B.E.L.L. host inaugural Summer Social

Members of the Black Economic Leadership League of Rock Hill hosted the Inaugural Summer Social

Guest enjoying food at the B.E.L.L. Summer Social

Summer is the perfect time to spend time with old friends and make new friends.  Since good times with friends ‘outdoors’ and bar-b-que are essential to summer, on a beautiful Saturday evening in July, the B.E.L.L. Advisory Council invited a few local influencers in the Black community out for an old school back yard party at the home of Johnny and Felicia Allen.  B.E.L.L.’s check list for a good time included food, fun, fellowship, friends, music and Barbara Ervin’s famous honeybun cake for dessert.

The B.E.L.L. Summer Social was an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of optimism surrounding the growth of the city of Rock Hill – Knowledge Park, the Riverwalk Community and the Rock Hill Events and Sports Center.  This was our chance to toast our city and the dialogue around how Black business owners, pacesetters in our community and leaders of the Divine Nine could collaborate to serve as resources for the City and advocates for the Black Community.  In addition to business owners, there were educators, attorneys, bankers, realtors, radio executives, corporate professionals, current college students and recent college graduates, retirees, those interested in political office and just hard working engaged citizens who want to work together to help ensure equitable distribution of city resources and leadership opportunities.  

Freeman Burns, President of Kappa Alpha Psi Rock Hill Alumni Chapter was in attendance and commented, “I enjoyed the interaction and engagement with business owners from various industries and backgrounds.  What a great evening to socialize and engage one another around the growth of Rock Hill while appreciating some good old fashion South Carolina bar-b-que.” 

The B.E.L.L. Backyard Party was the place to be in Rock Hill that Saturday night.  There was lots of laughter in the air, hugs to go around and some chatter about whether Magic Johnson could convince LeBron James to take his talents to Los Angeles.  Of course, Cam Newton and the upcoming Panthers season was also a topic of conversation for Rock Hill natives who support everything Carolinas. Edwina Roseboro, Assistant Vice President for Human Resource for York Technical College and member of the Parks, Recreation and Tourism Commission was also excited to join us and said, “the Summer Social was a phenomenal opportunity for people with like attitudes, mindsets and spirits to connect.  I have lived in Rock Hill all of my life and found that there were new people in Rock Hill that I had not met.  It felt good to connect with people who want to be a part of moving Rock Hill forward.”

During the evening, the B.E.L.L. Advisory Committee members shared B.E.L.L.’s vision, mission and objectives and gave a call to action for others in attendance to join them.  Iris Hubbard, Director of the ROC (Renew Our Community) said, “it was very empowering to know that there are like-minded people in Rock Hill who want to have a voice and give something back to members of our community who haven’t yet found their voice.  As a Rock Hill native I am so encouraged and looking forward to engaging more with BELL.”

No back yard party is complete without a little Maze and Frankie Beverly, Earth Wind and Fire, R. Kelly, Bruno Mars, and Beyoncé’ playing in the background.  Heads were bobbing to the sounds provided by Jeremy Allen with ‘DJ Level’ entertainment, a proud graduate of Rock Hill High and a South Carolina Gamecock.  That’s not to say that the Clemson Tigers or South Carolina State Bulldogs and Winthrop Eagles were not represented.  Recent Winthrop graduate and Public Outreach and Community Coordinator Tadean Page said, ‘the Summer Social was a great opportunity to build intergenerational connectedness in our community while enjoying some roasted corn and Cardi B.  Who could ask for more on a summer night?” 

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