Around Town & In The Community – 2015

December 2015


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Aleana Laster brought her anti-bullying message to the Springfield Parade of the Big Balloons.

November 2015

CYSTERS of Springfield

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CYSTERS of Springfield held their PCOS Awareness Walk at Riverfront Park in Downtown Springfield.

October 2015

Women Who Are Legends

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Hair stylist Lucille Kennedy, owner of Solid Gold Beauty Palace, was herself honored at “Women Who Are Legends” for her many years as a master hair stylist. Mrs. Kennedy is surrounded by hair stylists and program participants during the event.

September 2015

En Motion Dance

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En Motion Dance Theater’s recital took place recently to a large audience of over 700 people at the MassMutual Center.

August 2015

The Brethren

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At Springfield’s Juneteenth celebration, the Brethren recognized member Chester Gibbs (center) on his 91st birthday.

July 2015

“Taking Back God’s Territory”

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Religious leaders gather on the steps of Bethel AME Church prior to the “Taking Back God’s Territory” anti-violence march to protest violence in the Six Corners area of Springfield.

June 2015


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COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. (left) congratulates Bishop Talbert Swan II on his ascension as Bishop at his combined inauguration dinner and 50th birthday celebration.

May 2015

The Dunbar Divas

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The Dunbar Divas (Dunbar Active Older Adults group) pose with members of the Jazz All Stars after a concert performance at Springfield Technical Community College.

April 2015

SOS Calling All Black People

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UMass Professor John Bracey, Poet Sonia Sanchez and Professor James Smethurst recently held a book signing for their book, SOS―Calling All Black People: A Black Arts Movement Reader, at New Africa House at the University of Massachusetts.

March 2015

Springfield Pastor's Council

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Springfield Pastor’s Council members join with Reverend Angelo Dawson (7th from left) to celebrate Bethel AME Church’s 165th anniversary.

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