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Great Expectations

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by Sandy Sorensen, director of UCC’s Washington, DC, office

After a long year of divisive, partisan gridlock in Washington, conventional wisdom might steer us toward caution and skepticism in assessing the prospects for the new 114th Congress. And with difficult, contentious issues before us, it feels like a mighty steep uphill climb. The record low voter turnout in last November’s midterm election certainly reflects the disillusionment and frustration of the American public with congressional inaction. Continue reading Great Expectations

Pastor ignites MLK message

Rev. Lee: I’m on the path to become a dangerous Negro!
Rev. William Lee, pastor, Loudon Ave. Christian Church delivers an impassioned speech at the annual NCA&T Breakfast honoring the life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.   photos by S. Hale
Rev. William Lee, pastor, Loudon Ave. Christian Church delivers an impassioned speech at the annual NCA&T Breakfast honoring the life of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. photos by S. Hale

by S. Rotan Hale

All things considered, this year’s Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration sponsored by North Carolina A&T State University Alumni Association was unequivocally one for the books.

In the spirit of the slain civil rights icon, organization president Gale Graves set the opening tone, “Dr. King challenged us whether we are Black or White–no matter what religion we practice because we are more alike than we are different. His dream of America was a dream for America…that he fought and died for.” Continue reading Pastor ignites MLK message

Local SCLC continues two-tiered MLK observance

SCLC President Pernella Chubb Wilson and Vice President Bishop Edward Mitchell congratulate Jeff May, one of several recipients of the Drum Major for Justice Award.   photos by S. Hale
SCLC President Pernella Chubb Wilson and Vice President Bishop Edward Mitchell congratulate Jeff May, one of several recipients of the Drum Major for Justice Award. photos by S. Hale

by S. Rotan Hale & Shawn Nowlin

As many across the nation honor the legacy of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. through the federal holiday designated on the 3rd Monday in January, the Roanoke Chapter Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) continues its tradition to actively participate. “The Struggle Continues for Justice,” was the theme for the 20th annual banquet held Friday, Jan. 16 at Valley View Holiday Inn which was the first of the organization’s two annual observances.  The affair typically draws a sizable crowd (approx 250) and this year was no exception. Continue reading Local SCLC continues two-tiered MLK observance

New Horizons Healthcare opens dental clinic

Eileen Lepro, executive director, New Horizons Healthcare, Mayor David Bowers, Councilman Bill Bestpitch, Rev.William Lee and Lee Wilham join in as the ribbon is cut to the new dental clinic at the facility on Melrose Ave.   photos by S. Hale
Eileen Lepro, executive director, New Horizons Healthcare, Mayor David Bowers, Councilman Bill Bestpitch, Rev.William Lee and Lee Wilham join in as the ribbon is cut to the new dental clinic at the facility on Melrose Ave.      photos by S. Hale

by Shawn Nowlin

On its surface the basic idea of every city in America having affordable dental care available to all residents seems like it would be a foregone conclusion. At its core the issue is much more complicated. Reports show that nearly” half of adults living in Roanoke have not been to a dentist in over two years.” In many other Virginia areas those percentages are much higher. Whether it is because of a lack of funds or knowledge, the numbers are high and are cause for change. Continue reading New Horizons Healthcare opens dental clinic