ROCKINGHAM — The Youth Extravaganza, a part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, took place Saturday night at the Leak Street Education Cultural Center.
All of the events regarding the celebration have been well attended, said steering committee member Curtis Ingram, and this one was no different. For 17 years, the Youth Extravaganza has taken place and anyone from ages 1 to 23 are able to participate. This year continued that tradition with a skit, dancing and lots of singing.
The evening began as Angeline David, of the steering committee, presented the third place awards for the Martin Luther King Jr. poster and essay competitions. Latasha Baker, from Hamlet Middle School, was given a blue ribbon for her poster and Maggie Chambers, from the Ninth Grade Academy, received her ribbon and read her essay aloud for everyone in the auditorium.
As for the talent show that followed, Bruce Stanback, head of the youth committee, was excited for this portion of the celebration and for everyone to see these youth’s talents.
“Tonight is all about entertainment and our youth of Richmond County,” Stanback said.
The whole crowd was entertained throughout the event as audience members sang aloud with the groups on stage, such as the Mt. Zion United Church of Christ Youth Choir, when they sang “My God is Awesome.” Tambourines and piano accompanied the group as they also played along with the Holly Grove Voices of Deliverance, another group made up of youth from surrounding churches.
Carla Patterson left the crowd in silence with her moving praise dance depicting herself giving up everything for the glory of God.
Raven Newton, 10, got the crowd fired up again after she sang “A Change Is Gonna Come.” These performances received arguably the biggest cheers of the night.
“This is an effort to get our young people involved during the Martin Luther King holiday,” Stanback said.