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DDIC - Investing in your health. This is one of Danville Diagnostic Imaging Center’s newest additions—a wide-bore MRI unit. It provides higher-quality, more detailed imaging. And with a large opening and faster scanning time, you can stay calm and comfortable and feel less confined. This machine accommodates patients up to 500 pounds and imaging appointments are available between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. to work around your schedule. You can relax and enjoy your favorite music during your scan. Beginning this summer, DDIC will also provide breast MRI capabilities. Another unit that is part of the $2 million investment is the new 16-slice CT scanner, that allows for higher quality imaging and clearer samples for a more accurate diagnosis. Simply stated, it’s a faster, more efficient and more comfortable way for our patients to receive quality care close to home. It’s what you’ve come to expect from Danville Regional and DDIC.
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Danville Diagnostic Imaging Center 125 Executive Drive, Suite D Danville, VA 24541 Scheduling-434.799.3883 Information-434.793.1043
Danville Diagnostic Imaging Center: High-Tech Care Close to Home New diagnostic tools create a better overall experience Since 1991, Danville Diagnostic Imaging Center (DDIC) has been providing high-quality services to the community. Now, those services have been enhanced with a $2 million upgrade of new equipment. “We are excited to bring new technology to the community and offer a more comfortable experience to our patients,” said DDIC Director Debra Parrish. “It was a serious investment of diagnostic tools, and we are thankful to Danville Regional for investing in this new equipment. We believe this is an investment in the health of our community.” The technologically advanced equipment includes an enhanced Computed Tomography (CT) scanner and new wide-bore MRI unit. The new 16-slice CT scanner, an upgrade from our previous CT scanner, allows for high quality imaging and high-speed scanning. Since the equipment acquires scans faster, a patient’s examination time is reduced. The new CT scanner provides exceptionally clear views of scanned anatomy and reveals more details than normal x-ray exams. The new wide-bore MRI unit will also provide faster and more efﬁcient images, allowing for a quick, accurate diagnosis. Without using x-rays, the MRI machine uses a large magnet, radio waves and a computer to produce imaging of all portions of the anatomy. “These technological upgrades illustrate our commitment to providing the safest, most advanced quality care to the people of the Dan River region,” said Parrish. “This new equipment is the only kind like this in the area. Patients can receive these scans without traveling great distances for diagnosis.” With this new technology, an MRI scan averages between 15 and 30 minutes for most procedures. Other advantages of the unit include a much larger bore (opening) so claustrophobia typically is not an issue as well as accommodation of patients weighing up to 500 pounds. A patient can listen to their iPod, favorite CD or satellite radio station choice while their scan is performed. Feedback on both the new CT and MRI units has been extremely positive both from the physicians who diagnose the scans as well as the patients who have utilized the services. DDIC Medical Director Dr. Michael Spencer said, “I was able to read the ﬁrst MRI images recently on the new MRI unit and they are phenomenal. I have seen images from many MRIs during my career, and these images are the best I have ever seen. The MRI of the shoulder I viewed was very easy to read, and I was able to follow each of the appropriate structures to make a deﬁnitive diagnosis. This is very exciting for DDIC.” Reaction from patients who visited DDIC has also been positive. “This was my ﬁrst experience having an MRI, and I was very impressed with the center and equipment,” said one patient. “I had an MRI of my kidneys – being very concerned because my
father died of kidney cancer. I was anxious because I don’t like to be in closed-in spaces, but this unit did not bother me in the least. There was cool air blowing on my face, and the scan only took about twenty minutes.” In addition to the new CT scanner and wide bore MRI unit, Rebecca Taylor, DDIC MRI/CT Supervisor also revealed that DDIC received new service line applications, including vascular imaging. Vascular imaging examines arteries and veins for blockages that can cause strokes as well as tissue damage due to reduced blood ﬂow. Also later this summer, DDIC will be the only location within the service area to offer breast MRI services. Offering breast MRI services will beneﬁt breast cancer patients as well as patients with abnormal mammograms. In order to provide high quality service to patients, a health center must have the necessary equipment, but also be nationally accredited. DDIC is no different. The CT and MRI services are accredited by the American College of Radiology (ACR). The ACR awards accreditation to facilities for the achievement of high practice standards after a peerreview evaluation of its practice. Two months ago, the ACR also awarded DDIC re-accreditation of its digital mammography services. In addition to CT, MRI and digital mammography services, DDIC’s non-invasive vascular testing of the carotid arteries, venous system and extremities is accredited by the Intersocietial Commission for the Accreditation of Vascular Laboratories. “We are proud of the fact that our recent digital mammography inspection revealed no deﬁciencies and our associates are recognized for providing the highest quality care of breast cancer testing in the area,” said Parrish. “We appreciate all that our accrediting organizations and colleges do for our medical ﬁeld, and we will continue to follow every guideline and standard to the fullest and bring valuable care to our patients.” Meeting all guidelines and being awarded national accreditations is important. It’s the caring DDIC healthcare professionals who provide the quality care and attention to each patient. All of the associates are devoted to helping their community and providing excellent service to patients close to home. “Most DDIC technologists have advanced certiﬁcation in a work-area specialty such as mammography, CT, MRI or ultrasound, and the entire staff regularly seeks additional continuing education to advance their knowledge in the ﬁeld,” said Parrish. “Each staff member is fully trained to perform and deliver accurate tests and diagnosis.” All of the DDIC associates are excited to have the new technology installed at their center because they truly care about helping their neighbors. Through advanced equipment, national accreditations and training, DDIC is here to keep the people of the community healthy for years to come.
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There are thousands of creative people in our community. Very few are going to become the next Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, David LaChappelle or Jay Z. But, success isn't measured by how big your dreams or aspirations are. Success isn't measured by how many people buy your work. Success is measured by the work you complete and the lives your work touches. And with Emerge! we offer you an outlet for your work. A real tangible product that tens of thousands of people will see. Tens of thousands of people from all over the country who will be exposed to your creativity.
Cover photo taken by Mr. Jimmy Barksdale; The cover features current community builders and leaders that are paving the way for a brighter future. In order from left to right: Mrs. Constance Henderson Covington; Dr. Precilla Jean Stone; Reverend Dr. Rufus Fuller, III; Mr. Marcus Hughes; Mr. Tyrone Grove; Mr. Bryant Hood; Honorable Mayor Sherman Saunders; Mr. Kenneth Lewis; Mr. Justin Ferrell; and Mrs. Johnnie Fullerwinder.
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With the passing of extraordinary community leaders and business owners, such as James Peters, Jr., and Reverend Thomas Brooks, it is important that we take this time to highlight the actions of the dynamic men and women of the Dan River region that are leaving lasting impacts and changing lives. With this issue, we hope to help in the preservation the heritage and history of the African-American Culture (Follow 58.) Also, we want to emphasize the importance of family togetherness and unity (Summer Vacation, Education, and Events.) Let us know if we achieved our goal; find us on Facebook, follow us on twitter, and check us out on www. emergeva.com.
BUILDING A STRONG COMMUNITY: The EMerge! Awards And Gala. PAGE 08 - Follow 58 : Area African-American Museums PAGE 10 - calvin - A Short Story Page 12 - matters of the heart Page 14 - out of the park - The Danville All-Stars page 16 - flourishing entertainment Page 18 - Jewels of color page 19 - sun & fun on a dime PAGE 20 - Encouraged TO Succeed page 31 - forging a path to academic success page 33 - tips for a successful interview Page 34 - Danvillian From A Distance PAGE 36 - Book Review PAGE 38 - 100 And Counting ... page 39 - community health check PAGE 41 - Call and response Page 42 - selenadipitous
In the Spring 2011 issue of Emerge!, you read about Coach Allen and his ballplayers. Because of his impact on the community, John M. Langston has renamed the gym in honor of Coach Allen. This picture is of the newly named Dr. Hank Allen Gymnasium. To read the Spring 2011 issue of Emerge!, go to www.emergeva.com
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FOLLOW Area African-American Museums
No need to wait until the cold winds of February are knocking at your door to embrace the rich history of African-American culture. Break from the summer heat. Hop in your car, follow Highway 58, and take a tour of the local African-American museums. Along your route, stop by the Fayette Street Museum in Martinsville. Take a stroll down memory lane while viewing over 100 years of African-American culture that calls Fayette Street home. Hop back on 58 and travel to the L.E. Coleman Museum in Halifax. Be astonished by the preservation of African-American history. Soon, as it is an effort that is becoming a reality, you will be able to ride through Danville and stop at the Lawrence C. Clark Museum. Follow 58 and embark on an educational experience that strengthens the life and history of African-American culture. Take part in a celebration of the past while looking forward to the future.
