Little Rock Baptist Church: 1989 Golden Heritage Awards
Description: Program for the Golden Heritage Award Luncheon with bios of the awardees included.
Date: October 7, 1989
Original Format: Special Event Program
Rights Management: Little Rock Baptist Church
Contributing Institution: Array
Relation: Little Rock Baptist Church
Contributor: Icee Griffin
Transcript: (Page 3)
From Our Pastor
“Arid we know that all things work
together for good to them that
love Cod, to them who are the
called according to his purpose.
- Romans 8:28
On this, the occasion of your 7th Annual Golden Heritage Awards Luncheon, the Women’s Divis ion of Little Rock continue to select some of the most outstanding women of this community to honor. We congratulate this year’s honorees and applaud their achievements.
It is when we work together that we can reach the top. As your Pastor, I appreciate the dedication amd enthusiasm that you exemplify as a Committee year after year. Women’s Day has become a vital and important event at Little Rock and this Luncheon is a beautiful kick-off. I encourage you to continue to let God lead you in all ways and He will give you new and different ideas of carrying out His program.
Let this 7th Annual Golden Heritage Awards Luncheon signify a new beginning for I so often tell you that seven is a blessed number. You must know by now that you have my support and that I am prou d to be your pastor. I pray God’s continued blessings on you all.
Rev. Jim Holley, Ph.D.
Our General Chairperson
Whatsoever ye do. do it heartily.
a to the Lord, 8nd not unto men.
— Colossians 3:23
‘Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do.
do it with thy mi8hL”
Serving the Lord with zest and enthusiasm leads to the accomplishment of great things. Often, repetition leads to indifference and we cease being excited about our tasks and it becomes natural to toil half-heartedly. But thank God that after seven years, the Women’s Division of Little Rock Baptist Church is still excited about its Annual Golden Heritage Awards. It is still thrilling to honor those, such as our 1989 awardees, who have displayed a true passion for their work, families and communities.
The luncheon committee, chaired this year by Theresa Gray, labored with keen intensity throughout the demanding weeks of preparation yet never lost sight of their ultimate purpose. I thank them all for their vitality and refreshing approach to a difficult task.
I cannot forget the ongoing support and encouragement we receive from our Pastor, Dr. Jim 1-lolley. I am grateful for his kind of leadership which serves as a shining example of what progress can be made through diligence, persistence and prayer.
Lynda K. Jeffries
A Message of Thanks and Appreciation
"Render therefore to all their dues: tribute to whom tribute is due: custom to whom custom: fear to whom fear: honour to whom honour.”
— Romans 13:7
Today we pause to honour some of the great women of our times. We congratulate all of our honorees and say to them “Keep on excelling as you have, for you have the opportunity to leave positive footprints for others to follow.”
It is with humbleness and gratitude that I express my appreciation to my Luncheon Committee for your supp ort and hard work; t’ the Women’s Day Committee for the confidence you placed in me by selecting me as your Luncheon Chairlady; to my Pastor and Church Family for allowing me the opportunities to serve God’s people and to give of what HE has so graciously given me.
God bless all who helped to make this 7th Annual Golden Heritage Awards Luncheon a success. May we continue striving to be “Christian Women Expressing God’s Love Through Prayer and Obedience.”
— John 14:15/I Thess. 5:17
GOLDEN HERITAGE AWARD
MRS. CHRISTINE ARMSTRONG
The Women’s Division is proud to honor Mrs. Christine Armstrong of Little Rock Baptist Church as our 1989 Golden Heritage Awardee for Christian Service. Mrs. Armstrong has been an active member of Little Rock Baptist Church since 1946. She united with “the Rock” under the founding pastor, Rev. R.E. Tate.
Mrs. Armstrong was appointed to the Trustee Board in 1955 by the Rev. T.R. Provost and still is a member of the Board of Directors. She has been President of the Good Samaritans Club since 1962 and is also a member of the Mother’s Board. Mrs. Armstrong’s quiet spirit, dedication to God and commitment to her church endears her to Pastor Holley and the entire membership of Little Rock.
Married to Mr. Claude Armstrong, she is the mother of three children (one decease d). While Mrs. Armstrong no longer actively participates in bowling and fishing, she is still an avid checker player.
GOLDEN HERITAGE AWARDEE
BARBARA A. ATKINS
Barbara A. Atkins is Founder and President/CEO of Pica Systems, Inc., an information processing service business specializing in automatic data processing, providing ADP support services to the private and public sector. Ms. Atkins started Pica Systems in 1980 with one employee. The company now employs between 40 and 55 employees. In 1987: Pica Systems ranked No. 14 in Michigan’s “Top 100” private corporations and No. 34 in Michigan’s “Top 50” Women owned corporations.
She is also Co Founder and Vice President of BPA Enterprises, Inc., a Professional Personnel and Executive Search Firm. She is responsible for both BPA and Pica Systems operations on a firm wide basis. Ms. Atkins received her education at Michigan and Wayne State Universities; and Wayne and Oakland Community Colleges.
