Mount Holly celebrates black history

by Sarah Melton

The City of Mount Holly’s Black History Forum Committee passed out several awards Sunday.

The eighth annual Black History Forum recognized local leaders and nonprofit organizations that have been involved in the community. The event also included guest speakers discussing the importance of organ donation and musical performances by Doris Graham, Felicia Mullinax, Mount Holly QC’s and Gold Hill Baptist Church.

The Rev. Susan Canty of Burge Memorial United Methodist Church received the Jessie Mae Robinson Humanitarian Award.

“I can’t begin to tell you what this means to me,” she said. “It’s all about God’s people. All of God’s people – red, yellow, black and white. That is my mantra. I live and breathe to encourage God’s people. Thank you for recognizing just the small things that I do to let people know they are important and that they can make a difference in this world.”

The Mount Holly Community Development Foundation and Mount HollyDays each received the Achievement Award.

Robert Black accepted the award for the Community Development Foundation. He is the chairman of the organization.  Jim and Julia Benfield also represented the foundation by manning a membership and information table at the event.

“We are blessed to have a wonderful city council that encourages this organization to be a part of what they are doing,” Black said. “I am honored to be a part of this organization and be a citizen of Mount Holly.”

Carol Ann Featherstone, president of Mount HollyDays, accepted the award for the event. Organ donation is a cause close to her heart. She said that her father died of kidney failure three weeks after being diagnosed with kidney disease.

“Our family understands what kidney disease is all about,” Featherstone said. “I’ve enjoyed being here this afternoon and hearing all of this information.”

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