By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer
Leading the way for the next generation was the foundation for the annual African-American Affairs banquet Wednesday evening at Eastern New Mexico University.
Guest speaker Bryian K. Phillips Sr., pastor of the New Light Baptist Church in Farwell, encouraged the audience to prepare for the future. He also emphasized the importance of a good education, he said.
“The future grows brighter as you grow stronger pursuing knowledge,” Phillips said.
Captivating the audience, Phillips went on to speak of learning to be a great follower in order for a person to become a better and stronger leader. He talked about the need to think of others and suffer for the things worth having, he said.
“It takes adversity to overcome and be great leaders,” Phillips said.
The highlight of the evening came with the crowning of the first Mr. and Ms. Black ENMU. The contest was held last Thursday, but results were held until the banquet, said Ashley Porter, director of the ENMU African-American Affairs office.
Joseph “JJ” Jennings was named Mr. Black ENMU, and the Ms. Black ENMU crown was presented to Lola Bamigboye, both ENMU students.
“I feel really great,” said Bamigboye of her new title.
Working hard to gain the title of Ms. Black ENMU, Bamigboye plans to work closely with the African-American Affairs office and the ENMU campus to represent the African-American society, she said.
Rounding out the evening was a presentation of awards to individuals who helped and worked closely with the African-American Affairs office. Songs were sung and poetry was recited as a part of the evening’s entertainment.
“I think it went very well. It was a pretty good success,” Porter said of the evening.