Lawrence M. CLark Center
n 2009, a group of interested and highly motivated citizens in Danville and Pittsylvania County began a conversation to create an AfricanAmerican Museum and Cultural Center. Recently, the conversation became more than just spoken words, it became a reality. The ground work for The Lawrence M. Clark Center for African-American Culture and Learning, fondly referred to as The Clark Center, has now been made and will be a place for educational programming, and exhibits to preserve and promote the history and life of African Americans in our communities.
The mission of The Clark Center is to serve the community as a place for exploration and celebration; to recognize, promote, preserve, and exhibit the rich cultural contributions of Africans and Americans of African descent to the Danville, Pittsylvania County, and Caswell County areas. The objectives of The Clark Center are to develop innovative and thought provoking activities that will appeal to the broadest of audiences, build exhibits based on the best practices and creativity, continually support lifelong learning in our communities, and host lectures, concerts, and festivals of cultural significance. The Lawrence M. Clark Center for African-American Culture and Learning, is named in honor of Dr. Lawrence Mozelle Clark, a well-respected historian, community leader, and educator. He is a former Associate Provost and retired Professor of Mathematics Education, at North Carolina State University. A native of Danville, Virginia, he was instrumental
as an advocate for issues relating to race and diversity during his twentyyear tenure at the University. He is a true trailblazer as he created the Chancellor’s African-American Community Advisory Council and helped found the AfricanAmerican Cultural Center at NC State. NC State’s Annual L.M. Clark Lecture is named in his honor. This humble leader continues to impact the lives of the local citizenry and individuals by sharing his large personal collection of African and African-American artifacts. The Steering Committee of the Lawrence M. Clark Center for African-American Culture and Learning has hosted a series of Community Forums to inform and fully engage the broad base of the community in this project. To get involved in The Clark Center project contact Bethann James at 434-429-4934, access the website Clark-Center.com, or check out the center’s Facebook page.
Add to your calendar and help support the Lawrence M. Clark Center: “Dream Keepers’ Charity Dinner” on Wednesday, August 3, 2011, at 6:00 p.m, located at the Stratford Conference Center For a modest donation of $25.00 this event will offer a delicious dinner, entertainment, and a keynote address by Mr. Melvin “Skip” Alston, Co-Founder and Executive Director of the International Civil Rights Center & Museum in Greensboro, North Carolina.
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Fayette Area Historical Initiative Since the late 19th century, Fayette Street in Martinsville, Virginia has been a gateway to the business, social, and cultural life of African Americans in our community. Fayette Street is the birthplace and home of Mount Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church, Saint Mary’s Hospital, Piedmont Christian Institute, and the Imperial Savings and Loan Association. The corner of Fayette Street and Barton Street is commonly known as Baldwin’s Block. This block represents the entrepreneurial spirit of Dr. Dana O. Baldwin and his brothers. Together they were the founders of the June German Ball, an annual music and dance festival, host of world-renowned African-American musicians.
A grassroots organization was formed to create an institution that celebrates the living history of the Fayette Street corridor in Martinsville, Virginia. The initiative grew out of an increased awareness by the local community to embrace a sense of worth. Linda Strange-Dillard and a core team of organizers which included; Fred Motley, Simon Spencer, Rev. Tyler Millner, Beverly Millner, Sharon Maitland, and Ben Murdock, took an actionoriented approach to understanding local history. The collaborative effort of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities and the Fayette Area Historical Initiative (FAHI) bloomed into the FAHI African-American Museum, also known as, the Fayette Street Museum. Its mission is to create and promote a community perspective that examines the past strengths which will empower people to realize what can happen with just a little focus. A strong emphasis is placed on black celebration, historical preservation, and economic development. The museum’s exhibits display African American owned businesses, events, and educators on a local and national stage.
Situations have changed for the organization, and there is a need for more people to become involved. There is no cost to visit the museum which is located at 40 West Main Street in Martinsville. Donations are appreciated, and people who find they would like to get involved would be more than welcomed. The center is open Tuesday through Thursday from 11AM to 4PM and is open by group appointments only on Friday and Saturday. For more information call 276.732.3496 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Area African-American Museums
L.E. Coleman African-American Museum
The L.E. Coleman African-American Museum was organized around 2005. It was at this time that the Board of Supervisors sought to divest itself of some surplus property. The Board offered an abandoned school building, to any civic group who had plans, or could develop suitable plans, for the use of the building. The idea for the museum grew out of a desire by a group of local citizens to preserve a piece of local history. In order to meet this requirement of the board’s offer, the L.E. Coleman Museum was established. The Board followed through with its original offer and donated the property to the museum. A community-wide appeal was sent out for donations. As a result of this appeal, a sizeable collection of artifacts now grace the museum. The museum is operated by a board of directors which consist of traditional officer roles as well as at large representatives. The Board meets once every quarter and at other times on an as needed basis.
The mission statement of the L.E. Coleman African-American Museum Foundation is to be dedicated in promoting artistic excellence that reflects primarily the African-American culture of Halifax County and provide opportunity in the fields of visual, literary, and performing arts while encouraging interaction with community members through on-site and outreach exhibitions, presentations, and performances. The L.E. Coleman African-American Museum researches, collects, preserves, and interprets the art, history, and culture of African Americans with emphasis on Halifax County to foster an awareness of Virginia history so that people may draw strength and perspective from the past and find purpose for the future. The L.E. Coleman African-American Museum is unique in the fact that it is the only African-American Museum in the greater Halifax County area. The museum is located at 3011 Mountain Road, Halifax, Virginia. Tours and visitation hours are offered Monday through Friday. For more information call (434) 476-5000 for details.
L.E. Coleman Museum was formely the only school African-Americans could attend in Halifax County during segregation.
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Calvin A Short Story By: Fred Motley
Calvin liked to fight. Every day after school he picked someone new to brawl. I remember the day he chose me. On our way to school, he kept picking at me. "You better come and get your whipping." “Leave me alone, Calvin,” I replied. “I ain't done nothing to you.” “You ain't gotta do nothing,” Calvin hollered. “I don't want to fight.” “You ain't gonna be fighting me, I'm gonna be whipping you!” snapped Calvin. When we got to school Calvin said it loud and with a smile so the other kids could hear, "I am gonna stomp you in the ground after school." All day I was scared. Everybody was whispering, “Calvin’s gonna fight William.” I thought about running home, but didn’t. When school let out, my cousin Ronnie, my friend Clarence, and I started home. There was a lot of kids waiting down the street from the school. My heart was pounding. I didn't want to get beat up in front of the other kids. I wasn't sure if I knew how to fight. I knew I couldn't run now because Calvin would keep on looking for me even after we got home. Walking toward the crowd felt like I was walking at high noon in a western movie. Nothing seemed real. As I got closer I thought to myself, Keep on walking. But Calvin seemed to step out of nowhere. He blocked my way. “You ready for your whipping punk?" The kids made a circle around us. The ones from my street were holding their breath looking as scared as I was feeling. I tried to walk past Calvin, but he pushed me back. I tried to go around him, and he pushed me again. “I ain't gonna fight,” I said. Calvin grabbed my shirt and slung me around, causing me to stumble and drop my books. When I reached down to pick up my math book, Calvin hit me on the side of my face. The next thing I knew, we were rolling on the ground. I heard voices in one ear shouting, "Get him, William! Hit him, William!" In my other ear I heard voices saying, "Hit him, Calvin! Knock the punk out!" We were tangled in a mesh of boxing, wrestling, and kicking. The punches stung. My arms and face tingled from the scrapes of the hard dirt and sharp gravel. In my head I heard my daddy's voice. "Don't let nobody beat on you. You may not beat them, but make them work for beating you by giving them what you take." I slung Calvin with force, knocking him down. I pounced on him. My fists were a blur, pumping up and down, punching him in his face and shoulders. My knuckles burned and I could taste the dust. Then I felt someone’s strong arms snatch me up and pull me away. I don't know who the man was, but when he picked me up it was like I was being lifted out of a deep hole. I heard his voice
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say, "Break it up. Break it up. Calm down." Everything zoomed into place. My shirt was torn, dirt and sand coated my hair, and my arms had several scrapes. Calvin’s shirt was torn and he was covered in dirt as well. His eye swelled and his nose bled from my punches. A couple of ladies came down the street and told everybody. "Go home and stop all this foolishness. You should be a shame of y'all selves out here fighting in the street like some ole dogs. And the rest of y'all standing around watching them fight,” one of the ladies said. "You just wait Harold Lee till I see your momma, she's gonna tear you up for stopping and watching," the other woman said to Harold as he ran away as fast as his skinny legs could carry him. "Robert Junior, you know what your daddy's gonna do to you when I tell him you were out here screaming for somebody to fight," the first lady said to Robert as he fled in the other direction. All the kids took off running like they were the ones fighting. The man and two ladies made me and Calvin stay. "Ain't y'all shame of yourselves?" one of the ladies asked. We didn't say a thing, we just stared at the ground.
My shirt was torn, dirt and sand coated my hair, and my arms had several scrapes.
