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Johnson honored at Hatitude

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Pictured with Gwen Johnson (second from left) are her children, LaHoma Johnson, M. Jai Johnson and Jacqueline Johnson.   Photo by Brianna Johnson  Gwen Johnson (left) sits beside Mayor Theresa McShan Feb. 4 in Elgin after McShan presented the Black History Month proclamation and thanked Johnson for her work in the community.   Photo by Brianna Johnson

Black History Month in Elgin began with a salute to a local residentSister Gwendolyn Johnson, Mount Moriah Baptist Church’s first lady, was this year’s honoree at the annual Hatitude event Feb. 4. The event was held at FireWild in ElginHonoring African American traditions, Hatitude refers to the tradition of African American women wearing hats to church. The phrase was created by author Deidre Guion in her book, “Grandma’s Hands.” Elgin’s event featured “Danish delights and hats galore,” according to a press release. Hatitude 2023 was sponsored by Elgin’s municipal government, Community Development and FireWild with the support of the Elgin Sub-District Ministers’ Wives; Mount Moriah Baptist Church’s Sister Angela Ward, president, and the Rev.

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