Democratic Presidential Candidate Barak Obama drew perhaps the loudest applause when Emcee Bobby Acree mentioned his decision to seek office in 2007, and with his portrayal in a “Guess Who” segment by Jonathan White of Second Baptist Church.
Acree read a list of black leaders, inventors and contributors to culture, while Genesis Express Member George Radford dedicated the evening to members of the nation’s Armed Services.
After the Rev. James Edwards of Cave Springs Baptist Church opened the evening with an invocation, the audience stood to sing the “Negro National Anthem,” “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Acree, armed with witty banter introduced LaTrita Russell who sang the haunting “Strange Fruit,” about witnessing a lynching.
Quashawn Quarles took the podium next. Though only the top of his head could be seen over the lectern, Quashawn read an essay about his grandmother, Emma Cavanaugh. He praised his grandmother’s caring and loving attitude and called her a good cook. “She showed she cared by making sure we wore the right clothes to fit the temperature outside. She was a good cook. You would think so too if you tried her crunchy catfish.”
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