MT. Zion C.M.E Church Hosting Black History Month Program

Mt. Zion C.M.E. Church and Pastor Rev. Richard Edwards invites everyone, especially high school students and parents, to their Black History Spotlight at 11 a.m. this Sunday, Feb.17.

Guest speaker is Center native Ashley Odom. Ashley is the daughter of Melvin and Mattie Suell.

She graduated from Center High School in 2001 and attended the University of Houston where she received her Bachelor’s in Marketing. She went on to receive her Masters in Instructional Technology from UH Clear Lake and later received an Education Specialist Degree in Educational Technology from Walden University.

Ashley is currently employed as a Program Manager for Teacher Development with the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, which is based out of Washington D.C,. and works with the 47 publicly funded Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) around the country. They provide scholarships, internships and programs, one being the Teacher Quality and Retention Program which Ashley leads. Her topic will be the importance of education and Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

By Veronica Berry of the Light and Champion