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The Roanoke Chapter of The Links and Serenity Funeral Home, Inc. partner to support “Meals for Heroes”

Presentation – From left: Carolyn Patterson, President Roanoke Chapter of The Links, William B. Hopkins, Jr., Esquire, Connie B. Steele of Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Service and Lutheria Smith, Parliamentarian of The Roanoke Chapter of The Links and coordinator of efforts to support local heroes.

The Roanoke Chapter of The Links and Serenity Funeral Home and Cremation Service have partnered to support project “Meals for Heroes. The group will provide meals to the healthcare providers on the frontline battling the novel Coronavirus disease. The program is being sponsored by The Roanoke Law Association and The Shenandoah Club Members, with meals prepared by The Roanoke Shenandoah Club. Continue reading The Roanoke Chapter of The Links and Serenity Funeral Home, Inc. partner to support “Meals for Heroes”

Celebration of Friendship

Mihai DeCarlo Johnson and Paul Anderson Banks

Celebration of a life long friendship and 50th year reunion for Bluefield State College, May 2020.

Paul and I have been friends since we were 6-years-old, first grade students attending Roanoke’s Harrison Elementary School. Later attending Booker T. Washington Jr. High-Class of 1962 and graduating from Lucy Addison High School-Class of 1966.

We are also celebrating our 50th year of graduation from Bluefield State College (class of 1970) where we were roommates and friends.

Commencement 2020 was one for the Hokie history books!

Hokies celebrate graduates with watch parties, virtual cheers, and special online guests
Anchor Woman – Hoda Kotb, alumna and co-host and co-anchor of the “TODAY” show on NBC News, delivered a special message to graduates.

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For the first time ever, Virginia Tech leaders, celebrity alumni, a sports icon, and a dancing HokieBird appeared virtually across computer and mobile screens everywhere to confer degrees and salute the Class of 2020! Virginia Tech’s May 15 commencement ceremony was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic. At the start of the 6:30 p.m. event on Friday, May 15, Virginia Tech President Tim Sands addressed the graduates as he stood behind a podium in Lane Stadium where spring commencement typically is held. Continue reading Commencement 2020 was one for the Hokie history books!

104th Ferrum College Commencement held virtually

On Saturday, May 9, a day usually filled with activity, excitement, and crowds of family and friends, the Ferrum College campus was brilliantly sunny, chilly, and quiet.

At 10:00 a.m., the College began its 104th commencement ceremony during which 199 seniors from 14 different states were honored during a ceremony that was streamed online. The College was forced to postpone its traditional in-person graduation event due to the novel coronavirus. Although the delivery was different the commencement exercises remained generally the same. Continue reading 104th Ferrum College Commencement held virtually

Local NAACP on Arbery murder

It was following the race riots in Springfield of 1908 that “the Call” was issued in 1909 to a group of progressive whites and blacks that in turn led to the creation of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). The Springfield riots were in no way an isolated occurrence. They were merely the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. The riots took place in a national culture of oppressive racism and lynching. The stated mission of this new organization was “to secure the political, educational, social, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.” Continue reading Local NAACP on Arbery murder

Rasoul urges churchgoers and choirs against singing

Delegate Sam Rasoul of Roanoke urges churchgoers and other choirs not to sing in choir stands or in church after reviewing the data from a recent CDC report released on May 12, that states, “following a 2.5-hour choir practice of the 61 attendees in Washington State there were 32 confirmed and 20 probable Coronavirus cases! The transmission was likely facilitated by close proximity during practice and augmented by the act of singing. Continue reading Rasoul urges churchgoers and choirs against singing