By Special to the Daily World
The Atlanta NAACP will hold its annual observance of the Emancipation Proclamation at Jubilee Day on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at 11 a.m. at the historic Friendship Baptist Church, 437 Mitchell St., S.W. This Jubilee Day will pay tribute to our hometown foot soldiers who were freedom fighters for civil rights; with a special salute to African-American media and those individuals in the media who assisted in telling the story about the fight for freedom.
Rev. Judge Penny Brown Reynolds, associate pastor and first lady of Midway Missionary Baptist Church (Atlanta) is the featured speaker for Jubilee Day. Rev. Reynolds has served Midway Missionary for the past eleven years with her husband, Rev. Edwards Reynolds, senior pastor.
She is an ordained preacher who is known for her passionate messages that teach and inspire. Admitted to the Georgia Bar for the practice of law, she is also a licensed mediator. Her awards and accolades are too numerous to list. Her ministry is not limited to the pulpit or the television – she is the author of “Seven Steps for Peace of Mind” and the co-author of “Women and the Law: A Guide to Women’s Legal Rights in Georgia.”
A mass choir, composed of voices from Friendship Baptist Church and Mt. Ephraim Baptist Church will provide music along with Henry Porter, a member of the NAACP Executive Committee and a renowned soloist in the Atlanta community. Many notable ministers and community leaders are expected to participate in the Emancipation Day program, including Atlanta School Board Chairperson Brenda Muhammad; Rev. Cameron Alexander of Antioch North Baptist, Dr. Toussaint K. Hill at West Hunter Baptist, Father Robert Wright at St Paul’s Episcopal, Rev. Edward Reynolds of Midway Missionary Baptist, and Rev. Herman “Skip” Mason, 33rd general president of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.
Churches throughout Atlanta are encouraged to attend the festivities and participate in the roll call of churches. Rev. Dr. Timothy T. Boddie, senior pastor at Friendship Baptist Church said, “The doors of Friendship are always open, but especially on this day we welcome members of our neighboring churches and friends from within the community to come out and pay a special tribute to our heritage. We also pay homage to the NAACP and its leadership for the many accomplishments that have benefitted the global community.”
Atlanta NAACP President Rev. Dr. R. L. White said, “This is always a great time to reflect on our history and to celebrate freedom and thank God for another year. This is not the time to turn away from our past, because if we do, we just might find ourselves repeating the same mistakes. We invite everyone to come out and share in Jubilee Day.” There is no charge for the event.