SIKESTON - The Daughters of Sunset will celebrate their 21st anniversary on March 5 with a dinner and celebration at the Elks Lodge. Guest speaker will be Dr. Anthony Garnett Green, local minister, author and civil rights activist.
The son of Bishop Charlie and Opal P. Green, Green said God has been central to his life. Just a few years after he was born, Green struggled with excessively high fevers and was eventually diagnoses with meningitis. "God miraculously healed me," he said. "It was evident that the call of God was on my life."
He said his passion for God, ministry and community began at a young age. "My father inspired me at a young age with his power, dedication and thrust for God," he recalls. It was from this example that at age 4, he could be spotted preaching around the coffee table in the Green family home
Green said his career of community service began as a teen in Sikeston. He co-founded the first African-American owned newspaper, "The African American Informant." He subsequently became president of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People of the Sikeston Area, which then led him to national prominence within the NAACP and the Southeast Missouri area.
The minister holds an associated of applied science degree in electronics, engineering and technology, a bachelor's degree in divinity, master's degrees in theology and divinity in Christian counseling and a doctorate degree in theology.
He founded Rhema Word Breakthrough International Ministries in October 1998, a multi-racial congregation. Rhema Word is currently developing several projects which include an early childhood education center and book store.
Green has appeared as a guest on "Perspectives," on KFVS-12, has been interviewed on several occasions by area wide media and was honored by the U.S. Department of Justice with the Community Relations Award as a national honoree at the first Symposium on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C. The Daughters of Sunset presented him with a Community Service Award and Missouri Senate Resolution No. 1416. He also received a certificate of recognition from the U.S. House of Representatives, special recognition for Outstanding Community Service from Weed and Seed, special recognition for Outstanding Leadership from the NAACP and key to the City of Sikeston.
Green's current projects include assisting the Community Counseling Center of Cape Girardeau and state African-American Task Force on mental health to bring awareness to African-American health issues and aid agencies in reaching African-Americans. His first book is currently being published and is expected to be released by April.
He and his wife, Vanissa, have two children, Anthony T. Green II and Azaryah G. Green.
Chartered in August 1986, the Daughters of Sunset provides community service to help those in need.
A proclamation signed recently by Sikeston Mayor Mike Marshall states: "This organization has provided several services to the community in Sikeston such as helping school children in need, cleaning a cemetery, clearing vacant lots, helping senior citizens, giving a $1,000 scholarship to an eligible high school student each year, supporting various civic organizations and assisting victims of fire and stranded travelers."
The dinner begins with a social hour at 6:30 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 349 Dona St. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Cost is $20 per person and tickets are available from any member of the organization.
For more information about the anniversary celebration, call Jessie Lane, president, at 471-2009.