These lyrics from “Ella’s Song” written by Bernice Johnson Reagon several years ago ring as true today as they did then. These words painfully remind us that the quest for freedom in this country is slipping through our fingers.
“Until the killing of Black men, Black mothers’ sons is as important as the killing of White men, White mothers’ sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest until it comes.” Freedom from violence and discrimination has not come for Black mothers’ sons. Until that happens, none of us can be safe in a nation that claims freedom as a basic fundamental principle in our democracy. Continue reading ‘We Who believe in Freedom cannot rest’→
The Roanoke NAACP Youth Council will present its 2nd Annual Impactors of Excellence Awards program on Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 5:00 PM at Pilgrim Baptist Church. The youth are extremely excited about recognizing and honoring a set of individuals in the Roanoke Valley who have made a positive impact in their lives and those of today’s youth. Continue reading NAACP Youth Council presents Impactors of Excellence Awards→
While much of America celebrated Black History during February, one group also explored African heritage as a path to better health in the future. On February 24,12 enthusiastic participants from local churches and organizations began a cooking and cultural curriculum based on the premise that inherently healthy foods are common among people in Africa, the Caribbean, South America and the American South. During the next few weeks, the classmates will learn to use those foods, and to incorporate elements of African heritage, to enhance healthier living. The sessions will be held in space donated at its facility by New Horizons Healthcare, Roanoke. Continue reading “FASS” forward to a healthier future→