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Project Unity celebrates 20 years, honors founder

Published: February 24, 2013 4:00 AM
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Project Unity celebrated its 20th anniversary with "Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow" at Theodore Roosevelt High School in Kent.

The formal dinner and dance benefited the Lillie Gayle Smith Scholarship Fund.

Pam Echols-Kelly welcomed the group to the event.

A history of Project Unity was given by Tahira Butler and Eugene Fortson, and the Spoken Word was provided by Sajdah Habeeb.

A special presentation was given by Tahira Butler, Eugene Fortson and Pam Echols-Kelly.

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Arlyne Habeeb introduced keynote speaker Dr. Lillie Gayle Smith, a retired teacher and founder of Project Unity.

Project Unity was formed in 1992 to address the unique challenges black students faced at school. Goals included helping students develop a greater sense of community among themselves, suppor,t their academic achievement, and expand their capacity to contribute to and participate in school activities.

Over the years, Project Unity has sponsored speakers, retreats, conferences, dances, a step team, talent shows, parent programs, and fashion shows. Field trips have included college fairs, Detroit's Motown, and Underground Railroad museums in Canada.

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anonymous Feb 24, 2013 11:47 AM

Sorry I missed it. But I know it was wonderful with the people involved. Congratulations Pam, and thanks Ms. Smith for being there for our children.