"Now go on home, and I'm going to tell your people," the man said with an authoritative voice. Calvin walked over to where his two friends were waiting, and they took off running. I stood there, watching Calvin run away. Seeing him run away pulled the fear of him from my body. The man gave me a handkerchief to wipe my face. Ronnie and Clarence helped me pick up my books and papers while asking me if I was alright. I shook my head yes. I gave the man his handkerchief back and told the ladies I was sorry for fighting in the street. We walked in silence. When we got to my house they stood on the sidewalk, watching me go in. My mother had heard about the fight. She didn't say anything. She took me to the bathroom and washed the dirt and blood off my face, neck, and hands. My scrapes tingled when she cleaned them with peroxide. When she finished she said, "Now you know me and your father don't like for you to be out in the street fighting, but I don't want you letting people take advantage of you or run over you. We'll wait until you daddy gets home and decide what to do with you." When my daddy got home he looked at me and said, “Miss Pearl, one of the ladies, stopped me and hold me what happened today.” He lowered his head and took a deep breath as if he had to make a difficult decision. With his head still lowered he said, “I hear you put a whipping on that bad boy.” When he looked up he had a smile and my mother hugged me. I was taught a lot of life lessons that day. I learned what it feels like to be so scared that your insides quiver and how the fear of somebody can steal your day and make your mind feel pain. I learned some people won't let you walk away and you are forced to fight for your survival. I learned sometimes you have to fight so others can see themselves in you, and find their own courage to conquer fear. That's what Ronnie, Clarence, and some of the other kids on my street told me they learned. But, you know the best life lesson I learned that day? That my mother's hugs always made my insides feel better and my father's smile assured me that I was able to handle anything that Calvin or anybody else brought my way the right way, even when it seemed the wrong at the time. Until this day, that memory, of my mother's hugs and my father's smile, are what I use when I find myself going through life's trying times. It's one of those memories I cherish, just like the time my daddy to me what to do when I see a redbird. He told me to make a wish and blow kisses at them until they fly away. That's what you're supposed to do to make your wishes come true.
10% of children are bullied regularly 1/3 of teens report being bullied while at school 4% of teens reported being the victims of cyber bullying 44% of middle schools reported bullying problems www.bullyingstatistics.org
If you are having anger management problems, in fear of becoming a bully check out the below website or visit a local anger management center: www.anger-management-techniques.org
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Matters Of The Heart By: Elaine CamPbell
I Mend Broken Hearts.
Not long ago, I was riding through a neighboring city. While riding in a certain area, my eye caught a billboard caption that read “I Mend Broken Hearts.” The statement made reference to a cardio surgeon. But, isn’t it a wonderful thing to know that in the event of us having problems with one of the most vital organs of our bodies, there is someone who specializes in problem correction as well as maintaining care of this organ, the heart. Then, I thought to myself, “What a conversation piece,” but what happens when the heart is emotionally torn, broken, or even dashed to the ground in “a thousand pieces?” One might ask the question, “What is more critical, the physically broken heart or the emotionally or spiritually broken heart?
There are tests we can take and tools to use to determine the state of the physical heart, but what about the emotionally and spiritually sick heart? Can we safely take a look into our society today and say, “We need a change of heart or even a spiritual transplant.” For the Good Book says, “Out of the man’s heart flows the issues of life.” Is what we are seeing, who we have become as mortal men? Have our hearts taken us to our limits? While doing some research I also learned, there are times when the body experiences certain traumas that the inner man also suffers emotional injuries. Who can determine how long one is to carry such an injury or even determine that one should heal within a day, a month, or a year? Again, is what we are seeing in our society a
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result of inner injuries, long-term wounds, anger, disappointments, the lack of forgiveness, or just plain hurt? Is it the result of injuries that may have been induced by others as well as those that are self-inflicted, that have not healed? How do we cope today? How do we heal? I think that King David in Psalms 51 found the solution. While coming to terms with the ills he had done to himself and to others, he went to God and asked for (1) forgiveness, (2) restoration, (3) creation of a clean heart and (4) renewal of a right spirit. What an awesome prayer. Perhaps this is what we all need to do from time to time; have a conversation with the creator of our hearts and ask Him to examine it, then fix it.
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Danville All-Star players; Left: Jack Slade; Right: Eloyd Robinson
Out of the Park: The Danville All-Stars
The Danville All-stars were Danville’s contribution into the African-American baseball leagues in our area. There were also teams in Martinsville and Caswell County. The late James Peters, Sr, former owner of L.H Brooks Funeral Home, was an avid sport’s enthusiast. Minority sports teams were not allowed to play or perform on fields or in most stadiums in cities across the United States. James was not one to sit back and wait for a change; he made the change. So, during that time he built James Peters Park which also became known as the Almagro Baseball Stadium. Peters Park was built from the timber of Peters Farm and had the second best lighting system in the United States. Simultaneously to building the baseball park, James purchased a struggling baseball team from Alabama. Once the team relocated to Danville they became known as the Danville All-Stars. The team traveled and played all along the East Coast. The team was fortunate enough to meet and play against players who would become world renowned players of the game. Hall of Fame players such as Jackie Robinson, Roy Campanella and Satchel Page, all played baseball at Peter’s Park.
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What was the only local hospital to treat African Americans during the civil rights movement of the '60s? Who was the first African-American woman to serve on the Danville City Council? Who was the first African-American Mayor as well as the first AfricanAmerican Danville Regional Medical Center board member? Who was the fist African American to be elected to public office since reconstruction? Who served as Danville's first African-American principal? Who was the first and only African-American owned theater in Danville? Who was the first African-American female to practice law in Danville? Who broke the color barrier in local baseball by becoming the first African American to play on the Danville Leafs, an all-white team? Established in October of 1865, and founded by Elenor Matlack and Eunice Cogdon, what was the first African-American school? What was the first African-American owned full service gas station in Danville? Who was the first African-American mail carrier in Danville? Who was the first African-American social worker in Danville? Who is the only female to serve as Mayor in Danville? Where did the June German Ball take place in Martinsville?
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Flourishing Entertainment in the Dan River Region Entertainment
consists of any activity which provides a diversion or permits people to amuse themselves in their leisure time. A few familiar examples are: cinema, social dances, beauty pageants, comedy shows, festivals, rodeos, story-telling, book signings, lectures, concerts, and live theatre. Now that is just a short list of the many things that make Southside Virginia and North Carolina a popular destination. The cities of the Dan River region share dates and dollars in the effort to build a solid scene for serious entertainment that will appeal to various cultures and citizens who are longing for an escape from work without having to drive 80 to 120 miles, round trip. Creativity is essential in being a wonderful artist, whether you are a performer, chef, event organizer, or simply someone who loves to display his or her talent. It takes heart and a good vision to bring quality entertainment to this region. It takes thoughtful networking to bring together the minds and egos of the brave souls that understand good timing, a great brand, and a signature event that could transcend race, gender, age, class, or any negative vibe.
The Dan River region is blessed with many great restaurants, hotels, and churches. Our region is privileged to have museums, antique shops, and historical mansions on basically every corner. Also, we have one of the best man-made walking trails complete with magnificent and surprising scenery that is entertaining all on its own. The city of Danville has what most American cities only dream of having; a gorgeous downtown with potential, smooth accessible highways, and a beautiful river, the magnificent Dan River. There are opportunities everywhere. There are issues we can solve and areas we can improve. One particular area is the north main hill area and the north theater is of great interest to many, a theater I have had the pleasure of visiting on many occasions. In the theater, I’ve seen great comedy shows, listened to wonderful music, and I have even had the pleasure of performing on the North Theater stage in a play titled Mama’s Pearls. I pray for a grand re-opening of the theater, as well as, a tenant who is willing to sit, listen, and support our efforts. We must believe that unity will move us in the right direction. There are many events thriving all around this site. So, get ready riverside; an overflow will occur when the hill comes back to life.
African American Consumption of Music By: Bryant Hood With music being the soundtrack to ones life, today’s times and consumptions of music have changed. Here are a few interesting statistics: *Genre listened to by majority [ages 18 - 49]: Rap & Hip Hop - 47.4% R&B - 38.4%
*How music is acquired: Retail store - 30% Online (iTunes, etc) - 27.7% Illegal downloads - 27%
*How people play their music: Computer - 32% CD player - 10.3% Radio - 2.9%
I’d like to say a big ole thank you to those who are motivated to deliver and share the key ingredient that makes it all turn out alright. Whether you are a musician, artist, author, poet, athlete, retiree, community activist, consumer, or any other citizen, I say thanks for that key ingredient; l-o-v-e, pure and simple. Without love, failure is the only sure thing. So, let’s get the ball rolling and put it in play to allow this region, our home, to flourish for the good of all citizens and visitors who simply enjoy life.
*Where people listen to music:
“Personally, I feel the consumption of music and the way we listen to it is based on the quality and passion put into it by the artist,” said Bryan Hood.
