Photos by Sharon Renee Fields and Sherri L. Jackson
Enjoy these photos from the Inauguration Celebration held at St. Matthew Baptist Church in Boyce. Almost 200 students from schools in Rapides Parish attended through the guidance of the Rev. Joe S. Green, who asked Superintendent Gary Jones to allow students participating an excused absence.
The day included speeches, singing, workshops and good food. In order to be excused from class, students had to attend all of the program from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Sibal Holt, owner of S. Holt Construction and a longtime civil rights activist, was the keynote speaker. Rodney Cole, a local musician, sang a song he wrote in recognition of Barack Obama’s win to become the 44th president of the United States.
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