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for Reverend Bill
as Lawson was
honored to see a bus
with his image on it
The bus was
“My dad is
Melanie Lawson said
in a tweet.
Baptist Church also
posted a selfie of
Reverend Lawson and
Jackson on their
Instagram page as
they worshipped in
father of Wheeler
Avenue in 1962,
became a significant
player in the battle
to end segregation
Eyewitness News his
achievements are his
including our own
ABC13 family member,
Live After Five f/ Calvin Richardson, Vivian
Green & J Paul
Puppies for Sale (Understanding)
A shop owner placed a sign above his door that said:
“Puppies For Sale.”
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority,
Incorporated (AKA) has inducted
singer Yolanda Adams, diplomat
Teta V. Banks, astronaut
Jeanette J. Epps, activist
Chantél Harris, and author Margo
Lee Shetterly as honorary
Dorothy Buckhanan Wilson, L.H.D.
led the induction ceremony at
the Sorority’s biennial
conference in Houston. She noted
that the Sorority, the oldest
organization founded by black
college-educated women, bestows
honorary membership upon women
with high ethical standards who
have achieved international
recognition for their
“Each of this year’s
inductees have demonstrated
remarkable strength and
perseverance to achieve her
goals and have a positive impact
on the world,” she said.” Most
importantly, these women have
done so with a commitment to
serving others, a hallmark of
Alpha Kappa Alpha.”
Ms. Yolanda Adams is a
five-time Grammy award-winning
artist whose music heals,
encourages and inspires. She has
carried the torch for
contemporary gospel and
inspirational music through her
13 glorious albums. The Houston
native and former teacher is
filled with the spirit and
blessed with one of the most
powerful voices in the industry.
Her pioneering blend of modern
gospel, R&B and a touch of jazz
continues to inspire her fans
and transform the musical
landscape. Ms. Adams is also the
host of “The Yolanda Adams
Morning Show” a fun, clean
alternative morning show for
people of faith.
Ms. Teta V. Banks is the
National Chairman of the United
Nations Association of the
United States of America
(UNA-USA). Born in Nigeria, she
is the first person of African
descent to hold this position in
the organization’s 70-year
history. Ms. Banks leads the
National Council that develops,
recommends and implements
programs and advocacy
initiatives to address human
rights issues such as human
trafficking, poverty, education,
environmental justice, gender
equality, global health,
injustice, racism and sexism.
She is also a faculty member at
Prairie View A&M University.
Prior to joining UNA-USA, Ms.
Banks served as Executive
Director of the King Association
for Nonviolence, in conjunction
with the King Center.
Dr. Jeanette J. Epps was
selected in July 2009 as a
member of the 20th NASA
astronaut class. The New York
native was a NASA Fellow during
graduate school and authored
several journal and conference
articles describing her
research. Dr. Epps worked for
Ford Motor Company where she
received both a provisional
patent and a U.S. patent for her
research. She later joined the
Central Intelligence Agency
(CIA) for seven years, working
as a Technical Intelligence
Officer before becoming an
astronaut. She currently serves
in the ISS Operations Branch
working on issues in support of
space station crews.
Mrs. Chantél D. Harris is a
human rights activist and the
great-great granddaughter of
Alpha Kappa Alpha Founder, Ethel
Hedgeman Lyle. Mrs. Harris’
commitment to helping others
started at a young age. Through
her church she served the
homeless and worked with the
Circle of L.O.V.E (Let’s
Overcome Violence Everywhere)
program that was started by her
grandmother and member of Alpha
Kappa Alpha, Muriel “Puff”
Lyle-Smith. Mrs. Harris
continues to advocate for women
and children in her community.
She is currently working to
eliminate hostile work
environments and workplace
Ms. Margo Lee Shetterly is
the author of the book “Hidden
Figures: The American Dream and
the Untold Story of the Black
Women Mathematicians Who Helped
Win the Space Race.” Shetterly
is also the founder of The Human
Computer Project, an endeavor
that is recovering the names and
accomplishments of all of the
women who worked as computers,
mathematicians, scientists and
engineers at the National
Advisory Committee for
Aeronautics (NACA) and its
successor NASA from the 1930s
through the 1980s. In 2014, Ms.
Shetterly received the Alfred P.
Sloan Foundation Fellow and was
a Virginia Foundation for the
Humanities grantee. She is a
native of Hampton, Va., where
she knew many of the women
behind the history in Hidden
Previous honorary membership
inductees include Jada
Pinkett-Smith, Maya Angelou,
Ntozake Shange, Alice Walker,
Iyanla Vanzant, Ella Fitzgerald,
Alicia Keys, Gladys Knight,
Coretta Scott King, Rosa Parks,
C. Delores Tucker, Suzanne de
Passe, Mae Jemison, Eleanor
Roosevelt, Zina Garrison and C.
/ If we
it / We
Grants totaling $1.1 million will help support important African-American heritage sites including the homes of jazz musician John Coltrane and playwright August Wilson, a Virginia location central to the slave trade and civil rights locations in Birmingham, a preservation group announced Friday.
The money from the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is part of an effort by the National Trust for Historic Preservation to preserve and promote African-American historic places.
Brent Leggs, who directs the fund, says African-American historic places have traditionally been undervalued and underfunded.
“Through the action fund we have the opportunity to raise the visibility and the full contributions of African-Americans to our nation. We have the opportunity to highlight stories and places of activism achievement and community, to rewrite history and tell a new story about a black America,” he said.
He says the group and outside advisers narrowed down the 830 applicants from 42 states to 16 awardees. The grants are given in four categories: capacity building; project planning; capital; and programming and interpretation.
The trust plans to raise a total of $25 million over five years to preserve and highlight African-American historical contributions.
The recipients constitute a range of sites and needs across America. Some like Shockoe Bottom in Richmond, Virginia, are connected with the slave trade while others, like the John and Alice Coltrane Home, in Huntington, New York, are connected with African-American artistic contributions.
Historic Bethel Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, is part of a consortium of civil rights sites in the city that received a grant. Martha Bouyer of Bethel Baptist says the church, home to famous civil rights activist pastor Fred Shuttlesworth, will use the money for a historic structures report — a detailed accounting of the building which can guide future preservation efforts.
“I’ve been trying for years to get this done,” Bouyer said of the grant.
Paul A. Ellis Jr. is executive director of the August Wilson House in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which pays homage to the African-American playwright who wrote such works as “Fences.” Ellis, who’s also Wilson’s nephew, said the organization will match the $50,000 grant from the trust and use it to create a series of interpretive exhibits and interactive techniques that “tell the story of August Wilson and the community that served as the inspiration for his plays.”
“That’s why it means so much to get this grant, to keep moving forward with this project,” he said. “We’re here in August Wilson’s hometown and we want the world to know his story.”
Leggs said the fund was created in “the aftermath of Charlottesville last summer where heritage, culture and public spaces collided” as a way to “tell the whole history of our nation and to foster understanding, healing and reconciliation.”
In Charlottesville, Virginia, last year, a “Unite the Right” rally drew hundreds of white nationalists to the college town, where officials planned to remove a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee. After vicious brawling broke out between white nationalists and counter-demonstrators, a driver ran his car into a crowd of counterdemonstrators, killing one and injuring many. He currently faces federal hate crime charges.
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