Home - 58.1% Work - 18.4% Car - 11.9% When asked how important it is to you to have your own personal music collection, on a scale of 1-5, 1 being not at all important and 5 being very important, 82.9% chose 5, very important.
- Research from Amplitude Research, Inc.
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Jewels of Color With Promise and Purpose On May 14, 2011, the Danville Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. presented Jewels of Color with Purpose and Promise the Miss Jabberwock Pageant in conjunction with the Chapter’s annual Distinguished Men Cooking with the Deltas. Over fifty men donated their time and skills to prepare delicious, scrumptious, and tasty dishes in the category of appetizers, meats, vegetables, desserts, and beverages. They prepared samples for almost 500 attendees. The event was held at the Cherrystone Center in Ringgold, Virginia. All of the proceeds from the event benefited the Chapter’s Margaret Edmonds Scholarship Fund which provides educational scholarships to deserving youth. The evening’s entertainment was provided by the Delta Academy Girls, students from GLH Johnson Elementary School, Gibson Middle School, and Westwood Middle School performed a dance choreographed by Felicia Edmunds. Miss Monique Branch, the 2009 Miss Jabberwock winner, crowned Miss Shontell White, the daughter of Tony and Belinda White, Miss Jabberwock 2011. Shontell is a sixteen year old sophomore at George Washington High School. Other winners of the evening were 2nd Runner Up - Miss Riquita Curley, daughter of Thomas and Marian Coleman, a Senior at George Washington High School. Tiffany Turner
By: Selena Lipscomb
1st Runner Up was given to Miss Twyla Grasty, daughter of LeKeishia Wilson, a Senior at George Washington High School. Miss Congeniality was given to Miss Tiffany Tucker, daughter of Willie and Renee Tucker, a Junior at George Washington High School.
Miss Tamela Adams - Tunstall High School Miss Riquita Curley - George Washington High School Miss Georgia Davis - Gretna High School Miss Twyla Grasty - George Washington High School Miss Gertha Graves - George Washington High School Miss Jessica Gunter - George Washington High School Miss Nicole Harper - Dan River High School Miss Davani Pendleton - George Washington High School Miss Tiffany Tucker - George Washington High School Miss Auntianna West - George Washington High School Miss Shontell White - George Washington High School
Miss Twyla Grasty, Miss Monique Branch; Miss Riquita Curley
The History of Jabberwock
The word Jabberwock, which is copyrighted by Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., has evolved in its symbolism over the past eighty years. It now represents an evening of elegance and entertainment that showcases the gifts and talents of the young women participating in the program while advancing the goals and objectives of Delta's scholarship program. In an interpretation of the immortal classic Alice In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll created the delightful character known as “jabberwock” who summoned all of the creatures in the kingdom to perform a gala event.
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Sun & Fun on a Dime. This Summer’s Memorable but Inexpensive Beach Trip By: DeMarcus Morrison
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Encouraged to Success ~ The William Wyatt Story ~
The city of Danville is not only known as the city of churches, but also as the city of restaurants. With over 30 franchises and 40 privately-owned restaurants, William Wyatt is the first African-American franchise owner. His restaurant – Libby Hill Seafood.
After working tirelessly at helping other franchisees start their Libby Hill restaurants, Wyatt felt that it was time for him to open his own. In October of 1986, William Wyatt opened the Libby Hill Seafood Restaurant in Danville, Virginia, on Riverside Drive.
Wyatt, a native of Halifax County, Virginia, grew up the fifth of nine children. Growing up in a large family taught him many life lessons, but he attributes two in particular to his success. He said, “My parents taught us how to be responsible and that hard work pays off, very early in life.” Wyatt knew what exactly was meant by those words. They meant that nothing would be given to him and that he had to create his own destiny.
“It was a very special day because my wife, my mom and dad were there,” Wyatt recounts that proud moment.
Following his move to Lynchburg, Wyatt was offered a management position with Libby Hill Seafood. It was not long afterwards that the owners of Libby Hill made him the Director of Operations. In this role, Wyatt was responsible for overseeing the operations at 18 of their restaurants, training store managers, and assisting in the opening of new stores in the North Carolina and Virginia regions.
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Soon after graduating high school, Wyatt married Dot, his wife of 34-years, and began working in the management department of a grocery store chain. While working for the grocery store, Wyatt was able to gain knowledge and valuable experiences. Also, he took college courses in business management. Both the grocery store business and his personal life began to change, as he became the father of daughter, LaTisha and son, Joesph, William. Wyatt sought other opportunities for growth. His first attempt was at owning a Subway franchise. It failed due to locality, but Wyatt was not defeated. Instead, he moved his young family to Lynchburg, Virginia to continue working in the grocery store management field. It was there that he caught his first glimpse of reward for his hard work. He purchased his first home at 18-years of age.
When asked how his restaurant has managed to survive over the years, Wyatt said, “The restaurant business has been a roller coaster ride but we have been able to maintain by diversifying and having good people in management.” The forming of WillTwo-Plus Inc., allowed him to diversify his efforts through the opening of a second Libby Hill restaurant in Madison, North Carolina, a delivery and catering business. Wyatt also gives a great deal of credit to his management staff in helping him run his business and to keep it profitable. Many of his current employees have been there since the store opened in 1986 and/or have found themselves returning to work there part-time. Also, his family has served as staff over the years, including his brotherin-law, who is now Store Manager.
By: Keisha L. Averett
Lastly, William shared what he thought set his restaurant apart from others, with so many new restaurants coming into the city, he said, “I think the fact that Libby Hill is a family-oriented restaurant and that we serve quality food at a reasonable price makes us different from other businesses.” He goes on further to say that Libby Hill is like a family; many of the employees have been generational and know many of the customers by name. Also, the food is of great quality and the menu offers a variety of choices, as well as daily specials. William Wyatt’s journey to success hasn’t always been a paved road, but steering the course through the bumps has allowed him create his own destiny. His story is truly an inspiration and a testament to the fact that hard work does pay off.
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BUILDINg A STRO Community A Poem by Samuel Wilson It takes one to change the community Yet a community to change the world My determination is my motivation It takes time, so, yes time is an essence The world may seem to be against you But, determined and willing you can overcome anything Believe. taken from "Analyze This" which can be read at emergeva.com
The EMerge! Awards And Gala. April 1st, 2011
"Aruba" Tommy Bennett
In April, 2011, Dan River Emerge! made its debut in style. We did not bring it in alone though. The Black Tie Gala in Danville’s Community Market, on Craighead Street, was standing room only with over 550 people attending. All those that attended received star studded treatment complete with a walk on the red carpet along with delicious food and drinks, provided by the Stratford Conference Center and The Highlander Restaurant and Pub. Attendees were the first to receive their copy of Emerge!, but the event also served as the first annual platform to publicly acknowledge several people for their wonderful contributions to the community. Radio personality “Aruba Tommy” Bennett from The Tom Joyner Morning Show was the emcee of the evening. Emerge Sportsman Leadership Award Mr. Harry Johnson
Mr. Harry Johnson, AKA, “Coach J” taught for thirty-four years in the Danville school system before retiring in 1996. During those years he served as teacher, mentor, coach, and father figure to hundreds of young men and women. He coached organized youth sports in the community, high school football and basketball. In 1996, basketball team went 28 – 0, winning the Virginia High State Championship. He provided opportunities for youth without the means to attend colleges and universities through his friendships and associations with college coaches. Coach Johnson’s motto is, “If I can help someone as I pass this way, then my living shall not be in vain.”
Philanthropist of the Year Mr. Bryant Hood Mr. Bryant Hood is the CEO and founder of Stayhood Productions. His business, Stayhood, not only focuses on music, but has become a name synonymous with '"positive change." Bryant sees positivity in everyone. Every person he encounters that society would deem as helpless, he views as a person who is a positive opportunity waiting to happen. His heart is bigger than most; his outlook on life is more positive than most; his dedication to making a difference is definitely more determined than most. Bryant has made it a priority in both his personal life and business to make a difference one neighborhood at a time. How will he make it happen? Through music, philanthropy, empowerment, and community service of course. Bryant Hood is and always will Stay-hood.
Community Service Award Mrs. Constance Henderson Covington Mrs. Constance Henderson Covington has dedicated her life to serving the community. She is the Commissioner on the Danville Redevelopment and Housing Authority Board, Seeland Crossing Neighborhood Watch Crime Prevention Leader, Program Director for the Cardinal Village Youth Center, Secretary for Kick It With Jesus Outreach Ministry, Acting Secretary for Urban renewal Coalition, Member of the Dan River Partnership for a Healthy Community, and President of the Cardinal Village Tenants Association.
She is a role model for those wishing to made a difference. She organizes Crime Prevention and Safety Contests for all five public housing sites, organizes Tea Parties and Tough Love Programs for the residents of the community, and arranges Arts and Craft days for the young and old residents alike.
