The Concerned Citizens of Natchitoches organization hosted an awards ceremony Monday, February 28 at Natchitoches’ Martin Luther King Center. The focus of the ceremony was to recognize an eclectic group of local African-Americans who have excelled in a wide variety of endeavors.
The event was emceed by Mr. Johnny Barnes, President of The Concerned Citizens of Natchitoches. Several talented groups of young people from area churches entertained the crowd as they enjoyed a catered dinner and fellowship.
Among the awardees were:
Long-time community leader, historian, and president of the Voters and Civic League, Mr. J. W. Scarbrough
Natchitoches Mayor Ronnie Williams
NSU President Dr. Marcus Jones
Natchitoches Police Chief Nikeo Collins
Attorney and Associate Professor in the NSU College of Business & Technology, Dr. Carmella Parker
Long time gunsmith, business owner and community leader, Mr. Mike Lewis
The late Sylvia Morrow, a pioneer in local government, and in the community was also recognized.
There was a common theme throughout the evening as each person honored gave thanks to those who went before and laid a foundation for their success. Indeed, all of us owe a debt to the men and women of the past who, when faced with injustice, came back with hard work and excellence. Our city, and nation, are better because of them.