A variety of events are scheduled for the remainder of Black History Month, including a program Sunday in which the president of the Surry County NAACP will be keynote speaker.
Also Sunday, the annual “100 Men in Black” service is planned, and a play with a black history theme will be staged beginning later in February and continuing into March.
Faye Hines Carter of Mount Airy, who has been president of Surry County branch of the NAACP for five years, is scheduled to speak Sunday at Clark’s Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Ararat, Va., during a program that begins at 3 p.m.
Carter will explore the topic “Black History-Women’s Contribution, Past and Present.”
As a graduate of Patrick Central High School, an all-black campus in her native Patrick County, Va., that closed after integration in the 1960s, Carter has been a part of that history.
She continued her academic studies at Winston-Salem State University, Durham Business College, Surry Community College and the School of Taxation in Chapel Hill.
Carter also can offer the perspective of someone with a wide range of work experience, having served as tax collector for the city of Mount Airy; office manager of Reeves Community Center; a receptionist for the Social Security Administration office in Mount Airy and the Agriculture Stabilization and Conversation Service in Stuart, Va.; senior customer service manager for JCPenney in Mount Airy; a proofer for American Book Co. in Massachusetts, where her husband was stationed with the military; and as business/office manager for Carter Trucking.
Since retiring in 2004, Carter has stayed busy in other roles, including her leadership position with the local NAACP which has involved travel throughout North Carolina. She attended the centennial observation for that organization in New York City in 2009.
Carter is a member of Ararat Missionary Baptist Church in Mount Airy, where she serves as clerk, adult Sunday school teacher and sings in the choir. She is also a member of VISION (Volunteers In Solidarity In Our Neighborhood), and serves as its treasurer.
Among the honors she has received are the 2014 Martin Luther King Dreamer’s Award and the J. J. Jones Alumni Community Service Award.
Sunday’s program at Clark’s Creek Progressive Primitive Baptist Church is being presented by the Harvest Ministries and the women’s auxiliary of the church.
An old-fashioned lunch will be served at 1:45 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church.
100 Men In Black
As it has in the past, Chestnut Ridge Progressive Primitive Baptist Church, located on N.C. 89 between Mount Airy and Westfield, again will host the annual “100 Men in Black” service on Sunday.
It begins at 3 p.m.
The service encourages church attendance by men, who are asked to wear black if possible as a show of unity.
Typically, the women are seated in the sanctuary beforehand on one side of the aisle, and the men walk in together and take seats on the other.
The service will include multiple speakers and spirited gospel music by guest performers. This year they include The Family Five and The Faithful Travelers, both of Martinsville, Va. The latter group has been a part of past “100 Men in Black” programs.
Black History Play
The local theater production “‘Til the Gambler Folds” will begin its run next Friday at L.H. Jones Alumni Auditorium in Mount Airy, as part of an annual series of Black History Month plays by Journey Out of Egypt Productions.
Its latest show focuses on a man who spends most of his time drinking and gambling, who thinks that life is good and that he need not be too concerned about his soul until circumstances become devastating.
“‘Til the Gambler Folds” features about 25 cast members and will be presented on Friday, Saturday and Sunday during two straight weekends, ending on March 9.
Show times are 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 4 p.m. for the Sunday performances. Seating begins one hour before each presentation.
Admission will be charged, with a portion of the proceeds to go to the Jones alumni organization.
Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-719-1924 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.