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Neighbors in Religion: Artist surprises former Miami Dolphin Larry Little with gift

Miami artist Carl Latimore and football great Larry Little.
Miami artist Carl Latimore and football great Larry Little.

Years ago, when Carl Latimore was a struggling young artist, Miami Dolphins great Larry Little commissioned him to paint his portrait. The painting still hangs in Little’s South Dade living room.

“Larry’s portrait was my first Legacy piece. It was on that portrait that I started to build my business, The Art of Your Legacy — Meaningful Tributes through Art. Painting Larry’s portrait was such an encouragement. I’d always admired him and his humble spirit, so painting his portrait inspired me to do other legacy art. Legacy is so important to me. It’s how you live every day. ... I believe in putting our legacy out where people can see it.”

Latimore, of Long Beach, California, is in town to oversee the installation of The Liberty City Family Album, a three-part mural depicting Liberty Square Housing Project and Liberty City pioneers and other noted residents, at the Seventh Avenue Transit Building, 6100 NW Seventh Ave.

While in Miami, Latimore decided to visit with some of his old friends, including Little.

This wasn’t just another visit. Latimore, who hadn’t seen Little since he painted his portrait in the mid-1970s, came bearing another gift for the former football star. He brought a special tribute plaque that was researched, painted and designed by Latimore of black football players who had attended and played for historically black colleges or universities, and had played in at least one Super Bowl. At least 18 of the players pictured on the plaque are members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Latimore presented the award to some of the former players at one of the Super Bowl events in San Francisco. Little did not attend. So Latimore surprised him with a call to tell him about the award and that he would like to present it to him at his home.

“When he called me I wondered who was calling me from Long Beach. The only person I know in Long Beach is my former teammate, Marlin Brisco, and that wasn’t his number,” said an elated Little.

A spiritual man who believes in putting God first, Latimore, said he was so happy to be able to “personally” make the presentation to Larry. “When he asked me to paint his portrait years ago, that started me on my legacy-through-art journey,” Latimore said. “I believe it was divine intervention.”

Latimore said he was commissioned by Everett Glenn, an attorney in Long Beach, to do the football tribute piece. Glen then got permission from the Super Bowl and the National Football League for Latimore to do the tribute piece.

“Once I got the go-ahead, I spent over 100 hours researching each player and the team he played for, even down to the uniforms they wore. So many things have changed over the years,” Latimore said.

He said he is “amazed” at how God puts the right people in your life at the right time. “Nothing happens by accident.”

CHURCH CONCLUDES 91ST ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

The community is invited to St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church at 7:30 and 11 a.m. Sunday for the conclusion of the church’s 91st anniversary celebration.

The Rev. Woodrow Jenkins Jr., pastor of the church, has invited the Rev. Paul West and the New Canaan Baptist Church to be in charge of the 7:30 a.m. worship service. The Rev. Henry Whitehead Jr., pastor of Second Canaan Missionary Baptist Church will minister at the 11 a.m. service.

St. Luke Baptist is at 1790 NW 55th St., in Liberty City.

BLACK HISTORY MONTH PROGRAMS

Tenth Tabernacle of Miami will celebrate Black History Month with programs at 6 p.m. Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday at 2298 NW 62nd St., in Liberty City.

Saturday’s program will feature the Sunshine A Capella Choir, a fashion show and food.

Sunday’s program will feature Elder Moses Farrar of Philadelphia in a “Historical and Spiritual” symposium titled, The Missing Spiritual Link in the History of People of African Ancestry.

Farrar is a lecturer and singer and is the author of 10 books, and is considered one of the nation’s leading biblical historians. His lecture topic will be The Overwhelming Presence of African People and Places in the Bible.

The program will include inspirational music, food and a get-acquainted period. For more information, call 786-477-7723 or 786-222-4760.

CHURCH HERITAGE AWARENESS ON SUNDAY

The Universal Truth Center for Better Living will celebrate Heritage Awareness at 10 a.m. Sunday at the church, 21310 NW 37th Ave., in Miami Gardens. Attendees are encouraged to wear the attire of their country of origin. The Rev. Charles Taylor will preach on the topic, Open Your Power Channel and See It Right.

A “Taste of Nations” fellowship will follow the service and will include the sampling of foods from various countries.

It’s free.

‘DYNAMISM OF JUDAISM’

Temple Beth Tov Ahavat Shalom will continue its Dynamism of Judaism speaker series on Sundaywith Rabbi Yochana Salazar as the guest speaker. Salazar directs the Sofer (Scribe) on the Site program and will speak about his work.

A kosher lunch will be served at noon, followed by Salazar’s presentation. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted.

The synagogue is at 6438 SW Eighth St., in West Miami. For more information, call 305-205-3846.

HADASSAH GALA LUNCHEON

The Inter-American Chapter of Hadassah invites you to its annual Hadassah Medical Organization Gala Luncheon at noon Sunday at Temple Menorah, 620 75th St., in Miami Beach.

The organization will honor Isaac Olemberg and will remember Nieves Olemberg, a past president of the Inter-American Chapter.

Tickets are $100 per person and includes valet parking. Call Genie Ayer at 305-861-0687 for tickets and more information.

CHURCHES UNITE AGAINST HIV/AIDS

Churches United for the Prevention of HIV/AIDS recognizes March 6-12 as the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS. From 9 to 11 a.m. March 8, there will be a pastoral prayer breakfast and news conference at Bethel Apostolic Temple at 1855 NW 119th St.

The Rev. Gaston Smith, senior pastor of Friendship Missionary Baptist church, will be the speaker.

At 7 p.m. March 11, a “Sing for a Cure Concert” will be held at the church. Confidential rapid HIV testing will be available at all events.

The Rev. Carol Nash-Lester is pastor of the church. The Rev. Darryl K. Baxter, an associate pastor, and is president of the Family Foundation and chairman of Churches United Conference. For more information, call him at 305-987-7100.

The Rev. Nettie B. Davis, senior pastor at God’s Amazing Grace Outreach Ministries, is the co-chair of the Churches United Conference and can be reached at 305-409-4655.

Send all items at least two weeks in advance to Religion Notes, c/o Neighbors, 3511 NW 91st Ave., Doral, FL 33172 or email bea.hines@gmail.com. Pictures are accepted but cannot be returned.

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