Category Archives: Archive News

COVID-19 Community Weeklies

Dr. Cynthia Morrow

by Cynthia Morrow, MD, MPH

As director of the Roanoke City & Alleghany Health Districts (RCAHD), I am extremely proud of the work our staff has done to vaccinate thousands of our citizens each week. With partners such as Carilion Clinic, our federally qualified health centers, and local retail pharmacies, well over 20,000 frontline essential workers and older residents have now received at least one dose of vaccine through RCAHD partnership clinics. Continue reading COVID-19 Community Weeklies

Panel discussion takes on insurrection

Harrison Museum Zoom conversation focuses on America’s ‘BIG’ issue

by Shawn Nowlin

On January 28, Roanoke’s Harrison Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) hosted a virtual conversation titled “The Insurrection in Black and White.” A variety of topics including law enforcement accountability and the juxtaposition of the treatment of white insurrectionists versus peaceful marchers involved in Black Lives Matter, were broached in intricate detail by a panel of four: Virginia Delegate Sam Rasoul; Matt Chittum, journalist; Leslie King, CEO at Black in Burg; and Idella Glenn, Associate Vice President for Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact at the University of Southern Maine. Continue reading Panel discussion takes on insurrection

Prominent community servant and visionary John Lewis, 37 passes

Lewis followed his father Peter Lewis as Apple Ridge Farm director
John Lewis

Having an array of experiences packed in a few short years. John Russell Faulkner Lewis, 37 passed away on Sunday, Jan. 24.

He lived and breathed environmental sustainability, racial and social justice reform, and a love of the outdoors. Many significant things stand out in defining this social and racial justice advocate, community leader, and Renaissance Man! Continue reading Prominent community servant and visionary John Lewis, 37 passes

Barbara Johns: The Story Behind the Statue

Salem Museum Speaker Series

Virtual Event Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 pm

Barbara Johns

A statue of Barbara Johns will soon be installed in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda, joining George Washington in representing Virginia. Cameron Patterson, executive Director of the Robert Russa Moton Museum https://motonmuseum.org/, will be the Salem Museum’s featured speaker on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 7 pm. He will share Johns’ story and the crucial role she played in bringing an end to segregated schools. This virtual talk is free, open to the public, and will be held via Zoom. The link will be posted on the Salem Museum’s web site on the day of the talk, https://salemmuseum.org/ Continue reading Barbara Johns: The Story Behind the Statue

Roanoke partnership launches new Farm to School Program with Roanoke City Public Schools

From school gardens to farm field trips and local food on cafeteria trays, farm to school programs help children learn where food comes from and how to make healthier choices while creating new markets for local and regional farmers. Although some traditional farm to school activities may not be feasible amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Roanoke City Public Schools (RCPS) is moving forward to incorporate more local-grown products into school meals and provide educators and families with additional resources related to nutrition, cooking, gardening, agriculture, and stretching food dollars. Continue reading Roanoke partnership launches new Farm to School Program with Roanoke City Public Schools