Twelve-year-old Traevon Jones (right) is candidly caught engrossed in the latest copy of The Roanoke Tribune. The young man was at Two Penny’s Salon waiting to get his hair cut and was accompanied by his grandmother (left) who proudly said, “he reads all of the time.” The avid young reader, equipped with both encouragement and a healthy thirst for knowledge, is undoubtedly headed for a bright future and is off to a great start.
A Community Achievement Awards reception will be held in Fitzpatrick Hall of the Jefferson Center on Thursday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m. At this time the Urban Professional League (UPL), in partnership with the Harrison Museum of African American Culture, will acknowledge young professionals who have exhibited qualities of excellence and success in the areas of education, business and community service. Continue reading Reynolds-Marshall to receive C.C. Williams Award
by Blake Barnes, Youth Council president
The Roanoke NAACP Youth Council, which is comprised of over 40 conscientious and active youth from across the valley, has been very active in the community over the past months. The youth meet regularly and have been actively involved with the fight for justice and equal rights.
Recapping some of the activities, beginning in the fall, it was the only youth group in attendance and recognized at CityWorks Xpo 2014. Fighting against injustice, the Council organized a rally for Mike Brown after finding out what happened in Ferguson, MO. They later teamed with the adult Branch of the NAACP in a “March for Justice” as a result of the Mike Brown decision. NAACP youth also teamed up with the Harrison Museum of African American History and Culture in volunteering at the annual Henry Street Festival. Continue reading NAACP Youth Council: Developing a generation of Civil Rights and community leaders
BLACKSBURG – Special Olympics Virginia will be hosting a Regional Basketball Tournament, Sunday, Feb. 22 in Cassell Coliseum at Virginia Tech.
Starting at around 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, the 9,000 seat Coliseum will begin to fill up with passionate competitors and enthusiastic fans from all over the region. Twenty-four Special Olympics teams from throughout Virginia will be competing for a chance to go to the State Championships. Continue reading Volunteer 2 cheer for Special Olympics
Chill seekers needed to participate in Polar Plunge® Winter Fest benefiting Special Olympics Virginia.
In Virginia, we can’t deliver on the dreams of our athletes without enormous community support of the Polar Plunge® Winter Fest, February 28 at Bisset Park in Radford. To date only 23% of the $50,000 event fundraising goal, which supports more than 30,000 athletes and volunteers in Virginia has been met. Together we can create more champions. Continue reading It’s time to freeze your tush at Polar Plunge
You are cordially invited to come and witness William Fleming’s Advanced Theatre Class (WFATC) world premiere production of: Remants of a Broken Past, sponsored by the Harrison Museum, in collaboration with Mill Mountain Theatre.
This heartfelt drama deals with the immorality of the world of Genocides. This new and original theatrical piece written by two members of WFATC, Kayla Saunders and Jazmine Otey, will be performed by the William Fleming High School Advanced Theatre Class. The authoresses were inspired to create this new piece of theatre after experiencing a unit called Theatre of the Holocaust, taught by class instructor and director, Larry Van Deventer. Continue reading Remnants of a Broken Past