In a community that has recently been rout by violence and grief, the citizens of the City of Duquesne, came together to pay tribute and honor to some of the greatest African-Americans in history. This event took place at Macedonia Baptist Church, 10 Cochran St., in Duquesne.

Dancers (Photos by Rossano P. Stewart)

The afternoon was filled with tributes in song, dance, chorus and spoken word by youth and adults with gratitude to those who paved the way for the younger generation. Many from the small tight-knit community packed the church and were delighted by the various offerings of pledges and devotion.

Tonya Massie, the event coordinator, and Stacy Hardy Carter kept the program flowing during the mild winter afternoon as the mistresses of ceremonies.

The day was filled with extraordinary performances by the Macedonia Choir, along with mime performers Children of Royalty, who moved the audience with a poig­nant dramatic dance; dancers One Nation mesmerized the audience, while artistic dancer Zalayne Thomas stirred the soul and 10-year-old Cameron Mosley brought joy to everyone’s eyes as he sang a Bill Withers tune “Lean On Me.” Thomas Baker, of Bridgeville, sang and reminded all of why Black history is really important.

The kids of the Chosen Mime Ministry were also entertaining and refreshing.

Reverend Archie D. Perrin Jr., pastor, gave the benediction.

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