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A “Best Kept Secret” for 75 Years

Church Women United – Diversity Is Our Strength

One of the best kept secrets in Roanoke is Church Women United in the Roanoke Valley (CWU), a racially, culturally and theologically inclusive ecumenical Christian women’s movement, celebrating unity in diversity and working for a world of peace and justice. In Roanoke, CWU meets five times a year for worship and fellowship. Breaking down barriers requires people to get to know each other. Attending a CWU meeting provides the opportunity to meet and interact with women from different denominations. Continue reading A “Best Kept Secret” for 75 Years

Roanoke Valley Jack and Jill Chapter Culminates Year

2018-2019 RVJJ at Loudon Avenue Christian Church. Participating teens were: Elijah Lloyd, Grace Penn, London Paige, Tianna Berkel, Kennady Wade, A’aron Wilson, Brianna Wilson, Amin Wimberly, Safiya Wimberly, John-Miller Penn, Jaxson Clarke, Abram Scott, and Alex Royston.

The Roanoke Valley Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. completed several programming initiatives during the 2018 year. Programming included volunteer participation in the annual Henry Street Heritage Festival, celebration of “Carole Robertson Day”, organization of a Financial Literacy Workshop at Virginia Tech and fellowship during the Holiday Ice Skating Social. Continue reading Roanoke Valley Jack and Jill Chapter Culminates Year

The Winter Classic Basketball Challenge returns

The 5TH annual Lea’s High School Winter Classic Basketball Challenge will be held Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019, in Berglund Center Coliseum. Ticket prices are: general admission $10.00/students and are on sale now at Berglund Center Box Office, HomeTownBankTix.com, or by calling 877-HTB-TIXNow. Tickets will also be available the day of the event at the Box Office. Each ticket is good for the entire day. The schedule is as follows: Continue reading The Winter Classic Basketball Challenge returns

Youth activist delivers message of empowerment and awareness

Elijah Coles-Brown speaks at the annual NAACP Jubilee Day Celebration at Loudon Avenue Christian Church on January 1, 2019 — Photos by S. Hale

by S. Rotan Hale

Youth activist and motivational speaker Elijah Coles-Brown delivered a barnstorming message during this year’s NAACP Jubilee Day celebration.

The event was held Tuesday, Jan. 1 before a packed sanctuary at Loudon Ave. Christian Church, pastored by Rev. Anthony L. Holmes who was unable to attend.

“As we march into 2019 lets develop a concept of do more for our youth,” said Brenda Hale, president, local chapter NAACP. Continue reading Youth activist delivers message of empowerment and awareness