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The Deacon Board and Youth Department of Universal Ministries Worldwide Assembly will present its sixth annual Citywide Black History Month Celebration and Awards Ceremony on Sunday, Feb. 21, in the church sanctuary at 6:30 p.m.

The church is located at 1927 E. 32nd St.

Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame recipient, Amos Brown, host of WTLC-AM’s “Afternoons with Amos” on Radio One will serve as master of ceremony.

Dr. Susie Jones of Los Angles, founder and pastor of Yahweh’s House of Prayer and Worship, will be this year’s featured speaker. The public is invited to attend.

Each year awards are presented to members of the community by Chief Apostle William Melvin Payne, senior pastor of Universal Ministries Worldwide Assembly.

“The church is proud to announce this year’s recipients and thank them for their positive contributions and support to youth and the Indianapolis community,” Payne said.

Jones has been recognized as one of the most popular female preachers in the Los Angeles area. Her ministry encompasses many facets of preaching, teaching, motivational speaking, revivals and seminars.

In 2004 Jones resigned from her secure corporate job with Southern California Edison after 15 years to obey the “mandate God assigned to her life” and went into full time ministry. She is also an on air radio personality for The International Christian Network, Vice President of The Southern California Gospel Announcers Guild of the Gospel Music Workshop of America and host of the “Talking With Dr. Susie” television show on Time Warner Cable.

Jones has also hosted concerts and recordings for artists such as Lee Williams and the Spiritual Q.C’s, Dorinda Clark-Cole, The Might Clouds of Joy, Denetria Champ, Tim Bishop Brown, and many others.

Her favorite saying is, “God is yet on the throne, he’s yet in control and He yet holds all the power of the world in his hands.”

Community service awards will be given this year to State Rep. Gregory Porter of Indianapolis, Judge Judith Conley, Atty. At Law; David Gadis, president and CEO of Veolia Water Companies North America; Dr. Virginia Cain, President Marion County Health and Hospital Corporation; Attorney Lacy Johnson, Ice Miller Law Firm; Tony Kirkland, executive director of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission; Sam Odle, President/CEO of Clarion Hospitals of Indiana.

A special presentation will also be made to the family of the late WTLC gospel radio personality Deloris “Sugar” Poindexter.

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