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Mount Vernon Native Darin A. Kent Elected Chief Communication Officer Of The A.M.E. Zion Church

Mount Vernon — Mount Vernon native Darin A. Kent as been elected the Chief Communications Officers of the entire African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church and the Editor-In-Chief of the Star Of Zion Newspaper, Friday, July 30th at the General Conference in Georgia.

“Today I was confirmed by the 51st session of the A.M.E. Zion General Conference as the Chief Communications officer of the A.M.E. Zion Church,” Kent shared with Black Westchester. “God’s Grace is the only reason I am able to work in this capacity for His people. He’s provided me with the gifts, and I made it my business to honor Him by using these talents to bless the people of God through the A.M.E. Zion Church. I know I have much to still learn and a lot of work ahead of me. It’s a tall order and that I’m ready to fulfill because everything I am is because of Him.”

Darin Kent – born and raised in Mount Vernon – was the Former Multimedia Director of Greater Centennial A.M.E. Zion Church in Mount Vernon from September 2007 to July 2016. Kent went on to serve as the Director of Communications of the Mid Atlantic Episcopal District until his new appointment as the Chief Communications Officer of the A.M.E. Zion
denomination. The appointment also makes him the Editor-In-Chief of the Star Of Zion Newspaper, the longest running African-American Newspaper.

In 1876 the Star of Zion, was founded as official newspaper of the A.M.E. Zion Church. It was established to provide news and information on events in local churches, district and annual conferences, evangelistic efforts, educational meetings, and ecumenical participation. Since 1894 the organ has been published in Charlotte, which also is the home of the AME Zion Publishing House. Throughout its more than 145-year history, the Star of Zion has advocated greater citizenship rights and educational and economic opportunities for African-Americans, who, the church teaches, carry much of the responsibility for their own progress.

Darin Kent appeared on Episode 7 of Black Westchester’s People Before Politics Radio Show on September 21, 2014 with Osiris Imhotep (founder of the Mt. Vernon Film Festival) to discuss and promote the first annual Mount Vernon Film Festival took place September 25-28, 2014 at the Dole Center on Mount Vernon.

This article originally ran in the July/August 2021 7-Year-Anniversary issue of Black Westchester Newspaper and was revised for Black Westchester Magazine.

38-year-old Darin A. Kent is also the President and CEO of LLC, a full service multimedia company that specializes in video, photography and editing services for over 15 years. Founded in the church. Kent also worked as a substitute teacher in the Mount Vernon City School District from November 2006 – April 2007. Born youngest son of the late John Kent and Elizabeth ‘Bibi’ Kent and younger brother of Valerie and Warren Kent and the husband of Nina Kent, and father of two daughters 7-year-old Mack and 2-year-old Maia.


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