Little Rock Baptist Church: 1986 Golden Heritage Awards

Description: Program for the Golden Heritage Award Luncheon with bios of the awardees included.
Date: October 4, 1986
Format: Image/jpg
Original Format: Special Event Program
Language: English
Rights Management: Little Rock Baptist Church
Contributing Institution: Array
Relation: Little Rock Baptist Church
Contributor: Icee Griffin
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Transcript: (Page 2)
From Our Pastor

"He is like a man, who built a house, and digged deep and laid the foundation on a rock;
and when the floods arose,
the stream beat vehemently upon that
house, and could not shake it; for it was
founded upon a rock." Luke 6:48

"To God Be the Glory”

To the Women of our Church, thank you again for the part you play in enhancing the firmness of this foundation, the Rock, our Church. Like the original founders, who were a dedicated and determined group of parishioners, your notable accomplishments; your continued broadening of horizons; and your zeal and dedication to Christian service, are as solid as the first brick laid on the bed of cement. It remains unseen, but still accomplished the task and stands faithfully at that right place.
Each year, through your Golden Heritage Luncheon, you continue to promote excellence by selecting honorees whose goals are committed to professional responsibility. You remain steadfast in this regard and I support you as always, in this endeavor.
To our most distinguished awardees, I congratulate and commend each of you. You have recognized the importance of sharing your many accomplishments with others. You work together, and singly, to improve the quality of life in the community. You are creating an atmosphere in which men and women are able to bring about meaningful change in their public and private lives. You offer positive models to young people and share with them your unlimited skills and knowledge. I totally support your efforts and wish you continued progress and prosperity in the years to come.

With warm regards,


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An Inspirational Message of love & appreciation from the general chairlady MARY THRASHER
“A Proud Past; A Dedicated Present; and a Determined Future”
To the members, friends, and loyal supporters of the Women’s Division of Little Rock Baptist Church, It is my pleasure once again, to greet you and extend warm felicitations. As we celebrate our Church’s 50th year of dedicated service, we say sincerely and irrevocably “To GOD BE THE GLORY”.
We look back and point with pride to those dedicated women who pioneered in this vineyard with unswerving faith and dedication; who gave their time, energy and financial support; and who held on to the dream that one day this great Church would be the pillar in the community that it presently exemplifies. We extol the present, as we, the Christian women of today, continue to promote peace in our city, state, and nation; strengthen the family structure; and continue to be role models and mentors. We look to the future, realizing that our Church must remain a beacon of hope and spirituality to the unsaved and the downtrodden; and provide inner strength to face life and its complexities. We must plan to set high goals; and then reach them.
To our esteemed and honored awardees, your many years of devotion and dedication to young people, and women of our city and nation is most noteworthy. Your efforts and accomplishments have made an indelible mark on the community and fostered a better life for us all. 1986 is the proclaimed International Year of Peace. Yet each of you, in your own way had already done much to commit yourself to this goal. We applaud your achievements, encourage your educational attainments; and wish you Godspeed In your quest for new opportunities for personal and professional growth . . .continue to be “A Catalyst in the Quest for Excellence”.
As we begin to take the first step on the other side of fifty years of existence, of our Church, I say to the most dedicated women that one could ever hope to work with, thank you, for all you have done, your cooperative spirit, and your total support.

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A Message of Appreciation from Elaine Hearns, Luncheon Chairlady

This is a song for the women of today:
“Your virtues shall be extolled in the
glories of true accomplishments while
ancient and inaccurate caricatures fade
in the sunshine of a bright and better
world that only YOU can bring!”

With a melody of praise, I congratulate and extend highest commendations to the 1986 Golden Heritage Awardees. You each are truly deserving of our recognition and tribute. New opportunities and exciting potential await the youth of today as testimony of your untiring zeal and unselfish willingness to share your knowledge and skill. May this symphony of admiration inspire you to remain steadfast in your faith while pursuing challenging and fulfilling professions.
Sincere “THANKS” to our “Conductor” of the Women’s Day Movement, Mary Thrasher for her outstanding cooperation in helping to orchestrate this Luncheon. With baton in hand, she has rehearsed, guided and fine-tuned our Committee beyond the levels of excellence.
To our beloved Pastor, Dr. Holley, the Luncheon Committee deeply appreciates your support and encouragement. Our song for you, Reverend Holley, is a gentle reminder that God loves you and so do we!
More than any simple phrase could express, is the tremendous contribution of the “Espirit de Corps”, the Women’s Day Committee as they utilized their superior sense of dedication to Little Rock Baptist Church and the community, and most of all, to me as Luncheon Chairlady. Remember, that the greatness of a woman can usually be determined by her willingness to be kind to others. Thank you for your kindness and cooperation.
To each and everyone of you, my heart sings a special song ,appreciation and love. . . To God Indeed Be the Glory!

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JUDGE Y. GLADYS BARSAMIAN is the presiding Judge of the Juvenile Division, Wayne County Probate Court, and the Chief Judge Pro Temp.
Judge Barsamian attended Wayne State University and received B.A. and J.D. degrees. She also practiced law in downtown Detroit for 17 years specializing in probate matters.
Judge Barsamian is involved in many professional organizations, serving as Chairperson of the Probate Docket Tracking Committee, Michigan Supreme Court; Member, Caseflow Management Coordinating Committee, Michigan Supreme Court; Member, Task Force on the Role of the Probate Court in the Delivery of Services to Children and Families; and many others.


