Sunday, June 13, 2010
The smooth sounds of jazz and rhythm and blues filled the Procter Street Pavillion in Port Arthur this weekend as the third Annual Zachary Breaux Jazz Festival got underway. It was great show with Micheal Ward who is a fellow Southernite; Kyle Turner; Dana Jackson who did a great job, and Althea Renee along with several other performers. I reallly enjoyed the show. It was first class entertainment. The festival which took place on Friday and Saturday is named after the Port Arthur native who died trying to save a drowning stranger while on vacation with his family in Florida. The accomplished jazz musician was in his 30s. Congrats to Ms. Doris Hays and everyone involved in coordinating the event! Looking forward to next year!
Posted by Michelle McCalope at 6/13/2010 04:24:00 PM
Juneteenth Celebrations will take place in Port Arthur from Thursday, June 17 to Sunday, June 20. The festivities include a parade, a pageant, and programs featuring various guest speakers. On Friday, Gail Pellum, organizer of the festivities, and pageant participants Megan Miller and Erika Benjamin were interviewed live on KBMT channel 12's morning show by Molly O'Brien.
Juneteenth is named after the day that the last slaves were freed in Galveston. On June 19, 1865, Union Major General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston to order the legal release of slaves with President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. The proclamation took place on Jan. 1, 1863, almost two and half years earlier.
The events are sponsored by the African American Cultural Society. All events are free and open to the public.
“We just want to remember all those people who sacrificed so much for us to be where we are today,” says Gail Pellum, president of the African American Cultural Society. “We don’t want to take their dying for granted. And it’s even more important that we pass it on to the next generation so they know their history.”
June 8-June 30: Juneteenth Display at Port Arthur Public Library, 4615 9th Ave.
Thursday, June 17: 10 a.m. “Kids & Culture,” Israel Chapel AME Church, 948 Texas Ave. featuring speakers from Kenya, continental breakfast and lunch, a slide show, and a guided tour of the Museum of Gulf Coast
Friday, June 18: 6 p.m. Ms. Juneteenth Pageant, Israel Chapel AME Church, 948 Texas Ave.
Saturday, June 19: 10 a.m. Juneteenth Program, Port Arthur City Hall, 444 4th Street, featuring Waddy Thibodeaux as Harriet Tubman and Historian Amefika Geuka, an expert in African-Centered Education. Lunch will be served.
2-4 p.m Reception Museum of the Gulf Coast, 700 Procter St.
6 p.m. Parade starts at Savannah to Austin to Proctor
Sunday, June 20: 3 p.m. Heavenly Father’s Day, Procter Street Pavillion, 500 Procter St. A moment of prayer and reflection
For more information on the events, contact Gail Pellum, President, African American Cultural Society, at (409) 332-9105.
Posted by Michelle McCalope at 6/13/2010 03:57:00 PM
Friday, June 4, 2010
In a special election held Thursday night, Thomas Sigee won the democratic nomination for Jefferson County Tax Assessor Collector. He defeated Interim Tax Assessor Collector Susie James by a vote of 25 to 18. Sigee's name will be placed on the November ballot. The election was conducted by the Democratic Party Executive Committee which is made up of precinct chairs to fill the unexpired term left vacant after longterm Collector Miriam Johnson resigned in March. Jefferson County Democratic Chairman Gilbert Adams supervised the process.
The election was held in the Jefferson County Commissioner's Court where a room full of family and friends gathered to show their support.
Sigee who works in the auditing office has been a county employee for 18 years. He is also a U.S. Army Sargeant. James who worked in the collectors' office for nearly 30 years was appointed to the interim position in April by county commissioners. Last year, the office collected more than $500 million in taxes countywide.
Channel 6 Anchor Nicole Murray was arrested Thursday and put in jail. The reason? It was all part of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Lockup fundraiser. Murray was among dozens of business and community leaders who were arrested for having a "big heart", MDA officials say. Participants had to raise money to get themselves out of jail. The lockup was held at The Grill restaurant in Beaumont.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
The Heritage Life Center committee proudly announces the 3rd Annual Zachary Breaux Jazz Festival at the Proctor Street Pavilion in downtown Port Arthur on June 11-12. The festival celebrates the musical accomplishments of Port Arthur Native Zachary Breaux, an internationally recognized jazz musician who lost his life in 1997 trying to save a stranger from drowning. This year's lineup includes Joe Carmouche, Dean James, Kyle Turner, and Michael Ward along with a host of other talented singers and musicians. Tickets are $15 per night. For more information, go to www.zacharybreauxjazzfestival.com
Posted by Michelle McCalope at 6/02/2010 10:08:00 AM
Former Essence Editor Susan L. Taylor and founder of the National Cares Mentoring Movement challenged students and adults alike to serve as "shining examples" to help fight against failing schools and overincarceration in our society. She called mentoring "the low-cost, high results way of saving the next generation." Taylor spoke about the importance of mentoring and gave life tips during the Youth Mentoring Workshop at the Holiday Inn in Port Arthur. The program was sponsored by the city of Port Arthur's legal department. More than 200 people attended including students from Thomas Edison Middle School, Stephen F. Austin Middle School, Woodrow Wilson School of Technology and Engineering and Memorial High School. The best-selling author also signed copies of her book,"All about Love". She empowered the youth telling them "you are more than enough" and encouraged them to stop comparing themselves to others. Instead, she says compare yourself to "your former self. Ask yourself 'am I better? Am I growing?'
I was the emcee for the program and I really enjoyed it. I had a chance to spend some time with Ms. Taylor afterwards and it was really nice. I think she's fabulous!I took her to run some errands. I've never been so excited to take someone to Walgreens! Special thanks to City Attorney Val Tizeno and her staff for putting on a wonderful event!
Posted by Michelle McCalope at 6/02/2010 06:52:00 AM