Kwanzaa Time in Panama City Florida. NIA. Day 5.
KWANZAA Celebration in Bay County Florida began in 1990, downtown 1st African boutique on Harrison Ave. KWANZAA Celebration occurs each year since then in the heart of Bay County Florida…
Jambo watoto (hello children and friends too). Habari Gani (What's the news)?
It's KWANZAA TIME! 2011-2012. Come join with me in the spirit of NIA (purpose). Today, Friday, 12/30/11. We light the fifth candle, green2.
Today we honor 2 distinct organizations in Panama City, Bay, Florida history. 1945- Negro Improvement Association (NIA) and Negro Women Civic Club-(NWCC)Unlike the recent article in a local newspaper, ACTION SPEAKS covers history as is, not changing history nor can we change our heritage to suit anyone… “History must be recorded as it is. Action Speaks Black Community
Publisher Gloria Keith.
Appreciation Stimulates “Positive” Motivation
Each black child and adult can honestly be proud of the foundation laid by our past leadership the Bay County area, but due to a lack of continuous appreciation of positive history has been pushed further and further into the records of nonexistence. Such notable actions, as demonstrated by the Negro women's Civic club and the Negro improvement Association. These organizations saw major need for improvement within the community and the building of a better Panama City. They actively demonstrated their interests the early 1940s, the Negro women's Civic club was organized on 4/15/45. According to documents. presenting the first year of the design by Homer S. Jackson, Ms. Madah Doster Williams, deceased, president said, "there are three predominant factor for the success of this club; projects, programs, and foresight. But, the greatest of these is projects." And, worthy projects they were, performed by these two organizations.
On 10/22/48, a deed to the land on which the, "Glenwood Recreation Center,"(MLK, Jr. Center) now stands, was given to the city of Panama City, Florida, in the name of the Negro Improvement Association, by the two groups combined.
The history above is from an article published in ACTION SPEAKS BLACK COMMUNITY NEWSPAPER 1983. The complete coverage is a part of "ACTION SPEAKS GREATEST MOMENTS" 2012.