Throughout the nation the January 15 birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. has been celebrated on the third Monday of January since its official designation as a national holiday. The historic holiday is customarily celebrated with symbolic marches, speeches and other special observances, championed this year with release of the highly acclaimed movie, “Selma” that highlights the life, struggles and ultimate impact of Dr. King’s nonviolent approach to ending the shameful legal treatment of Blacks in the deep south. Continue reading Celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. MLK Jr.
Open Letter to my Community…
Martin D. Jeffrey, Gainsboro Homeowner
I’m willing to bet that many of you reading this letter have had that question posed to you concerning Black history—slavery—and yes, Henry Street. I thought that I might share with you a possible response that you could share with the next person to ask such a simple question. Continue reading “Why is it so important to Yall?”
The Altruist Club of Roanoke hosted its 61st Debutante Ball on Sunday, Dec. 28 in the grand ballroom of the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center. More than 400 people attended the event in which eight area high school young ladies participated.
Aaliyah Shemae Gray, a senior at Northside High School, was crowned 2014 Debutante Queen. She is the daughter of Anthony and Jamay Gray of Roanoke. Her escort was Brian Garnett, son of Paula Garnett of Roanoke. Sponsores for Miss Gray were Dr. Melva Belcher and Liberty Tax Service, Roanoke. Continue reading 2014 Debutante Ball winners announced
by S. Rotan Hale
Not everyone understands the importance of strengthening and supporting others and how critical it is to the development of not only children but people of any age. Then there are those like Peggy Sue Mason, a celebrated educator who not only understands such a dynamic but continues to be empowered through her efforts to teach and encourage others. Continue reading A salute to a “consummate educator” at 80 years old
The Roanoke Chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) will host the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Banquet on Friday, Jan. 16, at 6:30 p.m. The location is Holiday Inn Valley View, 3315 Ordway Drive, N.W. The banquet speaker will be Dr. Wornie Reed, Ph.D. Continue reading SCLC to host Annual Banquet