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Local Motorcycle Clubs attends charity parade in North Carolina

Local motorcycle club members, Demare Gill, Sr., Mike Wells, and Troy Tinsley of Roanoke joined other Masonic Riders Motorcycle Club Chapters from Woodbridge, and Norfolk, VA; Maryland, North Carolina; Augusta, GA and Star Lite Riders in a charity parade to raise money and awareness for the Masonic orphan children in Oxford, NC. All are pictured standing around North Carolina’s Grandmaster, Toby Fence (pictured seated centered in white shirt).

Local Juneteenth celebration continues to educate and entertain

Attendees in Juneteenth food line.
Attendees in Juneteenth food line.

by Shawn Nowlin

Consider this: just sixty five years ago African Americans were not allowed to vote, were subjected to the worst kinds of racism and endured unimaginable conditions as slaves all across the country from the 1600s to around 1865.

It is an undeniable fact that as individuals among the most persecuted in the history of this nation, African Americans have experienced inconceivable odds, adversity and obstacles untold.

Juneteenth, typically celebrated in the US on June 19, commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the US. Furthermore it signaled the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the confederate south. Continue reading Local Juneteenth celebration continues to educate and entertain

Roanoke Chapter of The Girl Friends, Inc. awards scholarships

Recipiant and committee - from left: Pat Henry, scholarship co-chair; Janice Burks, chapter president; Sierra Brown, recipient; and Thelma Haynesworth, scholarship co-chair.
Recipiant and committee – from left: Pat Henry, scholarship co-chair; Janice Burks, chapter president; Sierra Brown, recipient; and Thelma Haynesworth, scholarship co-chair.

Sierra Brown, a 2015 graduating senior of William Fleming High School, is recipient of the annual Roanoke Chapter of The Girl Friends, Inc. Scholarship. Sierra, who plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University and major in Mass Communications, received a $500 scholarship award. She is the daughter of Marcus and Celeste Brown of Roanoke. Sierra was also one of 10 recipients of the 2015 National Girl Friends Fund Scholarship and will receive the $1,500 Gwendolyn J. Johnson Scholarship which is renewable annually for four years, provided she maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA. Continue reading Roanoke Chapter of The Girl Friends, Inc. awards scholarships