Celebrating the History of our
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Celebrating the History of Our Community
C O N T E N T E D I TO R , P U B L I C R E L AT I O N S, & SALES Selena Lipscomb s e l e n a @ e m e r ge va. c o m 434.429.9795
February is black history month. One month of the year reserved to
SALES Larry Oldham l a r r y @ e m e r ge va . c o m 434.728.3713
honor the contributions of African Americans to American society. Here at Emerge! we try to do this every season of the year. Like all communities in our country, Danville has had its own unique history and it’s important to not forget the people and events that have made us who we are. But, at the same time, there is an important thing to keep in mind. If you are walking or even jogging, it’s easy to look around and enjoy the view. You can notice the hummingbird sipping on nectar or the child playing on the bench. You can glance over your shoulder and get a second look at things you may have only caught a glimpse of in passing. But, if you are in a full sprint and you look back over your shoulder, then you will lose your balance and fall over your own feet. Life is truly about knowing when to walk, when to jog, and when to sprint. It’s about knowing when to rest and when to backtrack. Life is about knowing when it’s the right time to look over your shoulder and when it’s the right time to have a laser-like focus on a single point in front of you. It’s about creating momentum and using that momentum to carry you when you get tired. Much has been made recently about the divisions in our society. Too often we are divided by money, divided by religion, divided by color. We are often defined by the way in which we divide ourselves. But, just like in mathematics, when you divide, you come up with something smaller. By default, our society has used these divisions to keep the power from the individuals. I doubt there was some grand plan to segment our society; we all kind of just fell into the patterns that define us. Things have started to change. The internet now allows people to communicate with each other in unprecedented ways. Our interactions with people all over the country and even the world have multiplied. Our access to information, both true and false, has multiplied. It’s time to multiply our expectations. Multiply our goals. Multiply our results. Of course there are still systems and programs in place that are obstacles to success. But, there is truly no limit to what we can accomplish. I challenge you to look at your individual situation, no matter where you are in your life, and decide that things can and will be better. Make friends with someone outside of your world. Seek out someone who has improved their lot in life and ask them how they did it. And listen. Stop talking and start listening. No one is going to give us anything that can improve our life except for a map to success. For some people that map looks a lot like a college curriculum guide. For others that map will look like a job working alongside an entrepreneur who is open to guiding, or even a job doing something that no one else wants to do. No matter what, that map isn’t static. It’s dynamic and ever-changing. Each of us will have a different starting point but for all of us the destination can be the same. We don’t have control over the distance of the journey, but we do have control over how dedicated we are to traveling it. For many of us, our maps seem small. Sometimes it’s our family or our financial standing that makes that map seem small. Other times, there are people who set out to keep us from seeing the whole map. But, if you get out there and start traveling the roads, the map will open up for you and you will realize there are places you can go in this life that you may never have even imagined.
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DANVILLIAN FROM A DISTANCE
Nobody Can Turn Me Around
What Does Our Society Need?
First State Bank
Taxes Done For Free
Put Your Heart Into What You Do
It’s always important to remember the events that have helped
Fayette Area Historical Initiative
change society. Keeping that in mind, this issue of Emerge! is
100 and Counting
going to take you on a journey through time, not only seeing
Violence in Danville
the past, but seeing the future of our area as well. The fight
Shining a Light On Violence
for equality by people such as Reverend Thurman Echols and
From My Library to Yours: Book Reviews
the late Chalmers Mebane, Jr., has given us the freedom share
Identifying the Early Signs of Reading Difficulty
First Lady of Danville
Hymn of History
Keeping It Real
I Am Not the Help
Emerge Gets Fit
Why Are We So Afraid of Who We Are?
Danvillian From a Distance
Everyone can be great…because anyone can serve. - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
stories such as Rob McMannen. Thank you to all of those that have fought for the freedoms and liberties that we all share today. Thank you to those that have dedicated their lives to a life of service to our communities. And, thank you to all of those that are continuing the fight to make our communities healthier, wealthier, and wiser. We would like to offer our condolences to the family of Lawrence M. Clark, who was a well-respected historian, community leader, and educator.
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Nobody Can Turn Me
Around of 1963, the 16 year old vibrant young man, answered the call to challenge business as usual in Danville.
In 2008, a historic event occurred that continues to redefine our world; Barack Obama was elected President of the United States of America. President Obama, during his inauguration address, openly acknowledged the courageous efforts of the Civil Right Movement. One could rationalize that the only reason President Barack Obama does exist is due to the heroic efforts of the pioneers of the Civil Rights Movement. These mavericks of justice dared to fight for equality during a turbulent and dangerous time. Danville, Virginia, which is the last Capital of the Confederacy, was poised for change during the 1960’s Segregation, as in the majority of southern cities, was the status quo of the day. The majority of African Americans were tired of living as second class citizens. During the course of history in Danville, there have been people who have fought for change. One such person who answered the call for equality was Reverend Thurman O. Echols Jr. In the summer
Reverend Echols recalls being ready to make a positive difference in the lives of the community around him. He remembers the substandard housing, employment, and social conditions African Americans suffered at the time. Reverend Echols states how African Americans were not afforded the same shopping or leisure activities as the rest of the community. Viewing the disparities plaguing his community, he knew that changes had to be made. Rev. Echols credits the African American Church as being the catalyst for the movement. He stated that churches were where people met to plan and organize. In particular High Street Baptist Church and Bibleway Church were utilized as meeting grounds for organizers. Rev. Echols also gives reference to Reverends Lendall Chase, Apostle Lawrence Campbell, and Alexander Dunlap, along with Julius Adams and Arthur Pinchback. These men were instrumental in facilitating change in Danville. These men formed the Danville Christian Progressive
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Association. Their association wanted to put an end to the segregation that plagued the city. Therefore, they filed suit against the city of Danville in 1962. According to public records, the men were arrested in 1963 for attempting to integrate a restaurant. In addition, Reverend Echols states he was inspired by the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth who served as a mentor to him. He states that Reverend Shuttlesworth was a man who did not mince words and would inspire the crowds with his passionate speeches. On June 10, 1963, a young Echols found his voice. He led sixty of his peers to the Municipal Building located in Danville, Virginia. Leading a peaceful demonstration, the group carried signs and made demands that their concerns be addressed. However, the group was greeted with nightsticks and hoses. Echols along with two other students were arrested. According to Reverend Echols, the majority of the groups were arrested under a pre-civil war “John Brown Law’ statue against any person conspiring to incite the colored population to insurrection against the white population.” Echols recants that his mother and father were also arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He stated that they arrested his father while he was working at his job at Dan River Mills. According to Historians, Bloody Monday, which occurred in Danville, Virginia, on June 10, 1963, was the site of the most violent Civil Rights Movement in the state of Virginia. Reverend Thurman O. Echols is a man of vision and purpose. It is due to his and others courage that this community is a better place. I would like to personally thank the soldiers of the local Danville Civil Rights Movement for their fight for equality. E
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