In April I attended the Global Ministries’ gathering of anti-human trafficking activists in Kupang, Indonesia. A group of us went to the airport to join a community as they received the body of a man named Mingus as it was returned from Malaysia. The 40-year old was trafficked some ten years ago and worked in a palm oil plantation there. We were told that, on an average, six coffins of migrant workers or trafficked people arrive every day at different Indonesian airports. The same is true at many Asian airports from which hundreds leave every day in hope of better life. Continue reading Making a difference in small but significant ways
Apple Ridge Farm observes 30-years of educating youth to outdoors
Music from an eclectic line-up of bands rang out over the Blue Ridge Mountains Saturday, June 9 as Apple Ridge Farm (ARF) celebrated the camp’s Homecoming 2018.
John Lewis, son of ARF founder Peter Lewis, presently serves as directer–a position he’s proudly held for two years. Together with his father and help from a host of volunteers, John led the project in efforts to celebrate 30 years of the academic summer camp with a bang. Continue reading Summer Camp celebrates homecoming
by Jazmine Otey and
E.J. Shaw contributor
The Annual Juneteenth Celebration, sponsored by the local Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) took place Saturday, June 9 in Washington Park. The event, held 12-noon-5:30 p.m., featured food vendors, praise dancers, various artists and much more. Continue reading SCLC continues Juneteenth celebration
Janae Y. Williams, who graduated from Elon University in North Carolina on Saturday, May 19 with a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Mathematics and minors in African & African-American and Jewish Studies. She received the Pi Mu Epsilon Research Award in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the dissemination of mathematic research.
Pi Mu Epsilon is the honorary national mathematics society. Janae presented at the 13th Annual Regional Mathematics and Statistics Conference at UNC-Greensboro in November 2017 and at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Central Oklahoma in April 2018. Continue reading Congratulations to the following graduates…
The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR) has announced that it will recognize Roanoke’s Star City Reads initiative with Pacesetter Honors for its work in 2017. Roanoke also received Pacesetter Honors for its efforts in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Roanoke is the only Virginia community to receive the award this year. Continue reading Roanoke receives 4th consecutive “Pacesetter” honor