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JPPM to host 14th annual event

Friday, June 19, 2009


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Hayli Tucker, 7, of Huntingtown works on painting a pink pig at last year's 13th annual African-American Family Community Day at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum. The family event is sponsored by the park and the Calvert County branch of the NAACP.


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Jamie McCoy, 7, of St. Leonard works on painting a recently hatched chicken last year at the 13th annual African-American Family Community Day.


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Bryant Parker performs martial arts moves with the help of his sin sai, Chuck Nye. Parker and his students will perform at the 14th Annual African-American Family Community Day.

As the community celebrates the 100th birthday of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and Juneteenth celebrations around the country, the Calvert County Branch of the NAACP is also celebrating the 14th African-American Family Community Day at Jefferson Patterson Park and Museum in St. Leonard on Saturday, June 20, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Joni Jones, curator for the Banneker Douglass Museum in Annapolis, will be at the African-American Family Community Day to collect pictures and history on African American families in Calvert County.

Sterlen Barr, known as "No Puff Daddy," will be performing at this event. Barr is on staff at the Health Promotion Council of Southeastern, Pa., Inc. (HPC) and the Tobacco-free Environment and Action Coalition for Health (TEACH). As a health education motivational rap artist, he educates, inspires, motivates and encourages youth to stay healthy and tobacco-free. He delivers a high-energy presentation using facts, humor, personal experience, audience participation and live performance. Barr has produced two public service announcements to stop the sale to and prevent the addiction of tobacco by kids. "No Puff Daddy" has previously appeared at several schools in Calvert County including Northern Middle School. One of the students from Northern Middle School said in a press release, "I loved your show that you put on for us on April 30. I loved how you had people come up to do things and the way the people danced. It was awesome. I had so much fun singing and dancing and you sang wonderfully. Thank you so much for coming to our school and sharing your story with us."

One of the highlights of the day will be the performance by Bryant Parker and students from the Elite Martial Arts Academy. Attendees will see tae kwon do which is the ancient Korean martial arts form of kicking and punching, in which people practice methods of unarmed fighting for physical fitness and self-defense.

Schedule of activities for African-American Family Community Day

11 a.m. — MC Sean Sarvis, Christian Comedian

11:30 a.m. to noon — Official opening, greetings; Introduction of two co-chairs: Joyce Freeland, president of the Calvert County NAACP; Margo Easton and choirs; Margo Gross and choirs;

12:15 to 12:30 p.m — Bradely the Rapper; Joyful Noise Sunday School; Bethel Way of the Cross Church; Plum Point United Methodist Church;

12:30 to 12:45 p.m. — Living History: Sandi English of the Historical Society;

12:50 p.m. — New Attitude, Patuxent United Methodist Church;

1 p.m. —Youth of Flame Ministry Mime Group of Brooks United Methodist Church;

1:15 to 2:15 p.m. "No Puff Daddy" Shows: Sterlen Barr talks about dangers of smoking;

2:30 to 3 p.m. — Fashion Show; Plum Point Men's Choir;

3:15 p.m. — Jewels for Jesus Youth Choir of Brooks United Methodist Church;

3:20 to 3:50 p.m. — Elite Martial Arts Academy: Master Bryant Parker; 4:05 p.m. — Christ Calling

Crusaders;

4:10 p.m. — Elite Martial Arts Academy: Master Bryant Parker

4:30 p.m. — St. Matthews, St. Mary's County;

4:50 p.m. — Words of Wisdom: Judge E. Gregory Wells

5 p.m. —Closing

Other featured activities

- Story Reading — Judge E. Gregory Wells

- "Getting to the Point" Judge Lynn Stewart

- Meet Ravens Cheerleader Kelly Gray

- Liturgical dancer

- Mini health fair

- Antique car show

- Motorcycle show

- Texas Long Horns

- Student art show — "Going Green"

- Exhibits

- Displays

- Vendors — merchandise and food

- Photos with President Barack Obama (replica)

- Tours of Sukeek's slave cabin site

- Looking at old family photos (bring old photos)

- Antique quilt display

- Door prizes

Children's activities

- Arts and crafts

- Bike rodeo — bike giveaway

- Moon bounce

- Tennis/Golf tips

- Face painting

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