Monday, March 2, 2015

America's Only Black Piano-Maker Soldiers on Through Slights and Triumphs

America's Only Black Piano-Maker Soldiers on Through Slights and Triumphs

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Prairie View Mourns the passing of Dr. Waymon T. Webster

The Prairie View A&M University family and the Prairie View community lost another pillar with the passing of Dr. Waymon T. Webster and longtime resident, alumnus and faculty member.

Arrangements for the Viewing and the Celebration of life are as follows: Visitation (Viewing) on Friday, February 20, 2015 from 4-7pm in the Johnson Phillip All Faiths Chapel, Prairie View A&M University. The Celebration of Life is Saturday, February 21, 2015 at 2:00 pm in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Center, Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium at Prairie View A&M University.

In lieu of flowers the Webster family is asking for donations to the Waymon T. Webster Scholarship fund. Donations can be made at the Prairie View Credit Union in person or by mail to below. PO Box 788 Prairie View, Texas 77446

Dr. Webster was born in Hearne, Texas to Mrs. Mary T. Webster and John Webster He was an honor graduate from Blackshear High School in Hearne, Texas. He served two years in the army with an honorable discharge in 1948. He graduated from Prairie View A&M University with a Bachelor and Master of Arts in music. He was band instructor at Kemp High for eleven years and later returned to Kemp High as a counselor. He graduated from the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks and Texas A&M University. There he received his Ph.D. in educational psychology.

Dr. Webster began his teaching career at Prairie View A&M University in 1967. His administrative experience includes: Graduate School Dean; Coordinator of the Off Campus Resident Instruction Program; Director of the Twilight and Weekend Program; Department Head in the Department of Psychology; Director of the Institute to Train Veterans as Junior College Counselors; Department Head in the Department of Counselor Education; Director of Continuing Education; Coordinator of the Counseling Program and Counseling Services.

He served on several boards and councils including: Advisory Committee to Commissioner; Coordinating Board, Texas College and University Systems; Board of Directors of Brazos County Counseling Services; Council of Deans for Texas Colleges and Universities and Graduate Council at Prairie View A&M University.

Dr. Webster received numerous honors throughout his career including: Distinguished Service Award from Kemp High School in Bryan, TX; Distinguished Alumni Award from Blackshear High School in Hearne, TX; Distinguished Service Award from Veterans Institute in Prairie View, TX; Certificate of Recognition Award from University of North Dakota; Service Award from Brazos County Counseling Service in Bryan, TX; Membership Award from the American Personnel and Guidance Association; Service Award from Prairie View A&M University Chapter of Phi Delta Kappa and many more.

Dr. Webster held numerous licenses and certificates including: National Certified Counselors, License Chemical Dependency Counselor, Certified School Counselor, Certified Master Addictions Counselor and many more. He also dutifully served as a consultant in various Texas cities including Houston, Bryan, Abilene, Waller, Hempstead, as well as for NCATE at Southern University, and Community Colleges throughout the State of Texas.

Dr. Webster was an active member of the professional community and was an active member of several organizations including: Phi Delta Kappa (Advisor), Kappa Delta Pi (Member), Chi Sigma Iota (Advisor), American Counseling Association, American Mental Health Counselors Association, International Association of Marriage and Family Counselors and several others.

He is survived by his lovely wife Bernice, two sons Jacques and Travis and a daughter Senora, grandchildren, daughters in law and a son in law, a brother, a sister and a host of relatives and friends.

Monday, February 9, 2015

St. Francis of Assisi to host Lenten Programs

In preparation for Lent, the members of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church invites the public to it Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 17 at 6:00 p.m. and the Ash Wednesday, February 18 services at 6:00 p.m. Members of the public are also invited to the Christian Education and Bible Study at the church every Friday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. Come learn the word and share in the fellowship.

This weekend all roads lead to the Dallas Renaissance Hotel for the members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter and Eta Gamma Chapter to participate in the 51st Anniversary Convention of the Texas Council of Alpha Chapters on February 13-15. The delegation includes chapter presidents Mark Spivey and Ameer McMillan and the Miss Black and Gold Contestants Adebesi Adenji (Eta Gamma) and Kieara Hooey (Epsilon Tau Lambda). Both Chapters are expected to compete in several competitions and hope to repeat as Chapters of the Year.

Lola Lockett Ministries International cordially invite you to their Ladies Gathering on Friday, February 20 at 7pm and Saturday, February 21, 2015 starting at 9am. This year theme is "The Finish Product". Come and join us. To reserve your space register at http;// The Ladies Gathering will be held at Hempstead Recreation Center 635 Business 290 E. Hempstead E. Hempstead, Texas 77445 For more information email or call 832-409-2708

The men of the community are invited to the monthly Men’s Prayer Breakfast on February 21 at 8:30 a.m. in the St. Francis Parish Hall, 204 Dooley Street. Prairie View Mayor Frank D. Jackson is the speaker. The breakfast is free. Please confirm attendance to 936-857-3272 or email The public is also invited to participate in Bible Study on Fridays from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at the church.

