The Duval County Retired Educators Association held their Annual Multicultural Celebration at the Mary Singleton Senior Center on February 4th. The theme for the program was “Capturing Our Past, Preserving Our Future”. The annual program supports cultural diversity and ethnicity. Each year the seniors at Mary Singleton await the program’s diverse message and the opportunity to reflect on the past and dialogue on the current cultural changes in Jacksonville and throughout the country. Jacksonville native and renowned Civil Rights Movement Activist and Author Rodney L. Hurst, Sr. presided as the Master of Ceremony. Hurst delivered powerful comments to the audience regarding the civil rights movement and his journey as a celebrated author. International Opera Artist and Singer Hugh Kash Smith accompanied by Cedric Lewis, serenaded the audience with Aria, an operatic music, an original and expressive melody. The audience was charmed with piano solos, while students from LaVilla School of the Arts and The Jacksonville Center of the Arts danced a theatrical representation of classical work and contemporary styles. Finalizing the program was Sandra English, President of the Duval County Retired Teachers Association, “Each year the program expands into a diverse cultural experience for the seniors at the center and individuals that come to the center for the program. The DCREA will continue to spread diversity and create a atmosphere of inclusion for all Americans.” The Duval Country Retired Educators Association is a group of retried African-American Teachers dedicated to quality education for students in the Duval County School District. Pictured l-r are program participants Johnestine Daigeau, Hugh Kash Smith, Elaine Lowry, Cedric Lewis, Casey James, Rodney L. Hurst, Sr., Sandra English (DCREA Pres.), Atlantis Taylor and members of Andrew Jackson High School ROTC Color Guard.