MOULTRIE — Williams Tabernacle Christian Methodist Episcopal Church will sponsor a Black History Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19. The program is being held in concurrence with the observance of National Black History Month Observance, instituted in 1925 by the late Carter G. Woodson.

The Association for the study of Negro, or Black, Life and History has chosen to devote the 2006 National Black History Theme to exploring the impact that black fraternal, social and civic organizations have had on the evolution of African American life and history. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the first continuous collegiate black Greek letter fraternity.

Alpha Phi Alpha, established in an age when racial segregation and disenfranchisement plagued African Americans, the rise of each of the black fraternities and sororities that make up the “Divine Nine” bore witness to the fact that despite hardships African American refused to assent to a status of inferiority.

A former Moultrie resident who has attained success in her occupation will be the featured speaker Sunday. Debra Pittman, of Milledgeville, is the daughter of Delia and William D. Pittman Sr. She is a 1984 graduate of Colquitt County High School and was a member of Coeds United for Progress and Future Homemakers of America.

Pittman earned a bachelor of science degree in food and nutrition from Fort Valley State College in Fort Valley in 1988 and master of science in nutrition from Memphis State University in Memphis, Tenn. She is presently employed as an assistant professor at Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville and United Food and Linen/Georgia War Veteran Home, Inc., also in Milledgeville.

Pittman is affiliated with organizations such as the American Dietetic Association, Georgia Dietetic Association, American Society for Healthcare Foodservice Administrators, Georgia Nursing Home Association, Fort Valley State Family and Consumer Sciences Alumni Association, Milledgeville Junior Woman’s Club and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She has received honors and awards from the Minority Dietitians of Georgia Scholarship, Motta Sims Home Economics Awards, Sallie B. Watson Scholarship Recipient and Commitment to Excellence Award-GWVH Dietary Department.

The Rev. Edward Jones Jr. is the pastor of Williams C.M.E. Church.

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