A Memorial Day Observance was hosted by American Legion Post 500 (Savannah, GA) at Laurel Grove South Cemetery. Following the event, a Brunch was hosted by American Legion Post 184 (Thunderbolt, GA). Among the attendees were Savannah-area Montford Point Marines Samuel Berksteiner, Sr., Reginald W. Brown and John A. White, Sr. – (MPMA Beaufort, SC Chapter). Local government officials, and hundreds of veterans, their families and friends attended. Dr. Stacy L. Henderson, MPMA National Queen, 2013-15 and Eugene (Gene) Campbell (MPMA Chicago Chapter #2) attended both events. Afterwards, they spent time with their families and friends in the area. (News Source – www.savannahherald.com and www.savannahtribune.com)
Dr. Stacy L. Henderson, Crowned Montford Point Marine Association National Queen a Second Time
• Wednesday, August 20, 2014
After a whirlwind, year-long reign as the MPMA National Queen, 2013-14, Stacy reclaimed the title on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the 49th Annual MPMA National Convention in New Orleans, LA and will continue to reign until August 2015. Clearly dedicated to educating our youth and investing in their futures, she works diligently to raise much needed scholarship funds to give them every possible opportunity to excel. Having benefitted from various military tuition assistance programs and scholarships during her naval career, she has committed herself to giving back so that others may finance their education, as well. In addition, her children’s college education was financed as a result of her naval service. The Montford Point Marines changed the face of the Marine Corps in 1942 when they became the first African-Americans to join, opening the door for others, including her father, to serve in the Corps. She was inspired to follow in his footsteps and served in the Armed Forces – along with several other members of her family.
Stacy is a Life Member of the Chicago Chapter where Mrs. Sharon Stokes-Parry (USMC (Ret) is the Chapter President. Stacy’s Fundraising Campaign was challenging and rewarding; she raised funds for scholarships, the Montford Point Marines Memorial Monument, and several other veteran organizations as well. Her Chicago Chapter Fundraising Campaign Team consisted of: Sponsor – Eugene (Gene) Campbell (USMC Veteran); Campaign Coordinators Paul Knox, Jr. (USMC (Ret) and Mr. Clif Clemons (US Army (Ret); and her Queen Coronation Escort was Original Montford Point Marine Mr. Stanley Porter. The MPMA National Queen Contest Coordinator and Special Projects Officer is Mr. George O. Herring (USMC (Ret) of the MPMA San Diego Chapter. Dr. James T. Averhart, Jr., CWO4, USMC is the National President of the MPMA, Inc.
The National Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit veterans organization established to perpetuate the legacy of the Montford Point Marines. Their current charge is to erect a Memorial Monument for them. Stacy is a Fundraising Participant of the MPMA ‘Friends Asking Friends’ Campaign: www.montfordpointmarines.org. If you would like to donate to the monument fund, you may do so through her online campaign page or through individual and corporate donations, sponsorships, special fundraising programs and events. The National MPMA Monument Fundraising Directors James Carr, MPMA National Vice-President and Houston T. Shinal can be contacted at: Fundraisingdirector@montfordpointmarines.org. Thank you for ‘Preserving the Legacy’ of the Montford Point Marines.
— Savannah Herald
• Wednesday, July 02, 2014
The Daughters of Mary Magdalene sponsored the 6th annual Savannah Juneteenth Festival on Saturday, June 21,
2014 (10am-6pm) in Wells Park. Juneteenth celebrates the liberation of the black race and affords African-Americans an opportunity to rebuild, re-educate, and reclaim our community. The Daughters of Mary Magdalene honor our ancestors and those who epitomize their spirit. The Honorees included Ms. Alfreda Mitchell (posthumously); Jazz Legend Mr. Ben Tucker (posthumously); Mr. Teddy Adams; Mr. E. Larry McDuffie; Mrs. Avis Myles; Travis ‘Chosen’ Jones; Former Harlem Globetrotter Mr. Larry ‘Gator’ Rivers and Dr. Stacy L. Henderson. The guest speaker was Attorney Albert Mitchell.
Honorees gathered at the historical First African Baptist Church on Franklin Square for the Juneteenth Prayer of Peace by Pastor Brian Wilborn. Afterwards, they were transported to Wells Park by limousine (courtesy of Above and Beyond Limousine Service) in a parade processional led by two of Savannah’s Motor Cycle Clubs: On Tha Move and The Presidential Ryderz. Upon arrival at Wells Park, a group of Savannah State University’s Navy ROTC Midshipmen escorted the Honorees to their seats. The festival featured a wide array of food, cultural and educational expressions, and entertainment. The event was coordinated by Ms. Marilyn Jackson and Mr. Ivan Cohen and sponsored by: Coca-Cola; Comcast, E-93 FM Radio Station, National Action Network, United Health Care, International Longshoreman Association (ILA), State Wide Insurance Co., Attorney Albert Mitchell, Dr. Bruce Mitchell, Church’s Chicken and David’s Crabhouse.
Savannah native and retired naval officer, Dr. Stacy L. Henderson, is the Montford Point Marine Association, Inc. National Queen, 2013-14 (MPMA). She hosted a ‘Meet & Greet'; donated school supplies to the children in attendance; and held a fundraiser to benefit the MPMA’s charge to build a Memorial Monument for the Original Montford Point Marines; the first 20,000 African-Americans that served during WWII and trained at the segregated Training Facility – Camp Montford Point – near Camp Lejeune, NC (from 1942-1949). Four of the Congressional Gold Medal recipients are Savannah residents: Mr. Samuel Berksteiner, Mr. Reginald Brown, Rev. Willie Outler and Ret. Lt. John A. White (the last surviving member of Savannah’s First Black Nine Police Officers). Stacy is active in the veteran and civilian communities. In April, She was inducted as a Chicago Defender 50 Women of Excellence–2014. Later this month she will attend the 2014 BET Awards in Los Angeles (Hosted by Chris Rock) and host a Red Carpet VIP After Party following the televised (live) awards show. In October she will attend Savannah’s 12th Annual Spirit of Excellence Business Awards Gala, where she makes her (namesake) Military Leadership Award and Academic Scholarship presentations annually. The Spirit of Excellence Business Awards Gala is produced and directed by Ms. Estelle Mannion, CEO – Stellar Productions Advertising, LLC.
— Savannah Herald
During Black History Month, Savannah native Dr. Stacy L. Henderson, honored the Montford Point Marines by participating in a series of promotional events and fundraisers for the Montford Point Marines Memorial Monument Campaign. Challenging herself, she ran 28 miles – not only to raise awareness but to raise much needed funds (through sponsorships) to erect the Memorial Monument. Continue reading
Savannah Native Crowned National Montford Point Marine Association Queen Savannah’s own Dr. Stacy L. Henderson, has been crowned National Montford Point Marine Association Queen. She is the daughter of the late Staff Sergeant Robert Henderson, Sr., U. S. Marine Corps and the late Mary Scott Henderson. Stacy is a Life Member of the Montford Point Marine Association; Continue reading