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Community Organizer Award Mr. Tyrone Grove Mr. Tyrone Grove worked as an emergency medical technician and obtained certification as an architectural draftsmen before opening his own general contracting business, Alpha Omega Construction. He also manages Caring For U Therapy Services, a physical therapy service that is active in community health and wellness, with his wife Dr. Pamela Grove. He has formerly served on deacon board of Cathedral of Praise. Currently, he is a member of Masonic Lodge 104, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Interdenominational Minister’s Alliance. He also serves as Chairman for Danville branch of the Democratic Party, Chairman of the Small Business Development local branch of the N.A.A.C.P., and serves on the board of Stayhood Productions. Mr. Groves says that is next goal is to get a chairperson from each of the local seventeen districts to serve in the Democratic Party meetings.
Community Organizer Award Mr. Kenneth Lewis Mr. Kenneth Lewis, graduating from George Washington High School in 1976, was awarded an athletic scholarship to play football at Virginia Tech. Kenneth earned his Bachelor’s Degree from Virginia Tech and was named to the Virginia Tech. Hall of Fame. In 1979, he was drafted into the NFL and played four years with the New York Jets. After moving back to Danville in 1985, he became a teacher, coach, and administrator for a total of twenty two years combined in the Danville Public School system. Mr. Lewis received his Masters Degree in Public School Administration from the University of Virginia. He is currently serving as Director of Alternative Education for Danville Public Schools.
Civil Rights Advocate Award Reverend William Avon Keen Reverend William Avon Keen became the ordained pastor of Traynham Grove Baptist Church in Halifax County, where he remained the pastor for over twenty years. Rev. Keen has been very influential in the area by being a part of several different organizations. He has served as the Youth Advisor to the NAACP Danville Branch, and has also held a position as the chairman of Public Relation Affairs in the Interdenominational Minister’s Alliance of Danville & Vicinity. Throughout the years he has participated in several sit-ins and marches around the country. He has also organized within the area several protests, one of which being against police brutality. Rev. Keen was also very instrumental in having the Danville Public Schools close for the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Holiday.
Civil Rights Advocate Award Reverend Thurman O. Echols, Jr. Reverend Thurman O. Echols, Jr. has been leading service at Moral Hill Missionary Baptist Church in Axton, Virginia, since 1976. In his spare time he volunteers with many different community organizations including; the United Way of Martinsville-Henry County, Martinsville Branch of the NAACP, Salvation Army, and countless others throughout the years. He is an influential community leader and has helped change our community for the better. Currently, he serves as Second Vice President of the Virginia Baptist State Convention. Pastor Echols, Jr. was instrumental in spearheading the effort of placing a sign downtown Danville commemorating Bloody Monday. We would like to apologize to Reverend Echols for our oversight at the Emerge Gala.
His name was left out of the program and wasnt presented his award until later in the evening.
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Political Leadership Award Honorable Mayor Sherman Saunders Honorable Mayor Sherman Saunders is employed with the Pittsylvania County Community Action Inc, and is the Executive Director. The agency serves the counties of Pittsylvania, Henry, and the cities of Martinsville and Danville, Virginia. The agency is a recipient of the Chamber of Commerce, “Large Business of The Year Award.” He is an Award recipient of President Lyndon Baines Johnson’s War and Poverty, Associated Press Movers & Shakers, Pittsylvania County Citizens of the Year, Key to the City of Roanoke, Virginia, and many, many others. He has served on numerous State Boards and Commissions, having been appointed by various Virginia Governors that includes: John Dalton, Charles “Chuck” Robb, and Gerald “Jerry” Baliles. Sherman has also served on thirteen Board of Directors. Sherman first became a member of Danville City Council in 1996. In addition to being a Councilman, he has served as the City’s Vice Mayor, and currently serves as Mayor for the City of Danville.
Education Award Minister Robin S. Owens Minister Robin S. Owens has fervently dedicated her life to her family, community, education, and most importantly, to God. She taught in Danville Public Schools for fifteen years. She served as the principal of W. Townes Lea Elementary school for three years. Currently, Minister Owens is serving her third year as the Instructional Leader of Edwin A. Gibson Middle School. In 1994, she received a Teacher Appreciation Award form G.L.H. Johnson Elementary School Student Council Association. In 2000, she was nominated by one of her former students to be recognized as Who’s Who Among American teachers and was featured in the Danville Register and Bee Parenting Magazine. Her profound teaching abilities transcend from school to church. She currently serves as a minister at Abundant Life World Outreach Church under the leadership of Pastors Bill and Sharon Motley. Minister Owens is truly a woman who lives and teaches by the sovereign Word of God.
Education Award Dr. Precilla Jean Stone Dr. Precilla Jean Stone began her career in education in 1993 as Student Services Coordinator at O.T. Bonner Junior High School. Prior to this she was employed at an adult male prison in Chatham, VA, as a Rehabilitation Counselor. She assisted the literacy teacher in teaching inmates how to read and write. This experience prompted Dr. Stone’s decision to make a career change from the correctional setting to public education. She has been employed by Caswell County Schools since 1999 gaining experience as a Guidance Counselor, Assistant Principal, Director of Personnel, and Principal. Currently, she is employed as Principal at Bartlett Yancey High School. Under her leadership the high school’s test scores, academics, and discipline has improved tremendously. In 2011, Dr. Stone was named the Wachovia District Principal of the Year.
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Religious Community Leader Reverend Dr. Rufus Fuller, III Reverend Dr. Rufus Fuller, III knew there was a calling on his life to preach the gospel and he fulfilled that call to ministry in 1989. Currently, Dr. Fuller is the humble senior pastor at East New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Danville, Virginia. In 2007, Dr. Fuller had a vision from God to feed the children. “Feeding the Children” has distributed over 1800 boxes of hearty food and 1800 book bags filled with school supplies to the citizens of Danville and surrounding areas. With the help of the USDA Summer Feeding Program, Healthy Kids on Wheels visited seven communities and fed over 500 children. This year’s “Feeding the Children” event will be held August 13,2011. Through Dr. Fuller’s outreach ministries he strives to shape, sharpen, and strengthen God’s gift to our youth.
Religious Community Leader Chief Apostle Charles R. Walker Chief Apostle Charles R. Walker, commonly known as Ricky, was called into the ministry at the early age of thirteen, but finally accepted his call at the age of thirty. On August 9, 1997, he was ordained as the Pastor of True Holiness. About ten years later after much prayer, supplication, and divine ordinance from God he was elevated to the Episcopal office of Chief Apostle. Recently, Pastor Walker renovated one of his properties into the only Christian Night Club, The Venue, in the City of Danville. Chief Apostle Walker is chosen, called, and ordained by the Lord Jesus Christ. He is a man from God with a message for the people; a pastor that is full of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. He is a servant who has a great love for the soul of man, and a passion for God’s work. He is an anointed preacher, teacher, prophet, and singer.
Business Community Award Mr. Raymond Wilborne Mr. Raymond Wilborne was born to be an entrepreneur. He owns and operates his own local car dealership, Ray & Cee’s Auto Sales & Retail, LLC, with the philosophy that, “You must always strive to excel because nothing is good about being regular.” He passes that motto and business savvy down to his twelveyear-old son, Raymond Hairston Wilborne as he teaches him not only the car sales business, but Godly wisdom. Ray says, “You may not remember the day, but you remember the moments,” especially when you are living Godly blessed.
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Business Community Award Mr. Kirby Wright Mr. Kirby Wright left for college with the ambitions of being a lawyer. However, God directed his path another direction. After advisement from his college professors and the direction of God his path was changed to education. Once he began his occupation in the education field it was evident to everyone around that he had listened to his calling. With fifty years in education, thirty-seven being for the Pittsylvania County Schools, he has directly influenced and molded many individuals. After his time in education he branched off and with his brother began RC Right Home(s), which was later changed to Negril, Inc. to include more services. Based in Danville, VA, this company provides quality care and support to individuals with intellectual disabilities, who’s desire is to remain in their homes or in a small unique group home with a home-like atmosphere.
Entrepreneurship Award Mr. Ameer Nesmith Mr. Ameer Nesmith started his own real estate investment company, Nexus Reality, LLC; which specializes in commercial and residential properties here in Danville. In the past fifteen years he has invested in improving our neighborhoods and community while providing affordable housing, in addition to investing in revitalizing downtown. Ameer has always had a passion and concern for helping others in the community. He recently developed a community empowerment group here in Danville that empowers individuals, their families, and the community by focusing on health, education, entrepreneurship, the economy, and finances. In the future he plans to focus on the importance of entrepreneurship in these hard economic times because his motto is, “It’s not what Danville can do for you, but what you can do for Danville”.
