African-American Love Feast honors Yorkers

Alyssa Pressler
  • Fourteen community members will be honored at an annual local dinner on Sunday.
  • The dinner, The African/African-American Love Feast, is in its 23rd year.

Fourteen local community members will be honored at the 23rd annual African-American Love Feast Recognition Dinner on Sunday.

The feast honors individuals who have been helpful to York's African-American community while also celebrating African culture through food, African outfits, fellowship, African hair styling and traditional African music, according to a news release from Emmanuel Church of God in Christ.

This year's theme is "My Task, My Time."

Some of those honored include Clara Anderson, a founding member of the First Friendship Baptist Church. She also is the judge of elections for the 9th precinct of the second ward of York City, a position she has held for 12 years, and an avid volunteer for organizations such as the York County Convention and Visitors' Bureau and the Democratic Part of York County.

Anderson also is the mother of Mayor Kim Bracey, which she called an honor in the news release. She's being honored for her community service. She advised youth to hold their heads high during difficult struggles that life throws their way.

"As you travel through the journey of life, always remain caring and respectful of others and yourself," she said in the release. "Take advantage of opportunities that come your way."

Aalyhsia Bartley is a Junior Honoree for the dinner. At 14 years old, the York County School of Technology student is being honored for her work with the theater and her status as an honor-roll student. She hopes to become a registered nurse and work in the community.

She advised other students to always listen to their parents and to never give up.

"You should also never give up on what you believe in," she said in the release. "Set small goals and persevere."

Ajanae Demira Henderson is another Junior Honoree as an eighth-grade student at Logos Academy. She also loves the theater and sings in the choir at school and at her church, the Emmanuel Church of God in Christ. Her advice to others her age was to stay in school and have faith in God.

Leonard Hart, principal and CEO at Lincoln Charter School, will be honored for education and administration at the dinner. He is known for his passion for education and building relationships with the community.

“Every child can learn, just not in the same way or on the same day, however, all students can learn," he said in the release.

This is just a snapshot of the many Yorkers who will be honored at the dinner, which takes place at Wyndham Garden York at 2000 Loucks Road. The dinner will take place from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Tickets for the dinner are available by calling the Emmanuel Church of God in Christ at 717-854-1047. Tickets are $45 for adults in advance, $50 at the door. Children 12 years and younger are $20, and there is immediate seating for those with tickets.

A complete list of honorees: Clara Anderson, Miguel Arenas, Carlotta Barnes, Aalyhsia Bartley, Michael Flack, Leonard Hart, Ajanae Henderson, Charles Hobbs, Courtland Howard, Robert Lambert, Shane McMillan, Michael Miller, Henry Nixon and Rosalyn Walker.