NASHVILLE, TN – “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity,” was the scripture Dr. Da’Tarvia Parrish led with as she welcomed over thirty Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) gathered for the 25th National Association of African American Honors Program (NAAAHP) Annual Conference. Dr. Parrish, an Associate Professor of History, Director for the Honors Program at Livingstone College, and Vice President of NAAAHP, traveled to Nashville, Tennessee with two Honors Livingstone College students, senior, Student Government Association President, Kenya Glover (Political Science) and junior, Miss AMEZ Student Council, Jenna Wright (Elementary Education), October 29 – November 1, 2016 for scholarly research, informative workshops, and student-centered academic competitions to include; quiz bowl, debate, paper/poster presentations, and Model African Union. There she was surprisingly delighted to find other Zionites who participated in the conference.
In attendance, Dr. Parrish found President of Hood Theological Seminary, Dr. Vergel Lattimore III, who served as the speaker of the Inspirational Worship Service on Sunday, October 30, and engaged with 53 other companies in the Career Fair and Graduate School Expo on Monday, October 31, 2016. Moreover, Rev. L. Sam Brown, Pastor of Mt. Pleasant (Knoxville, TN), a NAAAHP alumnus, volunteered as a judge for the Debate competition; and to top it off, there too was Amber Douglass, the youngest daughter of Rev. Craig W. Douglass, Presiding Elder of the Rochester-Syracuse District in the Western New York Conference.
Amber, a junior at Hampton University (Speech-Language Pathology) presented research on how the psychological ideas of nature and nurture affect a child’s speech development, while Jenna Wright of Livingstone College performed in the Honors Got Talent competition receiving a standing ovation for her dramatic rendition of a monologue, “You Don’t Live on My Street.” Once the two ladies saw each other. They were inseparable. Amber, a member of Gilmerton Star (Chesapeake, VA) and Jenna, a member of St. Paul (Salisbury, MD) actions echoed remnants of the Psalm of David Dr. Parrish stated at the beginning of the conference.
It was indeed great and pleasant to dwell and fellowship with Zionities in a place outside of the Zion atmosphere. In the end, the personality of Zion Methodism shown bright and all of its members found themselves connected, great, and pleasant.