Youth Visionary Award Mr. Marcus Hughes Mr. Marcus Hughes is a student attending Averett University where he is working towards obtaining his Bachelors in Business Administration. He has served as the Youth Advisor for the Danville Youth Council of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People(NAACP) since 2009. In 2008, he joined the efforts of Faces of Our Children in the hopes of eliminating the disease of sickle cell anemia by spreading the message, "If you have the trait check your mate." Marcus is a strong advocate for all continuing the fight for freedom in the mind, body, and soul.
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Youth Visionary Award Mr. Justin Ferrell Mr. Justin Ferrell is currently a student at Old Dominion University, where he is pursuing a double major in philosophy and political science. At ODU he is a member of several community service student organizations and was elected as the Speaker of the Senate for the Student Government Association, where he served as chair of the finance committee. In 2007, he was a campaign worker for both Delegate Marshall and State Senator Hurt. The following year he received a fellowship to work for former Congressman Tom Perriello. In 2009 and 2010, he interned for the City of Danville's Economic Development Office. Currently, he serves as a member of Stayhood Productions executive board and is a member on the Governors Relations committee for Old Dominion.
Ruby Archie Award for Excellence in Leadership Mrs. Johnnie Fullerwinder Mrs. Johnnie Fullerwinder overcame an era that would have undoubtedly broken most souls. In 1966, she was the first African American to integrate the public schools of Danville, Virginia, when she accepted a teaching position at George Washington High School. Her dedication to educating the youth was more important than combating ignorance. She saw students --and not differences. Her dedication not only paid off, it saw her come full circle when she re-entered GW High School twenty years later in an administrative position. The field of education has not been her only area of excellence. Mrs. Fullerwinder was the first female administrator at Edwin A. Gibson Middle School, the first person to hold the position of Coordinator of Math and Science for the Danville Public School system, she was selected as Vice Principal of the year for the state of Virginia, she was the first African American Chairman of the Danville Science Center Board of Directors, and she was the first female Superintendent of the Sunday School department of Camp Grove Baptist Church.
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Forging A Path To Academic Success By: Johnnie M. Fullerwinder
sure way to shorten the distance between the goal posts for academic success is a definitive home and school partnership. Teachers inherently strive for positive outcomes in their daily interactions with students. They welcome aid from the homes to effectively meet the needs of the large group of diverse minds entrusted in their care. Therefore, parents should make known their willingness to be a dependable partner with the teacher in assuring a successful experience for their child in that classroom and school. There are specific ways in which parents and teachers can partner to enhance academic performance for the student. Using my experience in the academic atmosphere and as a parent, I will share strategies and interventions capable of producing positive outcomes and highlight efforts to avoid. POSITIVE INTERACTIONS
Set High Expectations For Student Performance - Children will often mimic attitudes and behaviors of their parents. Therefore, it is vital that parents convey, through actions and conversations, the importance of schooling while setting clear expectations for educational performance. Critical to effective academic growth may be the realization that students don’t have to be at the top of their class, but have the capability of performing at a level higher than they currently demonstrate. Though gentle nudging may be necessary, parents and teachers should watch for signs of frustrations, and undue stress.
Emphasize Good Behavior - The purpose of schooling is to equip each child with the necessary skills for a productive life in society. As a part of parents’ expectations, a strong emphasis needs to be directed toward proper classroom behavior to minimize disruptions not only to their child’s learning experiences, but the classmates who also deserve an environment conducive to learning. Establish Rapport Early with School/ Teachers - Teachers and staff respond to parents who demonstrate a concerted effort to assure academic success for their child and hold high expectations for the school. Frequenting the school outside of the regular Parent-Teacher Association meetings and Conference Nights can provide extra opportunities for close - up contact with teachers. Volunteer where possible. The opportunities are numerous: chaperones for field trips, participants in fundraising, and if schedules permitclassroom aides, lunchroom monitors, and resource speakers. Daily Home Review - Set a daily routine for homework in an environment conducive to thinking and studying. Assume a relaxed attitude prior to supervising to prevent creating a tense environment. Early lessons in time management can be learned from doing homework. When detecting frustration or signs of fatigue by the child, offer short breaks. For upper grades with reduced homework, reinforce content learned through encouraging oral reviews with an interested adult listener who will ask questions and make comments. Oral questions on specific subject areas may especially benefit students at the secondary level. Early Emphasis on Reading and Math Skills - Reading and math are two subjects crucial to academic success during a child’s entire school career. Therefore, parents should pay special attention to their child’s reading and math grades. Reading comprehension skills are often causes for poor educational performance at the upper grade levels. Consistent underperformance should be addressed with teachers to devise early intervention strategies between the home and school. Provide frequent hands-on opportunities to utilize math and reading skills: aid in shopping and keeping tabs on figures, reading directions, etc.
Value Successes (Rewards/Recognitions) - Highlight small achievements. Never underestimate the positive results of praise. Frequent expressions of praise provide encouragement and engender pride in good performance. Expressions can vary from verbal compliments, special privileges, or more tangible items. METHODS OF ASSISTANCE TO AVOID Doing Homework For the Child - Students should be encouraged to do their own homework and not rely on parents doing it to expedite time or earn good grades. Enforcing Skill Methods Different From Teachers - Parents may want to introduce methods used during their schooling that may vary widely from current instructional strategies. This can easily create confusion and frustration for the student upon returning to the classroom setting. Punishing Failures - Reward small successes rather than frequently punishing failures. Too many negative experiences associated with learning can discourage students at an early age and turn them off to the educational experience of school. The above suggestions are not grade level specific and can be effectively utilized at elementary through secondary levels of schooling. The end goal is academic success for the child.
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Tips for a
l u f s s e c Suc w e i v r e t In By: Petrina Carter
Looking for work can be a very depressing experience, if you let it. Many individuals start to feel extremely rejected causing them to lose confidence in themselves and their skills. I would like to encourage you. Though the hiring process can be grueling, don’t lose heart. There are many factors that go into being chosen as the new employee. In this article, we will talk briefly about the actual interview; including things you want to make sure you are doing, and some we hope you are not. A moment of self-reflection can never hurt. So let’s assume you have gotten to the point of getting an interview. The first thing you need to do is congratulate yourself, for that itself is an achievement. Too often during the job search we don’t take time to celebrate our successes, no matter how small. In preparing for the interview, first try on the outfit you are planning to wear. Have someone who will be honest with you tell you how you look. Check for hanging hems, missing buttons, etc. If you have gained and/or lost weight, please have the item tailored. Wearing clothes that look like they belong to your parent or your child does not give a good first impression. Choose your accessories carefully. Minimal is the name of the game. Try to cover all tattoos and wear very little, (if any) perfume and/or cologne. Prepare to take a copy of your resume, and/or application, and a notepad with you to the interview. Look up the employer on the Internet, and do your research. Know the company’s mission-including why they are in business and what makes them tick. Prepare two to three questions you would genuinely like to ask about the company. I will tell you why in a moment.
Now, you need to practice interviewing. There are many ways to do this. You can visit the local Employment Commission in your area and ask if someone can do a mock interview with you or you can ask a friend and/or mentor to assist. If you are a college student, visit your Career Center for assistance. You should also practice answering interview questions in front of the mirror. This allows you to see your facial expressions and hand gestures. Practice smiling while you answer the questions. If you are not familiar with the location in which the interview is to be held, you must do a practice run. There is no excuse for being late to an interview. The rule is: to be early is to be on time, to be on time is to be late and to be late is unacceptable. In other words, if your interview is at 11:00, you should arrive no later than 10:45; if you arrive at 11:00, you should consider yourself late. The fact that you are being interviewed says the employer saw something in your application packet that makes you a possible hire. You are your best product; the interview is the time to sell. In order to do that, you have to believe in yourself. Do not clam up, because the employer is trying to get to know you; however don’t try to tell everything about you in the first five minutes of the interview. Answer the questions succinctly, but completely. If there are two parts to a question, take a moment to jot them down on your notepad to ensure you answer the question completely. If you do not understand the question, ask for clarification. Stay away from using “um” and “you know.” If your nerves start to get the best of you, take a deep breath and let it out slowly (and quietly). In my experience, most interviewers will ask, “What are your weaknesses?” Most individuals respond with the “deer in the headlights glaze.” Be prepared to answer this question in a positive manner. Everyone has a weakness,
so just give it a positive light and be genuine about it. Tell what techniques you use to combat your weakness. For example, a colleague of mine talks about his weakness being time management. To combat that he utilizes an organizer in which he writes everything down. Another question you will be asked at most interviews is, “Do you have any questions?.” The common mistake individuals make is to not have done sufficient research on the company to ask intelligent questions. They either reply that they don’t have any questions or ask about lunch breaks. I don’t know which is worse, but I will say they are both bad. Always ask a question about the company or the culture of the company; if the questions are genuine, it gives the impression you are truly interested in the company and not just a job. I hope these tips will help you. Remember to keep your head up, because this too shall pass!
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Written By: Master Sergeant Robertson, M.E.D.
