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Delta May Week honors community supporters

Seated l to R: Honorees Diane Speaks, Ruth Claytor,  Diane Jones president, Shawn Spencer and Irene Bethel.
Seated l to R: Honorees Diane Speaks, Ruth Claytor, Diane Jones president, Shawn Spencer and Irene Bethel.

The Deltas in the Roanoke Alumnae Chapter celebrated May Week in grand fashion during the week of May 11- 17, 2015.  Following the theme, “Inspiring a Legacy of Excellence,” the chapter recognized and honored members of the community who made an impact in each of the chapter’s Five Point Programmatic Thrust at the May Week Luncheon on Saturday, May 16. Continue reading Delta May Week honors community supporters

National Association of Parliamentarians new president

Presentation (l-r): Jackie Frith, Gloria Manns, Shelby Hodges, Lynne Victorine, and Marlene Wine.
Presentation (l-r): Jackie Frith, Gloria Manns, Shelby Hodges, Lynne Victorine, and Marlene Wine.

Jackie Frith from Floyd, outgoing President of the Roanoke Valley Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians, presents the gavel to the incoming President, Gloria Manns of Roanoke. Additional officers are Vice President Shelby Hodges of Botetourt, Secretary Lynne Victorine of Roanoke and Treasurer Marlene Wine of Salem.  The Unit will resume its monthly meetings at 10:00 a.m., September – May on the second Friday of the month at the First United Methodist Church in Salem.

People, power and pollution revisited

Oddly enough, following last weeks “alphabetical editorial” on some life-altering H’s, I accidentally (and not by design) find myself again this week dealing with some “Pertinent P’s” as Power, People and Pollution.

Among the most threatening cries of the militant movements of the 60’s was the slogan, “Power to the People!” Of grave concern by many then (as now), especially by those wielding it, was and remains the fear that such power might be abused–Oh really? Continue reading People, power and pollution revisited

As court denies stay of injunction, UCC continues commitment to immigrant justice

Witness.Justice.Jaramillo.webThe United Church of Christ has long supported efforts for commonsense immigration reform that would treat our immigrant brothers and sisters with the equality and dignity they deserve. After leadership in the House of Representatives failed to act in 2013, our clergy and lay leaders joined immigrants to call on President Obama to stop the deportations. Many UCC pastors were even part of a civil disobedience action in front of the White House. We were proud to be a part of such a historic victory last November when the President announced his executive actions on immigration that would provide relief from deportation for an estimated 5 million undocumented people. Continue reading As court denies stay of injunction, UCC continues commitment to immigrant justice

Local NAACP program reflects community’s efforts in action

Banquet speaker decries Congressman Bob Goodlatte

Keynote Banquet speaker Sharon Lettman-Hicks delivers a rousing address at the 17th Annual NAACP Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet Friday, May 22. – photos by S. Rotan Hale
Keynote Banquet speaker Sharon Lettman-Hicks delivers a rousing address at the 17th Annual NAACP Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet Friday, May 22. – photos by S. Rotan Hale

by S. Rotan Hale

The Roanoke Branch NAACP held its 17th Annual Citizen of the Year Awards banquet Friday, May 22 at Tanglewood Holiday Inn. Journalist Brie Jackson, of WSLS 10 served as emcee for the well-attended affair that recognizes a host of area individuals and organizations for their achievements and contributions on various levels.

In a somber tone, Mayor David Bowers, focused his opening remarks on the current, racially charged, civil unrest resulting from incidents involving excessive force by police nationwide. Continue reading Local NAACP program reflects community’s efforts in action