The Prairie View Retired Teachers Association, Ann Preston Unit will hold its monthly meeting on February 24, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 204 Dooley Street. The organization was founded on January 31, 1968 and led by Mrs. Anne C. Preston, founder. Interested persons are invited to attend. Mrs. Joyce Thornton is the president.

The City of Prairie View is now accepting applications for the City Secretary position, which became open with the retirement of Mr. Carl Jones from service after six years on January 31, 2015. Persons interested in the position can secure application at City Hall on 44480 US Business 290 or call 936-857-3711. For other city information, visit

The Episcopal Diocese of Texas 166th Council held at the Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel on February 6-7 is now history. The delegates, Mrs. Helen S. Boyer and Mrs. Madolyn Reed, represented the St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church at the council. More than 400 delegates from some 200 churches and missions attended the event to be informed on the activities for the past year. Several workshops on mission and Christian formation, church management and college and youth ministry were conducted. The Rt. Reverend C. Andrew Doyle is the Bishop of the Diocese.

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the Vestry and Church affairs at St. Francis of Assisi as follows: Dr. Glenn Berry, Senior Warden, Dr. Seab Smith, Junior Warden and Mrs. Florine Muse, Treasurer and to Frederick V. Roberts, appointed as the Vestry Clerk. Other members of the vestry are: Mrs. Debra Berry, Ms. Sylvia Cedillo and Mrs. Juanita Walker. The Reverend Dr. Cynthia Engle is the Rector.
The Waller County Democratic Club invites the citizens of Waller County and surrounding areas to "A Night with the Stars" Gala on Friday, March 27, 2015 at 7pm at Hempstead Recreation Center 635 Business 290 E. Hempstead, Texas. The organization is seeking sponsors for the gala through purchasing tables and ads for our souvenir program booklets; and also items for the silent auction. The gala will celebrate and recognize county and local leaders for their achievement and community service. For more information contact, Dr. Lola H. Lockett, Chair @ 832-409-2708 or Dr. Denis Mattox, President 979-645-1664.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for the health and well-being of Ernestine Carreathers, Cube Charleston, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Mae Helen James, Evelyn Jones, David Kirkpatrick, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Theola Woods, Douglas Woolfolk and Arie Yell. A special prayer and condolences to the Herbert Tomas Family on the passing of his mother Christineta Stephens on February 9. Funeral services are pending.

HAPPY FEBRUARY BIRTHDAY WISHES TO: Lee Henderson (9), Rose M. Jackson (10), Angela McMorris (10), Frank Yepp (12), Wendell C. Baker (14), Frederick Roberts (14), Royce Royston (14), Hattie Wells (14), Karen Daniels (16), Stephanie Taylor (16), Darryl Kemp (17), Joseph Diamond Harrison (17), Everett Fredholm (18), Dianne Thomas (20), Juanita Pennywell (20), Irene Wallace (21), George E. Higgs (22), Mogongwa Nnana (22), Johnson Ezeoka Jr. (22), Luther Francis (24), Deynese Kirkpatrick (24), James Kent Tompkins (25) and Kevin Carreathers and Wyiatta Freeman (26). HAPPY ANNIVERSARY GREETINGS TO: Herbert & Dianne Thomas (20), Mary Ann Palmer-Spring (21) and Kevin Carreathers (26). Happy Anniversary: Herbert & Dianne Thomas (20), Carol & Leonard Campbell (21), Munson & Linda Durham (24) and James & Norma Tompkins (24).

A VIEW FROM THE HILL: Prairie View A&M University continued it Black History Programs and President’s Lecture Series with a special appearance of Dr. Richard J. Reddick, associate professor of higher education leadership and coordinator of the master’s specialization in College and University Student Personnel Administration at the University of Texas in Austin. The event was held on February 10 in the Don Clark Auditorium. Reddick shared his experiences and reflected on Black history and the advances made through education. He encouraged the students to take full advantage of their educational experiences and to give back to their communities. Reddick’s prior experiences include an elementary and middle school teacher in inner city Houston and a student affairs administrator at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and Emory University. He holds the bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas, master’s and doctoral degrees in administration, planning and social policy and higher education at Harvard University in 1998 and 2007, respectively.

Congratulations to Mr. Roger Thomas, III, on his first runner up position in the recent Mr. HBCU Pageant held at Lincoln University, Jefferson City, Missouri on February 7. Roger is Mr. Prairie View A&M University and seeks to become an agent of change leading the current generation of Panthers on a journey and to improve their community both locally and globally.

The Staff of Career Services will host its 2015 Spring Career Fair on February 20 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM in the Willie A. Tempton MSC Ballroom at Prairie View A&M University. More than 80 companies, governmental and educational entities are expected to participate in this year’s event. The department will host some pre-career fair seminars in resume’ writing, appropriate attire and mock interviews. Members of the Collegiate 100 and Epsilon Gamma Iota are expected to assist with the pre-career fair events. For information visit:

Until next week, in the words of Elisabeth Kubler-Ross "People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” Keep the news, achievements and recognitions coming to P. O. Box 2906, Prairie View, Texas 77446 or

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Prairie View Mayor Frank D. Jackson Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

Prairie View Mayor Frank D. Jackson is the speaker for the monthly Men’s Prayer Breakfast set for July 19, 2014 at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church in Prairie View. The event begins at 8:30 a.m. with networking and breakfast in the church’s Parish Hall.

