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Church celebrates birth of protest movement
Sheila Y. Flemming.(File photo/The Sentinel)

Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church at Lincoln and West streets, Carlisle, will celebrate National African American History Month Sunday at 4 p.m.

The theme for this year's celebration is "The Niagara Movement: Black Protest Reborn 1905-2005."

In 1905, 30 African-American intellectuals, educators, businessmen and religious leaders met at Niagara Falls to work on strategies to confront the unrelenting assault of Jim Crow era violence.

The legacy of this initial meeting set the tempo and timbre of a century of black protest movements, local church leaders say.

The National Association for Advancement of Colored Peoples was born out of this movement.

The speaker for Sunday's celebration will be Sheila Y. Flemming, dean of the School of Social Sciences and professor of history at Bethune-Cookman College in Daytona Beach, Fla.

She is a recipient of several awards and fellowships, including the American Council on Education Fellowship at Spelman College in 1999-2000 and the Florida Center for Children and Youth Faith Award in 1997. She was a Fulbright Scholar in Brazil in 1991.

Prior to joining the faculty at Bethune-Cookman College, Flemming taught at Edward Waters College in Jacksonville, Fla.; Howard University; the University of Maryland; the University of Texas at Austin; and Prairie View A&M University.

Special music planned

Providing music for Sunday's service will be the Black Achievers Gospel Chorus of Camp Curtin YMCA in Harrisburg.

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The Camp Curtin program has received the Walter Barnes Award from the YMCA of the USA as the best Black Achievers Program in the country under five years in existence. The program serves more than 200 youth from more than 23 schools in the greater Harrisburg area.

More than 80 percent of seniors participating in the program have gone on to various colleges and universities.

The National African American History Month service is sponsored annually by Shiloh Baptist Church's Robert C. Gaskill Library.

For more information, call Ruth E. Hodge at 243-2132.

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