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The Rev. Katherine Williams.

Williams Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will celebrate its 12th Annual Sarah Everett Daniels’ Black History Program on Sunday, March 16, at 3:30 p.m., with the Rev. Katherine Williams delivering the Black History address.

Xylin Sibley will do worship through dance and the Mount Olive Baptist Church will render the music.

Black History Month, the entire month of February, began in 1926 as part of an initiative by writer and educator Doctor Carter G. Woodson, who launched Negro History Week in 1926.

Woodson proclaimed that Negro History Week should always occur in the second week of February between the birthdays of Frederick Douglass and Abraham lincoln. Since 1976, every American president has proclaimed February as Black History Month.

The Association for the Study of African American life and History has selected Civil Rights in America to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, “The history of civil rights in the United States is largely the story of free people of color and then African Americans to define and enumerate what rights pertain to citizens in civil society. It has been the history of enlisting political parties to recognize the need for our governments, state and federal, to codify and protect those rights. Through the years, people of African descent have formed organizations and movements to promote equal rights. The Colored Convention Movement, the Afro American League, the Niagara Movement, the National Council of Negro Women, and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference carried the banner of equality when allies were few. In the modern era, integrated organizations such as the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Urban League, and the Congress of Racial Equality fought for and protected equal rights. The names of America’s greatest advocates of social justice — Frederick Douglass, W.E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Fanny Lou Hamer — are associated with the struggle for civil rights.”

Williams, pastor of Mount Olive Missionary Church in Ty Ty, has served as an educational professional, a counselor, a businesswoman, a community leader, and has authored three books — “Through the Eyes of Another, Part I;” “Be Encouraged, Part II;” and Jesus Christ Revealed in the Tabernacle.” She retired from the position as career placement director from Moultrie Technical College. Her professional career experiences include serving as a secretary, a high school business education teacher, Moultrie Technical College educator and administrator, as well as, an adjunct faculty member at Albany State College.

Professionally, she prepared for her career by obtaining a Bachelor of Science in business education from Albany State University; a Masters of Education in business education from the University of Georgia. Finally, culminating with a doctorate in vocational technical occupational education from Nova Southeastern University.

She earned a second doctorate in Biblical studies with a concentration in spiritual

counseling and a third doctorate in ministry from the Southwest Georgia Theological Seminary, where she presently serves as academic dean and a member of the educational staff.

She is an ordained minister and has served as pastor of Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church for six years. She has traveled to South Africa and New Zealand.

She is the wife of Deacon Robert Lee, the mother of Tammi and Terrance; and the daughter of the late Mr. and Ms. Henry and Annie Mae Fowler. The family resides in Sylvester, Ga.

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