Prolific saxophonist returns for Dumas benefit

Adrian Crutchfield shows off at Leap for Legacy concert

 by Jazmine Otey

“I came here to make a statement and defend my home. When anybody threatens my home—I come home,” famed saxophonist Adrian Crutchfield said to the sizeable crowd at the “Leap” for Legacy Concert held Saturday evening (7/1) outside the historic Dumas Hotel on 1st Street downtown (aka the Yard).

The concert, however, wasn’t just any show but a benefit to save and preserve the historical and culturally important hotel.

The building, currently owned by Total Action for Progress, has been up for sale for several months and could potentially disconnect much of the Black community from the rich history it holds. Continue reading Prolific saxophonist returns for Dumas benefit

Brown Foundation announces first scholarship recipient

Foundation board members with Anderson family from left: Donald Peery, Mr. Anderson, Cassidy Anderson, Byron Hamlar, Mrs. Anderson, John Goss, and Frances Brown.

The Dr. Beth A. Brown Science Foundation is pleased to announce its first scholarship recipient, Cassidy J. Anderson of Franklin County High School and Roanoke Valley Governor’s School where Beth attended during her junior year while a student at William Fleming High School. Cassidy plans on pursuing physics and engineering in the fall where she will be attending James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. Best wishes to Cassidy!

AKA and Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day

AKA members from left: Marylen Harmon, Charysse Hairston, Lenora Haley, Pam Edwards, Carla Shepherd, Clarissa Nash, Cleo Kitt, Angela Penn.

On June 21, members of Beta Chi Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., visited Our Lady of the Valley senior living community in observance of the Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day™ awareness activities. Chapter members visited with residents, made crafts, and shared a snack. Continue reading AKA and Alzheimer’s Association Longest Day

Goodwill Briefs…

Free Cooking Classes
Goodwill is hosting a series of free cooking classes this summer at the Growing Goodwill Pavilion (at the corner of 24th Street and Salem Turnpike), with volunteer Mary Souder planning and teaching the classes. Mary has a lot of experience showing people how to use fresh food in creative, healthy ways, and we’re excited that she’ll be sharing her wisdom with us this summer! She also teaches food-related classes at different branches of the Roanoke Public Libraries.

Gardening with Goodwill and Cooking Too!
A garden can be many things, and the Growing Goodwill Community Garden is all of them. Whether by design or happenstance, it is a dynamic mix of people, place and things growing together in an environment that nourishing and caring. Continue reading Goodwill Briefs…

“America’s high destiny” revisited

It has been wisely stated, “The transformation of a whole nation ultimately depends on the initiative and change of character of the individuals who comprise it.”

In retrospect, what nation on earth harbors more racial, national, cultural and religious diversity than this comparatively new American nation–when compared with others hundreds (if not thousands) of years its superior in age. Continue reading “America’s high destiny” revisited