LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Coast Guard to Honor Guard

IDLEWILD - In a second presentation honoring Black History Month, local resident and Coast Guard veteran explained a little more about relating her experiences in the Coast Guard to life in general.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, "'What are you doing for others?'" said Martin Luther King Jr.

Coleman has been working hard to answer that important question.

Coleman hopes to launch her S.S. WORD (Spiritually Sailing, Women of Remarkable Distinction) program on a humanitarian mission. That mission consists of five distinct areas people can use to improve their community.

  • THE CAPTAIN'S DECK. The hope is to involve the U.S. Coast Guard as partners in education structured around several objectives: to promote excellence in education, to create opportunities that propel students academically, to expose students to Coast Guard personnel and discuss their missions and to increase the potential for recruiting a diverse work force.
  • THE QUEEN CODE. Highlighting the life of Molesey Crawford, a woman of great distinction whose search for her destiny was like a queen searching for her throne.
  • THE PROMENADE DECK featuring First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move" initiative, with the following events with dates to be announced: Praise Dance Ministry at Tabernacle AME Church in Idlewild with Rev. Harris and a Guest Dance teacher at First Baptist Church of Woodland Park with Pastor Denise Suttles. It is anticipated these events will be open to the public. Idlewild Summer Dance Camp with Apryl Coleman. Ballroom dance and various line dances with the Idlewild Dancers during the summer. After Five Dance, "The Bad Boy Hustle" by Choclit from Detroit on YouTube MDOT Adopt A Highway in the Idlewild area is done three times a year. Contact Apryl Coleman at 231-580-4210.
  • MEZZANINE DECK Remembering the works of African-Americans beyond Black History Month and looking for wisdom during troubled times. Great resources are blacklivesmatter.org and the song Black Lives Matter, song by Pastor Chris Harris.
  • LOWER LEVEL Funding positive community progress through crafts and products like making incenses, soaps and more.