The Greene County Children’s Policy Council (CPC) through its SPOT Program (Strategically Preparing Out Teens) honored six individuals who played strategic roles in the Civil Rights Movement in Greene County. The honorees and their student presenters were: Mrs. Johnnie Ella Williams, presented by Jamia Jackson, Jamar Jackson, and JaMarcus Jackson; Mrs. Ninnia Jo Hutton (posthumously), presented by Victoria Jones and Talia Hawkins; Mrs. Annie Knox, presented by Courtney Davis; Mr. George ‘Boy’ Perry, presented by Ivan Peebles and DeMarius Cockrell; Mrs. Marie Perry Hines, presented by Elijah Isaac and Gabriella Walker; and Mr. Raymond (Mank) Powell (posthumously), presented by Jorien Reeves and Jamaiyah White.
The Trailblazers program is an annual event begun in 2009 by CPC through a grant from the Black Belt Community Foundation and has continued since then. In preparation for the event, the SPOT students interview the perspective honorees and/or their family members and write their individual stories. This is a unique experience for young people to learn local history and the key players who affected social and political change in the county and the region.
Other program participants included: Prelude Music by Nigel Speights; Welcome by Makayla Farrow, Meditation by LaTaursa Jones, Occasion by Sara Hawkins, Musical Selections by Wanda Hawkins, Closing Remarks by Judge Lillie Jones Osborne and Benediction and Blessing of Food by Rev. James E. Carter.