ADA — The annual African American Heritage Program will be held this Sunday at 3 p.m. at Willard School and will feature several guest speakers and entertainers, including Rev. Walter Whitney II.

The theme for this year's program is "Lift Every Voice," and Rev. Whitney will be giving the keynote address. Rev. Charles Miller, pastor of St. James Church of God in Christ, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Whitney, a 1968 graduate of Ada High School, recently retired from Northrop Aircraft as a senior buyer and moved back to Ada from Los Angeles, Calif. His background includes serving as a radioman (Submarine Service) in the U.S. Navy from 1969-1972. In 1980 Whitney received Associate Arts-Business Law (AA) from Los Angeles City College; a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of Phoenix in 1983 and a certificate of purchasing from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1989. He owned a number of martial arts studios in the Los Angeles area and was a 3rd Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do. Whitney is also co-founder and president of the 40s and 50s Social Club in Carson, Calif., and founder and president of Faith Builders International, an evangelistic association which included inner city, prison and jail ministries.

Guest soloist for the event will be Ms. Jinnean Askew recording artist from Dallas, Texas. Askew has performed with gospel music singers such as Donnie McClurkin and Mattie Moss-Clark. Her debut CD will be released later this year.

Cletus Lowe Jr. will also be on hand to provide entertainment. Lowe is from McAlester and has performed at events all around Oklahoma, including for the Governor's Inaugural Service.

The program will also include music by the newly organized Hammond Heights Community Choir under the direction of Charlene Parker. The choir is made up members from the Philemon Baptist Church, Reaper Baptist Church and the St. James Church of God in Christ.

The African American Heritage program is free and open to the public.

For additional information about the Hammond Heights Community Choir or the African American Heritage Program, contact the Rev. Charles Miller at (580) 310-7250 or (580) 332-6740.

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