Townsend said.

Two local honorees will be recognized at the 19th Annual Black History Scholarship Program. Elder Rosa Carroll of Troy and Sister Jean Caldwell of Enterprise will be honored as history-makers.

“Our honorees are great influencers and history makers,” Townsend said.

Alison Green said a Gospel Explosion Celebration presentation will make this year’s Black History Celebration different from those of the past.

“All proceeds from the Gospel Explosion Celebration will go directly to our scholarship program,” Green said.

The featured guests will include True Religion of Union Springs, The new Sons of the South of Montgomery, Pastor Lee & One Eighty of Troy, The Holloway and Drake Singers of Camp Hill and others.

The 19th Annual Black History Scholarship Program will begin at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the Outreach Endtime Deliverance Church. Entrance donations will be $10.

For more information, call 334-372-6137 or 334-672- 8187.