This past weekend I went with friends to see Selma, a new film which chronicles the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, Ala., during the Civil Rights movement in 1964, which prompted President Johnson to sign the Voting Rights Act that same year. The film was a poignant and honest story of the brave and dedicated men and women who risked their lives in the fight for equal rights. Continue reading Guest Commentary→
I was disappointed with Rep. Bob Goodlatte’s response after the NAACP Jubilee service when I asked if he was supporting the Equal Rights Amendment. He told me the ERA isn’t necessary. People who believe the ERA isn’t necessary need to understand the reasons why there is a growing movement to finish the work to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. Continue reading Guest Commentary→
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.→
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→