YAKIMA, Wash. — Members and friends of a Yakima church will celebrate the many contributions African-American women have made to their communities and their country during a special event this weekend.
Greater Faith Baptist Church will hold a celebration of African-American history at 3 p.m. Sunday at the church, 816 S. Sixth St.
The event, which is open to the public, will feature an hourlong program followed by dinner, said the Rev. Robert Trimble, who is a church member, community activist and a retired pastor of Mount Hope Baptist Church.
“Ester Huey is doing the cooking,” he said of the longtime Yakima community leader.
The guest speaker will be Flora Mundjambi, who grew up under apartheid in Namibia and lives in Yakima.
Mundjambi recently spoke at Stanton Academy in Yakima during a Black History Month program. She discussed her home country’s transition from South African control to independence.
“She wore an African outfit. It was outstanding,” Trimble said.
Along with other speakers, children will read a poem saluting African-American women.
A black history exhibit will also be on display, featuring many items from Trimble’s personal collection.
“I have all that I can get in the church. The church is packed with our history,” he said.
Trimble and Isaiah Freeman-Davison set up more of the history exhibit in the church basement, where events will take place. Books, magazines, posters and photos ringed the room.
The exhibit includes a cotton bedspread Trimble’s great-grandmother crocheted. She was born on March 2, 1865, in Suwanee, Ga., a month before the end of the Civil War. It took her a year to complete.
“My mother gave it to me before she died,” Trimble said.
Magazines and posters on display highlight famous leaders such as Gandhi, Mother Teresa, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, along with others who may not be as well-known, such as Charles Richard Drew, a surgeon and medical researcher who created blood banks.
Trimble has more of his collection on display at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School in Yakima.
“I never throw (anything) away. Everything is history,” he said.
- This story has been updated with the correct last name of Isaiah Freeman-Davison.