I am an Air Force Airman. Over the past nineteen and a half years, military life is all I have known. I am a servant. I serve democracy faithfully and proudly. I’m a true patriot. I’ve represented the United States and the Air Force in locations around the world. I am an Air Traffic Controller. I’m a leader. Molder and mentor of young men and women of varied backgrounds, ethnicities, and personalities. I am also a devoted husband and father. My beautiful wife and three wonderful children give me the emotional fortitude needed to face life with my chest out and head up. I’m a son, brother, uncle, and cousin. I’m a registered voter, tax payer, neighbor, and law-biding citizen. I am both student and teacher. I am Curt to my friends and family, yet professionally known as Master Sergeant Robertson. I’m everything to some and nothing to others. I am a George Washington High School (GWHS) Eagle for life! I go by many titles. I carry many epithets, monikers, and nicknames. But, the most old and revered name I hold was not given or earned. It’s not a credential, accolade, or achievement. It is my birthright. It is who I am. Simply put, I am a Danvillian. I love my hometown. Born at Danville Regional Medical and raised on Pleasant View Avenue, my pedigree is exact but humble. Long before I visited and drove the streets of foreign lands, I gathered my buddies and rode bicycles on Riverside Drive. Years before I sat in a Control Tower and policed the airways, I sat hillside and played “that’s my car” as race teams made their way to Martinsville Motor Speedway. Decades before I motivated men and women into war, I was inspired to action by Coach Kenny Lewis. Still today, as I contemplate pursuance of a PhD, I can smell the mixture of books, pencils, and Pine-Sol that permeated the hallways of GWHS. I love Danville. My heart pumps the muddy waters of The Dan River. Although I currently reside deep in the heart of Texas surrounded by boisterous Texans, at my core I will forever remain a Danvillian. Like many others, I cheered with excitement when the Danville Braves took home in The River City. Conversely, I prayed for those affected in the wake of Dan River Mills’ relocation south of the border after a 100 year stay. It was exhilarating in the 80s to watch as Johnny Newman took Danville to the hoop in the Big Apple. In the 90s, I witnessed NFL All-Pro Herman Moore as he took “D-town” to the end zone in Motown. Nowadays, GoDanRiver.com is atop my favorite websites when I’m homesick and perusing the Internet. Even the aptly titled Robertson Bridge (no affiliation) which connects US Routes 29 and 58, still gives me a sense of ownership to my Danville. So, I say thank you. Thank you to my city. Thank you for birthing me. Thanks to its residents for raising me. Thanks to Coach Lewis for believing in me. Those rides home every day after practice were crucial to my development. He was the only African-American adult man that took the time to mentor me (and others). In fact, today I jump at the chance to spread his words of wisdom to young wayward children who believe economics or athletics will limit their potential. Thank you to the sights, the sounds, and the food. Thanks to the moments, memories, and experiences. Thank you to the place I will forever call my home, Danville, Virginia. Its influence and history will always resonate within me. Over the years many Danvillians have moved away in pursuit of personal or professional opportunity. Some succeed and some do not. Some may return and some will not. Even as I write this love letter from 1300 miles away, I have no idea where my travels may end. However, I most assuredly know that no matter where life carries me, no matter how far away I go or how long I stay away, the proud little “City of Churches” situated on the North Carolina border, its resilient people, and its muddy waters will always be a huge part of me and who I am. Danville is the foundation I use as I build a life for myself and my family in a sometimes cruel and unforgiving world. Thank you, Danville for giving me the strength to carry on. One final thought, I would be severely remiss if I did not include a heartfelt thank you to the folks at Emerge! magazine. Thanks for giving us Danvillians a conduit for expression. The emergence (pun intended) of this new voice for our region should be supported and celebrated. It is definitely another vehicle to help us stay connected with the Dan River area and our beloved Danville. Congratulations Emerge! I read the first issue online with hopeful excitement. I delightedly reminisced as I browsed photos of the inaugural gala. The familiar faces of Danville’s native sons and daughters filled me with prideful joy. So, kudos Emerge!, here’s wishing your magazine many years of continued success.
anvillian D d u o r P A Sincerely,
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Put A Ring On It The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil By: La Sheera Lee VCM has done it again. The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil is a thought provoking delight. The book revolves around the Langston family. The Langstons appear to be the modern day Huxtables. However, black clouds loom to rain on their very existence. Will the Langstons be able to survive the decisions and deceptions they face or will the roads they have carved lead them to destruction? Evia is a woman full of love and passion. She has been able to rebound from her crazy childhood. Yes, she has a mother who thinks she is an ATM Machine, her jailbird bother is hustling, and her sister is bouncing around from man to post. However, she has a husband and children that adore her. Evia and her husband have managed to move up like George and Weezy. However, their way of life is being threatened by her husband’s invitation to the recession party. She is looking for a way out of the bash. Her boss offers her a proposition that will end her money troubles. However, we know all that glitters is not gold. Will she be willing to sacrifice her faith, peace, and her man for the love of money? Shay Shaunte is Evia’s boss. She appears to be a woman who has it all. She is successful, beautiful, and popular. However, she feels that she is missing something. The something she is missing is Evia’s husband Adam. She is willing to compensate for her pleasure. However, the price that Evia’s family pays may be the ultimate price. Well, we all know that the devil comes to steal, kill, and destroy. The Deal, the Dance, and the Devil helps remind us of that fact. The ending will leave you breathless. Reading this book is a good way to start your summer. I give this book 4.5 stars out of 5 stars.
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By: La Sheera Lee Now, I know that Hollywood offers you plenty of action this summer. However, I can guarantee that Allison Hobbs latest book, Put a Ring on It, will give you more bang for your book. The plot centers around three women who are trying to obtain that illustrious title of “wifey.” However, each of them will have to battle their own demons to perhaps wear the gown. Nivea is a successful sister who is willing to downsize her expectations to get to the altar. However, when her thug love has some unexpected baby mama drama, she unleashes her Sasha Fierce. She feels that no man is out of her reach; that includes her sister’s fiancé. Will her hurt cause her to hurt the people closest to her? Harlow is woman who has experienced her share of traumatic events in life. She is looking for a Prince Charming to make her dream again, and Drake just may be her dream catcher. He showers her with expensive gifts and makes her feel special. However, Drake may be harboring a dark side that just may make her wish her dreams are make believe. In addition, someone from the past is trying to make her relive the nightmare she called childhood. Vangie is struggling to make ends meet as a single mother. She is tired of chasing down her son’s father. She wants him to step up to the plate and become the father her son needs physically and financially. She is about to give up hope on both ends. However, her ex comes back in the picture jingling cash and presents like Santa Claus. It also doesn’t hurt that he is able to satisfy some of her other needs. Has he made a change or is he just playing games? There are a lot of things you can do in July. However, I suggest you make reading Put a Ring on It, one of your things to do. I give this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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100 & Counting
In 1910, Lewis H. Brooks and his cousin Franklin J. Flood opened the L.H. Brooks Funeral Home in downtown Danville, Virginia. The funeral home was initially located on Wall Street, which has since become known as Market Street. A few years later the funeral home moved around the corner to a new location on Patton Street. This venture was financed by Lewis’ younger half-brother, James Wilson Peters, Sr. While living in New York City, James would send money home to Danville to help finance the funeral home. In the late 1920’s, James‘s mother, Charlotte, urged him to move home to protect his financial interest in L.H. Brooks Funeral Home due to the unexpected illness of his older brother Lewis. Lewis H. Brooks passed away at the age of 41 in 1929 after suffering from a case of acute appendicitis.
L.H. Brooks Funeral Home In 1941, James Peters, Sr., wanted to build what was then a state-of-the-art funeral home, however due to World War II, there was a lack of materials and he was not able to start construction until 1947.
Mr. James Peters Jr. regrettably passed before our publishing date, but he and his family were very instrumental to Emerge! Our heartfelt sympathy and prayers are extended to the Peters family.
James Williams Peters Sr. was truly a visionary. He wore many hats and helped a lot of people during his 84 years on earth. The torch of this family legacy has been entrusted to the capable hands of James William Peters Jr. for the past 40 years. James Peters Jr. followed in his father’s footsteps giving his efforts, energy, and time to help his fellow man until his recent passing. Over the past 100 years, L. H. Brooks has provided professional funeral services to families in the Dan River Region.
Ebenezer Baptist Church Founded in 1848, Ebenezer Baptist Church is the oldest predominately African-American Baptist Church in North Carolina. Under the leadership of Reverend Reuben Wilson, a group of believers organized Ebenezer in a log building in the general vicinity of the present church. With the basement of the log building as a sub floor, a new wooden building was erected around the early 1900s. In 1954, on the third Sunday in November, the congregation marched from the second building to the present brick edifice. Ebenezer was under the leadership of the following able, spirit filled pastors during that time: Reverends Reuben Wilson; J. F. Harraway; F. N. McLaughlin; J. W. Wiley; and W. J. Beard. In 1966, Reverend R. L. Ferrell accepted the call to lead the congregation. Under his divinely inspired leadership many changes took place within the church.
