Camp Atwater is a residential summer camp for boys and girls, 8 – 15 years old located in North Brookfield, MA. Serving youth for 92 years, Camp Atwater’s mission is to assist in the academic and social growth and development of youth by offering a quality residential camp experience within a safe, nurturing and Afrocentric environment.
Camp Atwater is owned and operated by the Urban League of Springfield and accredited by the American Camping Association. Founded in 1921 by the late Dr. William N. DeBerry, it was named in honor of Dr. David Fisher Atwater, whose daughter Mary donated substantially to the camp. Camp Atwater is one of the oldest camps of its kind in the country and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. (Source: Urban League of Springfield, MA)
Find out more about the camp that even Former Detroit’s Mayor Coleman Young enjoyed here: campatwater.org
John Robert Lewis was born on February 21, 1940 and is the U.S. Representative for Georgia’s 5th congressional district. Now in his 17th term in the House, Lewis, was also a chairman of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and was one of the “Big Six” leaders who organized the 1963 March on Washington… as well as other key roles in the Civil Rights Movement.
Lewis has been presented many honorary degrees and awards, including the highest civilian honor of the United States, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. On December 29, 2019, it was announced that Lewis is receiving treatment for Stage IV pancreatic cancer. Our prayers are with this political giant. Source: Biography.com and wikipedia.org)
Howard Sheffield, Arthur Lowe and Gary Smith dazzled crowds on a line together for the Mount Forest Redmen, an intermediate hockey team in a small Ontario town. Reports say the three were skilled players and packed arenas wherever they played. Somewhere along the way, they earned the nickname the Black Flashes. (CBC Canadian News)
Ja’Net Dubois (1945 – 2020), is perhaps best known for playing Willona Wood on “Good Times”. Dubois was found dead in her California home on February 17, 2020. She was 74 years old. Her death appears to be due to natural causes.
In addition to Good Times, Dubois also composed and sang, “Movin’ On Up” the theme song for “The Jeffersons” TV show, has two Emmy Awards for her voice-over work on the “The PJ’s” tv series and appeared in several films including: “Diary of a Mad Housewife”, “I’m Gonna Git You Sucka”, and “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle.” (Source: blackmail4u.com)
That time Ja’net Dubois turned a theme song into an altar call.