AMS honors 5 hometown inspirations

Published 12:02 am Saturday, February 23, 2013

The students at Andalusia Middle School celebrated cultural diversity while honoring five “hometown inspirations” Friday during its annual Black History program.

Ashlan Kelley and Ke’shun Townsend served as emcees for the student-run production.

Brittany Church presented the origin of Black History month, while Baylee Robertson recited Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

The highlight of the morning came as Cynthia Woods Nelson, Bridges Anderson, Sabrina Sims Lee and Phillip and Phyllis Staley were recognized for their accomplishments.

“Each of these people serve as an inspiration to students and to their contributions to the community,” Kelley said.

Nelson, who was introduced by Tyra Price, works as the psychiatric program manager with Amedisys Home Health.

Anderson was introduced by Zack Woods and serves as the director of the Upward Bound program at LBW Community College.

Sabrina Sims Lee, who was introduced by Aaliyah Lawrence, is an administrative assistant in the Covington County Probate Judge’s office.

The Staleys are owners of Badcock Furniture in Andalusia. Mrs. Staley was introduced by Jamila Bradley.

Each of the “hometown inspirations” will be featured in The Star-News’ Black History special section on Thursday.

Guests were also treated to literary writings by Antioni Gurley, Jonnecia Jones, Taylor Walker, Lillian Andrews and Destene Shakespeare, as well as a performances by the AMS freedom dancers and the AMS eighth grade band.