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[RI] In the African American Community

Save Our Boys meeting: The Save Our Boys program will meet tomorrow at 6 p.m. at the Urban League of Rhode Island, 246 Prairie Ave. Parking is available.

Scholarship available: The Marcia Page Scholarship for Mathematics and Science Excellence will provide college scholarships of $5,000 per year to two African-American girls who graduate from one of the Great City Schools this spring and pursue a career in a math/science-related field. Application deadline is May 1. For information, visit

BDPA award banquet: The Rhode Island Chapter of Black Data Processing Associates will present Celebrating Excellence, its annual education and scholarship awards banquet, on Saturday, at 6 p.m., at the Providence Marriott, One Orms St. The speaker will be Lance Drummond, transaction services executive, technology and operations at Bank of America. An awards presentation will be followed by dinner and entertainment.
Tickets are $40 and must be purchased in advance. Make checks payable to BDPA -- Rhode Island, P.O. Box 28592, Providence, RI 02908.
Proceeds will provide scholarships and enrichment opportunities for under-achieving students.
For information, call Lisa Ranglin, (401) 465-3669.

Gospel choir seeks members: The Diocesan Gospel Choir, a multicultural choir sponsored by the Office of Black Catholic Ministry, directed by Sareba Smith, is seeking members.
Only three parishes, St. Michael, Holy Name of Jesus and Our Lady of Mercy are represented. Members of other parishes in the diocese are invited to join.
For information, call Patty January at (401) 278-4552 or St. Michael's rectory at (401) 781-7210.

Glory Awards: The African-African American Festival Committee is seeking nominations for the Glory Awards to honor pastors and ministers for community service and dedication. To nominate pastors or ministers, send a letter and two-page biography detailing their contribution to the development of the congregation, church, mosque or synagogue. Nominations can be e-mailed to hrfprov [at] or faxed to (775) 855-3586.
Awards will be presented at a ceremony in June. For information, call (401) 461-0557.

Performers sought for festival: Performers are needed for the the African/African American Festival in June.
BooBoo Productions, a Christian-fusion production company, seeks singers for a free gospel concert. For details, contact Ben Odiase, (401) 461-0557, Ben02905 [at] or

Urban Idols seeks R&B, rap, spoken word and gospel performers ages 18 and up to audition to perform.
Registration is under way for auditions to be held Saturday, May 7, at 7 p.m. at the West End Community Center, 109 Bucklin St.
For details, call (401) 461-0557 or visit the Web site There is a $20 registration fee.

Church choirs and gospel groups are needed to perform. For a registration package, call (401) 461-0557 or e-mail hrfprov [at]

Community columns that run in the Metro Edition are meant to reflect the diversity and cohesiveness of the various groups in the Providence area. We are interested in the news from your community -- meetings, celebrations, events.

If you have items that you would like us to include, please contact Stephanie McKenna at (401) 277-7312 or by e-mail at smckenna [at] or by writing to her at The Providence Journal, 75 Fountain St., Providence, R.I. 02902.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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