The 19th annual African/African-American Love Feast will honor 13 York residents for their community service.

Time Has Come is the theme of this year's banquet, set for 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at the Holiday Inn Holidome.

African foods, outfits, hair styling, drumming and music will be featured.

Advance tickets may be purchased for $40 for adults and $20 for children until Friday by calling the Emmanuel Church of God in Christ office at 854-1047.

Tickets will be available at the door for $45.

The event began as a way to show concern and solidarity with the plight of Africans and Asians seeking asylum in the United States who were detained in York County Prison, said Dr. Deborah McMillan, the event's organizer.

"We decided it was important to start recognizing people in our community who do wonderful things, who are not always in big corporations or have fancy titles," McMillan said. "We wanted to have a venue to say this person does so much in our community.

"Sometimes organizations can't provide that kind of recognition," she said.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and African attire is not required, but there is usually a fashion march at the end of the event, said McMillan.

"We are very thankful to the York community for their support and we would like them to come out and be a part of it," she said.

The honorees: The 13 honorees for 2013 and the reason they were selected are as follows:


---Attorney Clarence Edward Allen is being honored for his legal and community services.

---Carol Hill-Evans, city council president, will be honored for her political and community services.

---Tanoue-Onishi Sweeney, president of the School District of the City of York Education Support Professional Union, and Deborah Wortham, superintendent of York City schools, are being honored for education and community services.

---Juanita Kirkland, vice president of Kirkland Consulting Inc., and Lawrence Tyler, co-owner of Tyler Brown Photography, will be honored for their business and community services.

---Being honored for their religious and community services are LaContiss Briscoe, music director of York County's Men on a Mission; Deborah McNeil, president of the Marie Generette Missionary Society; Angel Zona Moody, usher president at New Covenant Community Church; Caroline Smith, co-director of the Emmanuel Gospel Steppers and Drum Line; and Pastor LaFawn Wilson, of Shekinah Worship Center.

---Dr. Gracia Etienne, a partner at Orthopaedic and Spine Specialists, is being honored for her medicine and community services.

---Kimberly M. Young, evangelist, is being honored for her social, religious and community services.

-- Reach Chelsea Shank at 505-5432 or cshank@yorkdis