Woodbine Councilmember Phyllis Knight-Drummond presented NAACP Camden President Timothy Bessent, Sr. with a Juneteenth proclamation.
The sun came out and so did the community for the Juneteenth Jubilee hosted by the NAACP Camden County Branch and Ralph J. Bunche Camden County Training School Alumni Association on Saturday, June 17, 2023. Estimates suggest about 300 people attended.
NAACP Camden has so many people to thank for making the day a success. We thank the RJB-CCTS Alumni Association for their partnership. Our stage program included our outstanding MC Shantay Gibbs. NAACP Camden President Timothy Bessent, Sr. and RJB-CCTS Alumni Association President, Councilman Artie Jones, Jr. brought greetings. Elder Hessie Butler led the prayer. Woodbine Councilwoman Phyllis Knight-Drummond presented President Bessent with a proclamation honoring Juneteenth. Our gifted performers and speakers included Phyllis Rhone, Antonio Merrick, Jones-A-Phones, Xavier Waye, Joann Mainor, Noa Freeman, Ulysses Hershaw, Rev. Kevin Walker, our Juneteenth Jeopardy contestants, and DJ Lo.
We appreciate our wonderful vendors: Terry Mack Jr. of BineLife, Erica Horne of Brute Beauty, Cassandra Jackson of Crazy Vinyl Ladies and RightWaye Insurance LLC, Kelvin Blue of Democrats of Camden County, Edna Jenkins of EDarlene’s Natural Foot Bath Soak, Pastor Shawnessy Mitchell-Roberts of Eden, Jené Walker of First Billionaire Books & More LLC, Gequita Barnes of Gigi’s Juice, Felecia Sheffield of Glitz&Glamz, Grace Scott Broomfield of Grace Viola Creations, Leafguard, Michael Cash 3rd of Major Bands Charms LLC, Ekeshia Crum of Purposely Purposed LLC, Xavier Waye of Savior Publishing, Bobbie Geter of Smashed Nickels Entertainment, Thiokol Memorial Project, Inc., and United Women International.
We thank K2's Catering and our volunteers who donated food and beverages for providing a beautiful lunch. We are grateful to Lowe’s and friends who donated raffle prizes. We thank Row House Publishing, Wheat Penny Press, A Better Glynn, and the many individuals who contributed to our book drive. And everyone who took home a book. We are proud to have given away 276 free books.
We are grateful to the 10 individuals who joined our NAACP membership and the 10 who renewed.
We thank our volunteers and everyone who shared their Saturday with us, including reporters from The Current and the Tribune & Georgian.