BY JIMMIE WILLIAMS
APOPKA – This is what Commissioner Alexander Smith had to say about this year’s event: “This was the 3rd year Apopka has observed Florida Emancipation Day. This year’s celebration went from the steps of City Hall to the Alonzo Williams Park and Billie Dean Community Center. Commissioner Alexander Smith is thankful to the City of Apopka for their continued support. The reading of the Emancipation Day Proclamation by Commissioner Alexander H. Smith on the steps of City Hall and read at the event by Mayor Bryan Nelson accompanied by Commissioners, Nick Nesta, Diane Valequez and Alexander H. Smith. With the assistance of ZnL Productions, this year’s celebration was spectacular. We were able to highlight historical contributions of African Americans with the assistance of Ms. Francine Boykins and Mr. Buffalo Soldiers. Local talent was showcased with DJ Willie C providing music, Ms. Monique R. Morris serving as MC for the day. For the 3rd year an outstanding recital by Mia Moise & Kylie Ransom. Great performance Ms. Naomi Joy, poet Shawn Welcome and historical facts of Emancipation Day by the Buffalo Soldiers. We appreciate all the vendors who helped to make this celebration special. The support from the community that came out and weathered the heat and the rain did not go unnoticed, thank you, thank you! Mark your calendar for next year Emancipation Day May 18, 2024.” This is what I, Jimmie Williams, have to say: “Don’t Meet Me There, Beat Me There!”.