COURTESY OF SANKOFA CULTURAL CENTER
 
On Sunday Feb. 8 2015, Greater St. John Bible Church will celebrate their its pastor, the Rev. Ira J. Acree’s 50th birthday. The festivities will take place during the church’s Sunday morning worship services. February being black history month, Acree will also take the liberty of honoring two outstanding community business personalities. The first is Malcolm Crawford, the executive director of The Austin African American Business Networking Association (AABNA) and the visionary behind the BEER concept (Black Economic Empowerment Rallies). Also being honored is Charmaine Rickette, the proprietor of the multiple site and west side famed Uncle Remus restaurant.
 
“Charmaine has been an exemplary entrepreneur, her business standards and quality should be emulated all across the city. She also gives back to the community and that speaks volumes about her character. ” stated Acree
 
“Malcolm’s advocacy for and passion to see African American business thrive has made a believer out of me. He has committed his life to creating a business district in our city for African Americans, similar to other ethnic groups like Lithuanian Village, China town, Little Italy and Little Village. It’s a privilege to share this very special day with two very worthy modern day African American heroes.” Acree added.
The two community service awards will be presented at the 10:30 am service.
  • What: Pastor Acree’s 50th birthday Celebration and Presentation of Community service awards
  • When: February 8th at 10:30 am
  • Where : Greater St John Bible Church at 1256 N Waller Avenue
For more information call 773-339-8590.