A surprise musical tribute was held on Sunday, May 5 at Goler Memorial A.M.E. Zion Church for Dorothy C. Allen and Evelena Clayborn.
The women were surprised by the event and overwhelmed by the adulation they received from their families, friends, associates and pastors.
Both women are heavily involved in their churches. Allen is a member of Goler Memorial; Clayborn belongs to First Baptist Church on Highland Avenue.
Goler Pastor Dr. George C. Banks served as the master of ceremonies. The Prison Ministry and Cathedral Choirs led Praise and Worship, while selections were rendered by the Goler Male Chorus, Ann Little, Betty Bowman, The Morrow Family and The Allen Family. A crowd of more than 300 packed the sanctuary, which was filled with red, red and more red, as everyone was asked to wear the color.
A special poem written by Kelita Samone Dickey, Allen’s granddaughter and Clayborn’s grand niece, was given to the ladies as a gift of love from their families. After the service, dinner was served in the Goler Enrichment Center.