DR. ERMA GLASCO DAVIS is an Administrator in the Detroit Public Schools System and an adjunct Professor at Marygrove College. She received a B.S. degree from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and a M.Ed. from Wayne State Univ., and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Davis is active in numerous educational, civic and religious affairs. Her community affiliations and involvement are wide and varied. She presently serves a 2nd term as President of Alpha Rho Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and is the recipient of the Thelma C. Hollis Memorial Award, Alpha Rho Omega (AKA) for outstanding service and sisterly relations.
Dr. Davis is a 27-year member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

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TEOLA HUNTER has been a member of the House of Representatives since January 1981, representing the 5th District of Wayne County in the City of Detroit. She is currently Chairperson of the House Social Services and Youth Committee and Vice Chair of Colleges and Universities Committee.
Representative Hunter received her B.S. from the University of Detroit and her M.Ed. from Wayne State University. Teola organized the 5th District Task Force so that her constituents would be able to discuss issues of concern on a one-on-one basis.
She holds many awards from outstanding community and civic organizations and is a member of Mayflower Congregational
United Church of Christ.


DR. LOTTIE JONES is the Executive Director of the National Council on Alcoholism, Greater Detroit Area.
She received a B.GS from Wayne States University and a M.A. from Central Mich. University and a Ph.D. from Shaw College.
Dr. Jones has been cited as Executive of the Year by the United Community Services, and Outstanding Businesswoman by the YWCA. Her affiliations are numerous and include Memberships on the
Boards of the WOMAN Center; Robinwood Clinic; CHPC—SEM; and Kirwood General Hospital.
Dr. Jones is the wife of the Honorable Harold Hood, 3rd Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan.

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SHARON L. MADISON is the Executive Vice President of Madison Madison International. Her responsibilities include strategic marketing, contract negotiations and project planning, and oversight of operational activities of the firm. She also has extensive experience in project, site and environmental planning, landscape, architecture, public safety, public
relations and communications.
Ms. Madison is a graduate of the University of Michigan. She furthered her graduate studies at North Carolina State University and the Harvard School of Design.
MMI has the distinction of being one of the few firms in the Nation to design a U.S. Embassy - the U.S. Embassy at Dakar Senegal West Africa.


DR. BERNICE FINLEY MORTON, R.N. is an Associate Professor at Wayne State University and has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Community Health Nursing Department and Minority Affairs
Her educational credits include a B.S. and M.S. from WSU and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan.
Dr. Morton was an invited visiting Associate Professor at Howard University and has been cited by many outstanding organizations for her teaching excellence.
She is an active member of Dexter Avenue
Baptist Church.

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MILDRED P. SINGLETON, M.D., P.C. is a Practicing Ophthalmologist in the metro-Detroit area. Her missionary work in international medicine include annual trips to Haiti to administer complete ophthalmic care; establishing the First African Mission, l983 in Ma1awi,Africa where there is only one ophthalmologist for the entire country; and missionary work coordinated with Tabernacle Baptist Church in the National Baptist Convention.
Dr. Singleton graduated from Wayne State University with a BS degree and the WSU College of Education and School of
Medicine. She attended Stanford University School of Medicine, Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology.
Dr. Singleton is an active member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.


SISTER BERTHA TATE has been an active member of Little Rock Baptist Church since 1944. As the wife of the first Pastor of the Church, the late Robert E. Tate, she has the distinct honor of being considered, First Lady Emeritus.
During Rev. Tate’s pastorage, Sis. Tate served faithfully and diligently as she carried out her Christian duties. The Church was then, and still is, an integral part of her life. Sis. Tate is quiet and unassuming, letting her works and accomplishments speak for her.

She continues to serve her Church and its present Pastor, with the same humility and deep conviction that she showed in the past. She is active with the Trustee Board, The Good Samaritan Club, Mission Department, Mothers Board and serves as a Sunday School teacher. Her love and sacrifice for her family, and her faith in God, continue to guide her life.

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SILVIA L. WILLIAMS is the Curator of Urban History at the Detroit Historical Museum. She has held this position for the past 11 years, and is the first black woman to hold this position in the City of Detroit. Two of her most recent accomplishments at the Museum have been an exhibition and a publication honoring black women entitled Black Women in Michigan: 1785 to 1985.
Ms. Williams is a graduate of Wayne State University with a combined degree in American History, African American Studies and Secondary Education.
Silvia is a member of Detroit Unity Temple and is active as a counselor in Unity’s Family Therapy Ministry. She serves on the Board of Directors of the
Detroit Metropolitan Orchestra and other prestigious organizations.

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Congratulations Dr. Bernice Morton Recipient of the of the GOLDEN HERITAGE AWARD of the Women’s Day Committee of Little Rock Baptist Church

Wayne State University
Coflege of Nursing

DR. BERNICE F. MORTON is an esteemed member of the faculty of the College of Nursing at Wayne State University. The Dean and the faculty are proud to join you in honoring Dr. Morton as a recipient of your “Golden Heritage Award”.
Throughout her career as a faculty member, Dr. Morton has remained committed and concerned as an educator and as a health care professional. She has been called upon frequently to provide direction and leadership in the admission and progress of students to assure access and career mobility opportunities for all students. She has provided personal and professional resources to assist her colleagues in continued growth in understanding issues in health care and in higher education. Dr. Morton has been generous and compassionate in accepting responsibilities for special assignments to assist the College of Nursing to meet our commitments to our community. It has been a pleasure to work closely with Dr. Bernice F. Morton as a colleague and valued friend.
Professor and Dean
Wayne State University