By Delanda S. Johnson
Special to the News
The last event by the Henderson County Black History Committee for the month of February – but not the last event for the rest of the year – is the Annual Scholarship Banquet.
On Saturday, Feb. 25, the committee will honor 31 Henderson County area students with scholarships. The banquet will be held at the Malakoff Community Senior Center at 7 p.m.
Banquet tickets are $15; plus, there will be door prizes to be given away. Prizes include $300 cash, a weekend with dinner for two to the El Dorado casino in Shreveport, La., one night with breakfast for two at the new Omni Hotel in Dallas, Texas Rangers tickets, and much more. Raffle tickets are $2 each and $10 for six tickets (you need not to be present to win).
The speaker for the evening will be former NFL player David Johnson of Dallas.
Johnson was born in Oklahoma the 11th of 16 children. He attended Longview public school before his family moved to Fort Worth, where he attended Historical James E. Guinn elementary school and Ernest Park middle school which was the first school to integrate. He excelled in academics and sport and graduated high school #49 out of a class of 425.
Johnson attended the University of Okalahoma where he received a BS degree in Environmental Engineering. After college he played five seasons with the NFL Kansas City Chiefs.
At present, Johnson is a 17-year veteran with the Dallas Fire Department. He has four children and is a member of Mt. Olive Baptist Church in Arlington.
The Henderson County Black History Committee has been busy this February.
The month started off with a bang. The first event “We Love Our Youth,” began with a powerful message given by Rev. I. B. Wells, Jr., pastor of Johnson Chapel AME Church. Wells encouraged the Henderson County youth to be motivated for God. Wells stated to the youth of Henderson County that life is short, but death is everlasting. You must learn to put your trust in Jesus.
“You must show God that you are faithful, before God can show His faithfulness. You will get knocked down, but just be determined. Satan is determined to destroy God‘s greatest creation. However, you must know that God will fight your battle and the victory will be Eternal Life,” said Wells.
The second week of Black History events included a explosive gospel showcase. Choirs came within the county to sing praises and worship the Lord.
With special guest the First Baptist Church Women’s Ensemble (Blessed Assurance) from Malakoff, Sounds of Smith County (Smith County Sheriff Dept), and WOW from Dallas, the church move with the spirit of the Lord ever so present.