Howard Park Senior Center Choir Hold Black History Program


— The Howard Park Senior Center Choir held a Black History Month program on Thursday, February 23, 2017.

The Howard Park Senior Center Choir is one of the many programs and activities offered by The Forest Park Senior Center, located at 4801 Liberty Heights Avenue in Gwynn Oak. The event drew a capacity crowd to the Center’s auditorium.

Iantha Dixon was the Mistress of Ceremonies for the event, which included performances by the Forest Park Senior Center Choir, The Helping Up Mission, “Brother L.”, Elsie Greene and Gloria Johnson. The event also included lunch sponsored by The Howard Park Senior Center Choir. Thelma McBride serves as the Choir’s Director.

Barbara Honeycutt Pickett is a member of the Howard Park Senior Center Choir. She also serves as the Editor of The Howard Park Newsletter and participates in the center’s sewing room and aerobics classes.

“The Howard Park Senior Center Choir is very appreciative of all of our Black History Month participants,” said Pickett. “We thank all of our participants and our vendors and all those who made the event possible.”

She added, “All of the proceeds raised from this event go back to the Forest Park Senior Center, which is a recreational playground for seniors.”

According to the Rev. James Worthy, he serves as Executive Director of the Forest Park Senior Center, while James “Winky” Camphor heads its Board of Directors.

For the Black History Program, each table included framed photos of trailblazing African-Americans, which included Bessie Coleman, Frederick Douglass, Barack Obama, and Rosa Parks. The program also included a Poetry Reading by Retha Dilbert and Black History Facts, which highlighted the history of ushering in the African American church, and the beginnings of the Morton Moving Company. Vashtied Brown delivered the Welcoming Address, and Hortense C. Mason read a Scripture.

“Today was such a blessing,” said Elsie Raynor of the Howard Park Senior Center Choir. ”It was something different. We also had a great turnout. Black History Month is a very special time of the year, so this was a special occasion. It was beautiful.”

The Forest Park Senior Center also offers a variety of other programs. They include an “Eating Together Program every Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. until 12:45 for $1.25, a variety of dancing programs, Bingo and other activities.

For more information about the Forest Park Senior Center, call 410-466-2124.