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Event to honor Deacon Roberts in St. Petersburg

ST. PETERSBURG — The African American Historical Society of St. Petersburg and members of the Roman Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg have organized an "Evening of Tribute to Deacon Lionel Roberts" of Blessed Trinity Catholic Church.

The event will honor Roberts, 89, the first director of Black Catholic Ministries in the diocese. He is credited with such accomplishments as helping to establish the James B. Sanderlin Neighborhood Family Center in Midtown and the Mother and Child Center for pregnant teenagers and their children.

The testimonial dinner will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 22, at the St. Petersburg Country Club, 2000 Country Club Way S. The cost is $35 for individuals and table sponsorships are $400. RSVP by Saturday. Contact Effie S. Alexander, (727) 895-1205, or Bernie Young at bernie@bernieyoung.com or (727) 480-2883.

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