Services were changed to every Sunday rather than one Sunday in the month, Ebenezer became a tithing church, and Wednesday night Bible Study and Prayer Service were also instituted. Another change was their outreach ministries to the community. Ebenezer became one of the first churches in Caswell County to organize a Nurse’s Unit, communion was carried to the sick and shut-in, Holy Communion services were set for the first Sunday in each month at 6:00 p.m., and a nursery was added to the church. Also under the leadership of Reverend Ferrell a new addition to the church was dedicated in 1988. In 1994, Reverend Paul Andrew Jackson was called to succeed Reverend Ferrell whose poor health made it necessary for him to terminate his pastorate of 29 years. Elder Mark T. Gibson was called as
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pastor on December 9, 2003, after the death of Bishop Paul Andrew Jackson on March 23, 2003. Since then, many souls have returned to rededicate their lives to Christ and many have joined through baptism and Christian experience. At present Ebenezer is faithfully and prayerfully acting on the vision to erect a new edifice. On November 20, 2011, Ebenezer will celebrate its 163rd Church Anniversary. Our message is Clear. Our message is Consistent. Our message is Christ!
I pray that you prosper and be in good health even as your soul prospers.” III John 1:2
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Managing Pain at Home
If you are a chronic pain sufferer or experience episodes of what people term as, “good and bad days,“ then you will benefit from knowing how to become a better pain manager. Three keys for managing pain at home are: (1) Appropriately using cold or moist heat applications. (2) Consistently using analgesics, anti-inflammatories, and muscle relaxers and gradually following a weaning process. (3) Performing household tasks in such a manner where you allow time to rest weakened or injured areas. For example, if you have lower back and neck pain that affects your arms and legs, use the tips listed above. If you have to put away several items on a shelf, rest frequently as you put them away. If you have a task that requires greater than two hours to perform, try breaking up the tasks into two sessions. You may choose to alternate mornings and evenings or use an one day/next day concept. You can decrease the Delayed Onset of Muscular Soreness (DOMS), by stretching, never adding more than one new activity a day, and allowing at least two days of recovery before increasing or adding any other new activities. Decreasing
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Did you know that diabetes is most common in African-American, Latin, Native-Americans, Asian-Americans, and Pacific-Islanders? Did you know that men with a waist greater than 40 inches and women with a waist greater than 35 inches and Body Mass Index (BMI) greater than 30 are in a very high category for cardiac diabetes complications? Check out if you fall into one of these categories or are interested in prevention, please refer to these three tools to the right:
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Major Problems confronting the City Government by: Craft Sutton
The issues that should be tackled by today’s leaders in Danville should not be such a long list or such difficult tasks. I believe one of the first issues that should be addressed is the state of several of our neighborhoods. If a person were to drive around the city of Danville, the distribution of wealth is very imminent; for example, the difference between the residential area around Ballou Park and parts of North Main Street. Unfortunately, the current situation of Danville is that the city is tearing down homes which are considered dilapidated. In most instances these homes are in the neighborhoods of African Americans. Another issue is the lack of employment opportunities in the area. Danville use to have a thriving economy fed by Dan River Mills, Goodyear Tire, and other blue collar types of jobs. Unfortunately, with the open trade market of a global economy many of these companies have moved overseas or to Latin America. The downside is that our economy and workforce were left without much to work with; although some measures have been taken to help, there is still much left that needs assistance. A third issue to be addressed, which walks hand in hand with the improvement of our city’s economy, is the unsightly downtown area. With the amount of buildings that are empty, you would think the idea of use would come into play, but it does not look as if ideas have become a reality. It’s time for the ideas to become reality. I truly believe that if our leaders, both in the neighborhoods and city, would come together with the citizens of Danville, then our Danville would not only be more attractive to the citizens, but to businesses which are looking to help restart our struggling economy.
Major Problems confronting the National Government by: Wayne Toomer
In today’s economy the average American citizen with an income between $30,00060,000 dollars a year is finding it difficult to save money and pay their regular house hold expenses such as mortgage, rent, utility bills, health insurance, car payments, medical bills, and college tuition for their children. In addition to all of these these mounting expenses there is a huge unemployment problem in America. Today more than six million Americans are unemployed and have been for the last six to eight months, some even being over a year. Many have lost their homes, cars, and savings, and some have even run out of their unemployment compensation benefits. In many states industries, factories, and business establishments have closed.
In Danville, Virginia, our hometown, the World Largest textile industry, Dan River Mills Incorporated, has closed down causing many former Danville residents to move to other cities and or states, to seek new employment and job opportunities. In Danville, the tobacco industries such as Dimon, Lorillard, Southern Processors, and Dibrells have all closed down. Also many of the stores that were in downtown Danville have closed their doors. President Barack Obama has challenged Congress to pass bills to put the American citizens back to work and to create more job opportunities. We are hoping and trusting that the U.S. Congress will pass legislation to create more jobs and help the American people to get out of this recession. Health Care is another major problem facing American citizens. Today over two million Americans are without health insurance, and President Obama is has challenged Congress to pass legislation to make Health care affordable for all Americans. Today every working American should have a program with their employers that will grant them affordable Health care program.
Iâ€™m Coming Out... Of This By: Selena Lipscomb
This time of the year, I love to see the butterflies in their beautiful splendor flying around. Recently, I sat back and watched as a butterfly landed on a flower. While watching the insect, I thought about the transformation process that this butterfly had just endured. I realized that we as people also have a transformation process that we must endure before we can take flight. Butterflies have four transformation stages before they die. The adult butterfly attaches the eggs to a leaf or a steam, normally something that will be caterpillar food once the egg hatches. From the egg hatches out a long worm with spine-like hairs called a caterpillar. It crawls around eating leaves and other plants as it prepares for winter. The caterpillar then spins what is called a chrysalis for the winter months. This is considered the transformation stage, because around spring the caterpillar does not come out of the chrysalis or cocoon, what does come out is a beautiful butterfly. Humans are not much different than these little insects. We continue to repeat the transformation stages over the course of our lifetime calling them transitions. No, we do not repeat the birthing process, but we do experience new beginnings over and over again. We change roles, start new relationships, both personal and professional; in one way or another we consistently begin again.
Phase One: Parents ideally try and position their children to be prepared to live on their own once they hit maturity. This is considered in caterpillars cycle the egg phase. Phase Two: When we enter adulthood we try our best to survive the elements of life. We dodge letting people step on us to crush our dreams, avoid all of the predators that seek to devour our purpose and destiny, and position ourselves to be secure and safe. This is the caterpillar phase. Phase Three:
This phase is one we tend to revisit more than some of us realize. It is the most important phase of our life. We spend time, money, and energy to make it to this stage, and fine tune our knowledge, skills, and abilities in order to become prepared to exit from this stage in the end. Like the caterpillar we must be prepared to enter our chrysalis stage.
The chrysalis phase allows the caterpillar to slip somewhere safe, and blend into the background while it is preparing to become a butterfly. It is important that we do the same. So often people will not take the time and complete this entire process before moving on. We get in a rush to find love, fame, and fortune before we are prepared. This is why most of us have to repeat this stage time and time again. Life does not always go according to our plans, so when we find ourselves in our little cocoons, that is the time when we must begin again. We may or may not like the way we made it to this stage, but we know our destiny is on the outside of the cocoon. At the moment we realize we are in our transition stage we must begin to bring our mindset into alignment with our visions, dreams, and destiny. When the caterpillar finishes spinning the cocoon it enters knowing it will eventually fly out. While in solitude it needs to strengthen its wings to even get out of the cocoon. We must have the same mindset. The caterpillar makes the transformation alone. It is alone doing what it was born to do; inside the cocoon preparing for its destiny. We are not always going to get the cheers and the pats that we think we deserve, but that should not hinder us from being what we are destined to be. If we want to make it to the butterfly stage of life, we need get into our cocoons all alone, and have a little conversation between our hearts and our heads. We need to take inventory of ourselves knowing we have no idea who or what is going to be waiting for us when we come out of the it. What we should know is that we will come out of our cocoon, and begin a new life as a beautiful butterfly. Some of us may have the same marking or even have the same colors, but our flights will be different. The important thing is that we fly with all our might, and prepare a place for more butterflies to be born. I look forward to seeing you in full flight!
Man Manâ€™s Me Moment
By: Emmanuel Martin
What my mom said was good but let me break it down for you. Everybody will have a different way they look at you. Some people will like you and play with you, some will ignore you and let you do your thing, others will think you are creepy and try to stomp on you. It is because you have a BRIGHT FUTURE ahead of you. If you have to hang out by yourself sometimes, its okay. When you become a butterfly you can fly to places others canâ€™t.
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