‘Keeping the dream alive’ Saturday at CHHS

Published 8:09 pm Tuesday, February 4, 2020

The tradition of “Keeping the Dream Alive” will continue with the 20th Annual Black History Scholarship Program at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Charles Henderson High School Cafetorium.

The “Keeping the Dream Alive” tradition began with Dorothy Townsend and her children, Jonathan, Jessilyn and Alison. The Townsend family first presented a Black History program titled “Bridging the Past to the Future.”

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

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That program was the beginning of a tradition of looking back, looking forward and recognizing and honoring those who have made and are making a positive difference in today’s world.

“This year, we will honor one of Troy’s greatest pillars of the community, the late Bishop C. Scott,” Townsend said. “Bishop Scott was one of the founding members of the Troy Gospel News Team and served actively in the progression of the Annual Black History Program.

“He was also an individual well respected and an influential member of the Troy community in various ways. Bishop Scott was referred to as a ‘history-maker.’”

Townsend said Scott will be honored because of what he actively accomplished in the city of Troy.

“Bishop Scott set strong examples for the younger generations, participating in various ministries within their churches, and was a faithful supporter of the betterment of children and education,” Townsend said.

Entertainment for the 20th Annual Black History Scholarship Program Saturday will include the Tuskegee University “Golden Voices”  along with “Jus Jason” poet and Troy’s own “FedUp Show. Other entertainment will be on the program.

Joining the Townsend family in today’s journey is Troy’s very own United Praise Singers and the Troy Gospel News Team, in an effort to benefit a scholarship given each year to Pike County area students to offset expenses at the college of their choice.

For more information, call 33-482-4080 or 334-672-8187.