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It’s waking-up time

Witness.Justice.Jaramillo.web“Is it waking-up time, Grandma?” I have been asked many questions by my grandkids, but this is one that has stuck with me because of its many potential meanings. In the last few days, it has become increasingly apparent that it is indeed waking-up time for us in this country.

Dylan asked this question as I was trying to rouse him in the early morning as we rushed through preparations for the day ahead. Anyone who has been the caregiver of small children knows that it is counter-productive to abruptly wake them out of a deep sleep. Most of the time, Dylan was pretty pleasant about it. He yawned as his eyes opened widely. He liked seeing the morning sun that promised a new day. Continue reading It’s waking-up time

Local Juneteenth celebration continues to educate and entertain

Attendees in Juneteenth food line.
Attendees in Juneteenth food line.

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Consider this: just sixty five years ago African Americans were not allowed to vote, were subjected to the worst kinds of racism and endured unimaginable conditions as slaves all across the country from the 1600s to around 1865.

It is an undeniable fact that as individuals among the most persecuted in the history of this nation, African Americans have experienced inconceivable odds, adversity and obstacles untold.

Juneteenth, typically celebrated in the US on June 19, commemorates the announcement of the abolition of slavery in the US. Furthermore it signaled the emancipation of enslaved African Americans throughout the confederate south. Continue reading Local Juneteenth celebration continues to educate and entertain

Roanoke Chapter of The Girl Friends, Inc. awards scholarships

Recipiant and committee - from left: Pat Henry, scholarship co-chair; Janice Burks, chapter president; Sierra Brown, recipient; and Thelma Haynesworth, scholarship co-chair.
Recipiant and committee – from left: Pat Henry, scholarship co-chair; Janice Burks, chapter president; Sierra Brown, recipient; and Thelma Haynesworth, scholarship co-chair.

Sierra Brown, a 2015 graduating senior of William Fleming High School, is recipient of the annual Roanoke Chapter of The Girl Friends, Inc. Scholarship. Sierra, who plans to attend Virginia Commonwealth University and major in Mass Communications, received a $500 scholarship award. She is the daughter of Marcus and Celeste Brown of Roanoke. Sierra was also one of 10 recipients of the 2015 National Girl Friends Fund Scholarship and will receive the $1,500 Gwendolyn J. Johnson Scholarship which is renewable annually for four years, provided she maintains a minimum 3.0 GPA. Continue reading Roanoke Chapter of The Girl Friends, Inc. awards scholarships

The Roanoke Chapter Moles to host 65th Annual Conclave

The Roanoke Chapter of the Moles
The Roanoke Chapter of the Moles

Prominent Women from across the Southwest will be hosted by members of the Roanoke Chapter of the Moles, during the 65th National Conclave June 19 – 20, at the Hotel Roanoke Convention and Conference Center. Approximately 500 Moles and their significant others (known as Mules) will be in attendance practicing the group’s motto, “Enjoy Yourself, It’s later than you think.” Continue reading The Roanoke Chapter Moles to host 65th Annual Conclave