North Arundel County Alumnae Celebrates Achievements of African-American Young Men
Submitted by Terri Redd Ellerbe, Alexandria E. Chambers, Pennie Summers And Rhonda Cook
Imagine an event which serves as a vehicle for acknowledging, affirming, and elevating acts of kindness, community service, excellence in leadership, progressive innovation, and good use of gifts and talents; then you can envision the North Arundel County Alumnae Chapter’s (NACAC) 24th Annual Mother and Son Virtual Luncheon held on May 15, 2021. This two-part memorable and palpable experience, Leadership Seminar and Luncheon, was organized to honor young men in the community for their academic achievements and community involvement.
This event gave a new meaning to the adage, “behind every great man; is a great woman” and extended the meaning to include the positive impact a mother’s acknowledgement can have on her son’s excellence. This year, seven young men were recognized by their mothers and those recognitions were fortified by testimonial and praise letters of validation from family members, community leaders, and teachers. Although the event was re-imagined and produced in a virtual platform, it garnered rousing applauds, teary eyes, smiles of joy and erect postures of pride.
The activities of the day were launched with the Leadership Seminar facilitated by Gerald N. Jackson III and William E. Clark IV, where they taught and shared the T.E.A.M (Truthful, Engaging, Aligned and Mentor) concept to the honorees and members of NACAC’s EMBODI program. During this segment, the participants were given an opportunity to express how they would activate their voice to manifest the T.E.A.M concept to serve and impact themselves and others.
The luncheon was guided by the event’s master of ceremonies, Mr. Jackson, who gleefully walked guests through the agenda. The event included pre-recorded videos of the mothers expressing their appreciation for their sons; an inspirational video montage of African-American male excellence from past, present, and future; a culminating video of NACAC’s 2020-2021 EMBODI program; reflections from the Leadership Seminar presented by the honorees; and presentation of awards, gifts, and message of appreciation from the community. Each honoree received a citation or certificate from the Anne Arundel Board of Education, County Council, the Governor’s office, and NACAC. They also received a snack box and book bag filled with donations from various partners and items purchased with a $1,500 grant from the 21st Century Education Foundation, Anne Arundel County Public Schools.
The event was witnessed by greater than 70 family, friends, teachers, and community members. The impact of this event on the NACAC’s community is profound and upholds the ideals of Delta’s Educational Development thrust.
Submitted by Terri Redd Ellerbe, Alexandria E. Chambers, Pennie Summers And Rhonda Cook Imagine an event which serves as a vehicle for acknowledging, affirming, and elevating acts of kindness, community service, excellence in leadership, progressive innovation, and good use of gifts and talents; then you can envision the North Arundel County Alumnae Chapter’s (NACAC) 24th …