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Promises ... In Shades of Black

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Briana Boykin
“Hush… someone is calling your name,” Ms. Woodie Rucker-Hughes alerts to graduating students at the 5th Annual African American Student Recognition Celebration and admonishes graduates to rise to the occasion of leadership, scholarship, and professionalism.

On Sunday June 7th, 2009, students of the Renaissance Scholars Program. The Talented Tenth Program, and the Ujima program gathered together to be honored, celebrated, and empowered by RCC Faculty, Staff and Community Members. Those leaders in attendance included RCC counselor Danielle Ramsey, RCC Vice President of Student affairs Dr. Edward Bush, motivational speaker

Pastor John W. Seniguar, the RCCD Gospel singers, Don A j e n e Wilcoxson, James Banks, Jimmie Hill, Monique Hill, Dr. Marilyn Martinez-Florez, RCC President Dr.  Jan Muto, and Janet Green of the RCCD Board of Trustees.

The event was beautiful. Dr. Edward Bush, who set a powerful and inspiring tone for the program, informed students that the community was not gathered to recognize the students, but to celebrate them for all their hard work and academic initiatives despite the many social and economic hardships many of them had to face.

“You are our best,” he cried, cheering on the students for their outstanding efforts – a tone that was echoed throughout the ceremony by Pastor Seniguar, Ms. Hughes, the students, and even within the songs sung by the RCCD gospel singers.

The students left empowered, ready to conquer the next level in life. Many of them will be transferring to prestigious colleges in the fall including:

CSU San Bernardino, Hampton University, Spelman College, Morehouse College, and California Baptist University, just to name a few.  As the ceremony came to an end, each student and guest could hear Ms.  Rucker-Hughes lyrical speech ringing in their ears and left knowing that there was no doubt that someone was calling their name.

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