Wednesday, February 26, 2014
The Summerville branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) recognized five local people in honor of Black History Month at its meeting Feb. 20.
The honorees were Carolyn Howard, Margaret Goodwine, Willie Davis, Rollins Edwards and Aaron Brown.
All of the honorees have contributed to the development of the black community in Summerville, chapter President Dexter Mack said.
Service was a theme between the honorees.
“It’s very, very important to serve and to help our community, especially when it comes to influencing our young people,” said the first honoree, Carolyn Howard. Howard served on the Dorchester District Two School Board for 29 years.
Margaret Goodwine, an advocate for seniors and a leader within the Democratic party, agreed: “That’s my goal, to be a servant leader.”
Ever a politician, Dorchester County Councilman Willie Davis used the recognition as an opportunity to announce his intent to seek reelection, and how his first election 23 years ago made history.
“The night of that election I won by 190 votes, and that made history on the upper end of the county,” he said. “I’m just glad to be here. I do plan to run again and I seek your support.”
Councilman Davis named Rollins Edwards, another honoree, as one of his role models when seeking office.
Edwards, who was once a traveling musician and a World War II soldier, was the first black person elected to Dorchester County Council. He also served on the Summerville Town Council.
“Summerville history – there’s a lot of it, and I’ve been around for most of it,” the 92-year-old said with a laugh.
The final honoree is one of Edwards’ contemporaries on Town Council, Councilman Aaron Brown.
In response to being called a leader, Councilman Brown called other NAACP members to service.
“We have to get together, work together to achieve what we want to achieve. We need a leader? A leader is you,” he said.
After a standing ovation for all five honorees, Mack thanked them for their contributions to the Summerville community.
He referenced the chapter’s Freedom Fund Banquet theme, “If I Dare to Dream,” and questioned the audience, “Just imagine if they hadn’t dared to dream? It’s so important to dream tonight. Act upon it, work it.”