The Second Christian Church in Vandalia held a Black History Celebration entitled “We Are History” this past Sunday as a part of a tribute to African-America History Month. This year’s featured speaker was the Rev. Charlie Wright, Sr., who is currently serving at Second Baptist Church in Fayette, Mo.
During his sermon, the Rev. Wright, Sr. focused his message around I Samuel 2:8.
He noted that God is the one who can raise the poor out of the dust.
He also talked about the importance of educating children to be sure to respect other people among a variety of other topics. The event began with the Rev. Robin Terrell introducing the emcee. Sister Inez McPike welcomed those in attendance. An A&B selection was provided by Pastor Jeffrey Mims, Sr. and his wife. As others joined in the singing, an offering followed that was taken up by the deacons.
Dolly Salmon presented a unique local perspective on African-American History in the area through the years.
A special presentation followed from the Rev. Charlene Wheeler Williams to Virgie Overton.
Sister Jaime Morgan performed as well as APC worship from Moberly, among others.
Presentations were later made by Pastor Melvin McCaleb.