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“J. Ernest Wilkins, Jr. – Prominent Mathematician and Physicist”

by Wornie Reed, Ph.D.
Director, Race and Social Policy, Professor, Sociology & Africana Studies, Virginia Tech

As we join the chorus of people trying to push more African-Americans into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields of study let us not assume that African-Americans have not pursued these fields in the past. More than a few have done so, and some have done so with significant distinction.

One such person was J. Ernest Wilkins, Jr. Let us recognize this outstanding scientist during this Black History Month. Continue reading “J. Ernest Wilkins, Jr. – Prominent Mathematician and Physicist”

Maceo recreates the magic of Ray Charles at Jefferson Center

Maceo Parker on stage at the Jefferson Center. – Photos by S. Hale

by S. Rotan Hale

Anyone who has experienced (and it is an experience) the movie ‘Ray’ and how actor Jamie Fox totally captured the essence and spirit of the great Ray Charles, can attest to Fox’s superior portrayal of the blind maestro who died in 2004.

However, sitting in the Jefferson Center and listening to Maceo Parker recreate the magic that was Ray Charles, was something truly spectacular. Continue reading Maceo recreates the magic of Ray Charles at Jefferson Center

TAP’s Annual Black History Month celebration and luncheon

Total Action for Progress (TAP) will hold its annual Black History Month celebration at 10 a.m on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 1 Mountain Ave. in SW.

This event will be a celebration of African American culture featuring entertainment, guest speakers, and an awards ceremony, followed by a soul food luncheon and is free and open to the public. Those planning to attend are asked to register before February 15 by calling 540-283-4866. Continue reading TAP’s Annual Black History Month celebration and luncheon

EMBODI Mentees inspired by Divine Nine Guest Speakers

The EMBODI (Empowering Males to Build Opportunities for Developing Independence) mentoring group, sponsored by the Roanoke Chapter Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. met Wednesday, Feb. 7, at Woodrow Wilson Middle School. Three members of the Divine Nine (9 historically Black Greek letter organizations that make up the National Pan-Hellenic Council, served as speakers for Black History Month. Continue reading EMBODI Mentees inspired by Divine Nine Guest Speakers