CCC Honors Past, Future During Founders Day Program

2014-04-02 | Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations - Brittany Davis, Assistant Director; (662) 621-4061 - bdavis@coahomacc.eduBookmark and Share

CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College’s 2014 Cultural Awareness Week is now is full swing as the college paused to reflect on its past and celebrate the future during a Founders Day program held Wednesday morning in The Pinnacle.

CCC President Dr. Valmadge Towner presided over the program, which included musical selections from the CCC Concert Choir, under the direction of Kelvin Towers, and a solo performance from Vergie Towner-Dishman.

Dr. Jerry Young, presiding vice president and presidential candidate for the National Baptist Convention, highlighted the program as the guest speaker. A native of Scott, Mississippi, Young is one of 10 children born to the Reverend E.L. and Elizabeth Young. He was called to ministry at the age of 17. He has led New Hope Baptist Church since 1980 and is the founder and headmaster of the New Hope Christian Preschool and New Hope Christian Elementary School, which together serve over 300 students from infant to sixth grade.

Young received an Associate of Arts degree in Social Science from CCC and went on to receive a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and Social Welfare from Rust College in Holly Springs, MS. He earned his Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson.

During his message, Young echoed the theme, “The Spark Still Glows and the Journey is Not Over.”

“Founders Day is essentially a two-sided coin. On one hand, you gather so you can celebrate what has already happened, the history. But I do believe that it is important to not simply celebrate what has happened. It is a time to challenge the possibility of what can happen as we look towards the future,” Young said.

He summed up the essence of his message with a story about a man who became sick and was forced to choose between his eyesight and memory. Young said after careful consideration, the man chose to save his eyesight and when questioned by his physician said, “I would rather see where I am going than to simply remember where I’ve already been.”

He then used the story as analogy to his own life.

“When I graduated from high school my ACT score would not allow me to go to Ole Miss, Mississippi State, or Harvard and Yale. But thank God for Coahoma Community College where they said, ‘Come as you are. We don’t allow what happened in the past to keep us from thinking about what can happen in the future,’” he said.

Young encouraged CCC to never forget it’s past, but also embrace the future.

“In an automobile there’s a rear-view mirror where you can glance at what’s behind you, but the windshield is a whole lot bigger. Coahoma as you reflect since 1949 as a college, I’m here to tell you that here’s what you need to do — focus on the future,” he said.

“The worst place in the world that you can be today is to already be where you’re trying to go. … You have no place to go. You can be paralyzed by either you success or your failure.”

The event concluded with the presentations of service awards and the recognition of the retirees. Those honored with service awards were Shirley Hicks with 20 years of service, Trina Cox with 15 years of service, and Gwendolyn Jefferson with 16 years of service. Retirees honored were Joann Barnes, Thelma Bryant, Dr. Martha Catlette; and Bobbie DeShazer.

The Founder’s Day program was organized by the CCC Founders Day Committee.

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