Submitted by Collette Bookman
Prince of Peace Catholic Church parishioner and McGill-Toolen Catholic High School senior Mary Olivette Bookman was one of 40 student leaders from across the state chosen for the Alabama Bicentennial Student Advisory Committee.
The committee was formed to give younger voices from all corners of the state the opportunity to step forward and shape the time leading up to Alabama’s official 200th birthday on Dec. 14.
Students have taken over the AL200 Twitter account and have posted short video clips during a one-week period showcasing themselves, their area and what Alabama’s bicentennial means to them.
With November being Black Catholic History Month, Mary Olivette chose to showcase the Black Catholic influence on Mobile County and the state by highlighting Most Pure Heart of Mary Parish and School; the Mobile Area Inter-Parish Council (MAIPC) Annual Gospel Revival and the legacy of the Mobile Area Mardi Gras Association.
Videos highlighting Most Pure Heart of Mary, MAPIC and MAMGA are scheduled to appear on Twitter by Nov. 22.