Ms. Atkins devotes a lot of time to educational organizations as a Volunteer. These activities include: Volunteer participant in Career Day Programs; member of Board of Directors, Marygrove College, and State Board of Education/Vocational Technical Education Council. She was honored by the United Negro College Fund In 1983 with the Founders Award for Volunteer Service and again in 1984 with the Volunteer Service Award. She is also active in both civic and community affairs such as Board Member of the Michigan State and Detroit Chambers of Commerce, United Community Services and on the Executive and Advisory Boards of the United Foundations.
Recipient of many honors and awards, Ms. Atkins has been featured in Essence Magazine, Trend, Michigan Business, The Detroit News and The Detroit Free Press and others too numerous to name.
GOLDEN HERITAGE AWARDEE
JUDGE WENDY COOLEY
Judge Wendy Cooley is a Judge in the 36th District Court. She holds Juris Degree from the University of Detroit Law School; a Master of Arts Degree from the University of Michigan; and a Bachelor of Science Degree from Eastern Michigan
University. Judge Cooley has also been a Special Education Consultant and a Community College Instructor.
“Winning Ways: Attitudes of Success” is a radio show hosted by Judge Cooley which airs over WDTR, 90.9 FM on Saturdays at 1:00 — 2:00 p.m. She is a Board Member of Wayne County Community College Foundation, writer for Community Access News and Founder and President of “Women Who Win”. She was honored as one of Michigan’s Outstanding Volunteers for 1988 and holds memberships in many judicial, civic, and Women’s organizations including: Michigan District Judges Association, Association of Black Judges, Leadership Detroit’s Board of Directors, Foremost Women of the Twentieth Century, Delta Sigma Theta and Gamma Phi Delta Sororities.
The opening statement of Judge Cooley's biographical sketch reads: “Judge Wendy Cooley is a Christian lady who has used direction, determination, drive dynamics, discipline and devotion as motivation for developing her lifestyle. What a model pattern for youth of today to follow!!
GOLDEN HERITAGE AWARDEE
ALEXA CANADY, M.D.
Alexa Canady, M.D. is Director of Neurosurgery, Children’s Hospital of Michigan, Detroit, Michigan, and Clinical Associate Professor, Wayne State University School of Medicine. She earned a B.S. in 1971 and graduated M.D. (Cum Laude) in 1975, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Dr. Canady holds memberships and offices in American College of Surgeons, Congress of Neurological Surgeons, National Medical Association, and American Society of Pediatric Neurosurgery, just to name a few. A noted lecturer, she has made more than 50 presentations to medical societies and other groups and authored or coauthored publications pertaining to Neurology.
Dr. Canady received the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award through Wayne State University Medical Staff in March 1989; Teacher of the Year Children’s Hospital of Michigan, 1984; Candace Award through National Coalition of 100 Black Women,
New York, June 1986 and numerous other honors and awards.
GOLDEN HERITAGE AWARDEE
DR. FRANCIS JACKSON
Dr. Frances Jackson. Ph.D, has been an active member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc., since March 14, 1970 at Wayne State University (Alpha Beta Chapter). She is Undergraduate Chapter Coordinator for Central Region. This office supervises 63 undergraduate chapters and more than 500 undergraduate sorors. She is also a member of the National Board of Directors. She has been in both of these positions since 1986.
Dr. Jackson has held many offices in the local chapter. including Second AntiBasileus. supervising four undergraduate chapters, 1972-74: Fifth Anti-Basileus, supervising Delta Zeta Chapter at Ferris State College. 197475; Sixth Anti-Basileus for Rho Sigma Chapter. Advisor to Oakland University Colony, 1987-88 to name a few.
Dr. Jackson has held numerous workshops on leadership training, young adult sexuality, organizational administration and chapter recruitment. She has direct impact on sorority policies and procedures.
Dr. Jackson states that her goals are to ensure the continued involvement of undergraduates on a national level and to promote and encourage continued community service by undergraduate sorors to their local communities. She has been able to nurture, advise and counsel with the young ladies of her sorority.
GOLDEN HERITAGE AWARDEE
Monica Morgan writes a weekly column for the Michigan Chronicle (Michigan’s largest Black newspaper), is a photographer and a full-time Community Awareness Specialist for the U.S. Census Bureau. A busy lady, doing busy things and excelling at them all.
Ms. Morgan recently received a community and civic award from Wall Street, Inc., inclusion in “Who’s Who Among Black Americans” and has been honored by various organizations and schools. In 1986 and 1987 she was honored as Outstanding Young Woman of America.
Her experience in the Journalism field is varied. Counted among the newspapers and publications she has written for are: The Detroit News, 13th Congressional District-political, The South End (college newspaper), Hair Designs Magazine, Native Detroiter Magazine, and City Magazine. She has worked in TV and as Talk Show CoHost on Radio.