A few weeks ago, 82-year-old Emma Anderson had a harrowing experience when she was pulled off a Metrorail train in February for refusing to stop singing gospel songs.
The community was appalled when it saw pictures of the frail, old lady and learned of her story. Now, the Spirit of Christ Child Development Center and Academy, 18801 W. Dixie Hwy in North Miami Beach, wants to honor Anderson today in a special assembly at the academy.
In a letter from the academy, Anderson is being honored because she was "abused, mistreated, and misunderstood for wanting to sing the praises unto the Lord while riding the Metrorail. We consider her our new ‘Rosa Parks’ for this era and for this generation of children."
The academy has declared April 25 as "Emma Anderson Day" and will honor her with a spiritual and musical tribute to include songs, dance and speeches, all presented by the children in the academy.
The assembly will be at 9:30 a.m. today and the community is invited.
Dancing with the Archdiocese
This should be fun: On Saturday, seven members of different ministries and parishes of the Archdiocese of Miami will partner up with professional dancers to compete for a Mirror Ball Trophy at the second annual Heavenly Dancing with the Stars which benefits St. John Vianny College Seminary.
The diner dance competition will be at 7 p.m. at St. John Vianney College Seminary, 2900 SW 87th Ave. The dancers are: Gaston Arellano, Barry University Campus Ministry; Ian Arispe, Our Lady of Lourdes parish; Solange Hernandez, St. John the Apostle; Annmarie Block, St. Louis parish; Anna Cairo, Church of the Little Flower; Victor Gonzalez-Quintero, St. Augustine Church; and Sharon Utterback, Miami Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women.
The event will produce two winners — one selected by popular vote based on the number of voting tickets sold, the other based on their dancing prowess as determined by the judges’ scores.
The judges are the Rev. Alejandro Rodriguez Artola, pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish; the Rev. David Zirilli, vocations director, and Msgr. Kenneth Schwanger, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish. Joyce Kaufman of 850 WFTL AM Radio, will be the mistress of ceremony.
The event is open to the public, but seating is limited. The cost is $50 per person and includes dinner. Voting tickets, which are used to vote for a specific couple, are $10 for 10 votes.
For tickets and more information call Juan A. Di Prado, media coordinator for the Archdiocese of Miami at 305-762-1046.
Church youth to present ‘A Supernatural Show’
The Children’s Church at the Historic Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 301 NW Ninth St. in Overtown, will present "A Supernatural Show" at 8 a.m. on May 5.
The show is a 30-minute recital of prayers, songs, dances and dramatic interpretations. The event is based on the recent outreach program, "Seek God for the City 2013," and will also feature a music video, breakfast theatre and the live recording of a CD.
According to Gail Willlingham, a member of the church, the plan is for the show to become an annual event. "We hope to add service components to nursing homes, homeless shelters and schools in the community, and may also involve a workshop during next year’s spring break.
A donation will be requested of adults who will be attending the event, but it is free to children under 16. The menu will include food that will fit most lifestyles and diets.