Mayor Jackson will provide an update on his administration, accomplishments in the city, the Mayor’s Senior Outreach Project in collaboration with the 2104 ACCESS students of Prairie View A&M University. Economic development and the various "Sister Cities" initiatives with Belize, Columbia, Ghana and Mexico, and the pending relationship with Haiti. Frank D. Jackson was elected Mayor for the City of Prairie View, Texas on May 4, 2002. He is seeking reelection for a seventh term in May 2014.

During his tenure as Mayor Frank D. Jackson worked cooperatively with members of the City Council to adopt the first City – Countywide Emergency Management Plan; install a traffic light at the intersection of University Drive & Owens Road; adopted the City’s Comprehensive Development Plan and Zoning Ordinance, and the City’s Strategic Plan; provided leadership to pass the City’s 1st bond initiative since 1975 to make critical upgrades to the water & waste water systems to include a complete refurbishment of the City’s water tower and tripling the capacity of the City’s main (Alta Vista) lift station , pave every street in the City with hot-mix asphalt, and build the 1st City owned City Hall & Municipal Court Building; erect a Welcome to City of Prairie View sign with flags on US 290; landscape major intersections; erect the “Fences Project” that recognizes the historic 14 Farm Families of PV; implement the bi-annual Panthers At Work City-wide Clean up involving the University and Community; widen University Drive from the entrance to Prairie View A&M University to Business 290 to a 5 lane boulevard with bicycle lanes, sidewalks and street lights; adopt a “Down Town Overlay Plan” that with guide a uniform and beautiful development of down town Prairie View; purchased property to build a City owned Retail Center.

Mayor Frank D. Jackson authored the 1st book on the history of the City of Prairie View, Texas entitled “A Brief History of The City of Prairie View” and also “Juneteenth.”

In addition to being mayor, Jackson the Director of Government Relations at Prairie View A&M University, President and Fire Chief of the Prairie View Volunteer Fire Fighting Association, Inc., and Past Master of Lone Star Lodge # 85 – Hempstead, Texas and currently serves as Grand Historian for the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Texas. He is an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter – Prairie View, Texas.

Mr. Jackson is married to Marian Elaine Jones and is the father of four children, Tracy, Ayanna, Cheikh & Okofo. The Jackson’s have two grandchildren Chazrel & Simone.

Mayor Jackson strives to live by the Motto: “Regardless of the phenomenon that we encounter in this life, it will be a whole lot better if we just do it together.”

The breakfast is free and we ask that you confirm your attendance by calling 936-857-3272 or email:

Friday, January 9, 2015

Prairie View Councilman Rowland is speaker at Men’s Prayer Breakfast at St. Francis of Assisi

Prairie View Council Member Brian E. Rowland is the featured speaker for the Men of St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church on January 17 at 8:30 a.m. at the Church on 204 Dooley Street.

Rowland’s focus will be the kickoff of the My Brother’s Keeper Action Summit (MBK), a part of the White House initiative launched by President Barak Obama. Prairie View is one of seven Texas Cities out of 100 cities selected for the program and will report its actions at the MBK Community Challenge National Convening in Washington, D.C. later in January.

The MBK Community Challenge is a call to action for community leaders to implement a coherent cradle-to-college and career strategy aimed at improving life and outcomes for youth in America. Rowland will also share his experiences and participation in a myriad of activities to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Prairie View.

Rowland was first elected to the council in 2004 and has been an instrumental and influential force in the successful restoration of the Prairie View A&M University student’s essential right to vote in the city and county. He’s worked to ensure fair voter representation in election district boundaries through the federal court case in 2010 as part of his service with the NAACP. Rowland is supported resolution in opposition to the creation of a landfill in Waller County, not a popular move for a sitting council member.

Rowland holds the Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Tarleton State University, the Bachelors and Masters of Business Administration degrees and the Master’s Degree in Community Development with certification in community planning and fundraising from Prairie View A&M University. He is completing the dissertation for the PhD in Educational Leadership, also from Prairie View A&M University.

He has received many awards and recognitions for his distinguished services to uplift humanity and enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Prairie View, including Young Champions of Justice Award from The Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights. Brian continues to serve his community through numerous affiliations including: Prairie View Federal Credit Union Board Member; Prairie View Chamber of Commerce-1st Vice President; Prairie View Volunteer Fire Department-Member; Prairie View Athletic Club-Historian; Board of Adjustment & Appeals for the City of Prairie View; NAACP-Life Member; Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. former President; Houston Area Urban League-Young Professionals; Prairie View National Alumni Association-Life Member, Texas Municipal League-Member, Texas Association of Black City Council Members, Boy Scouts Troop 1906- former Scoutmaster and the Texas and National Black Caucus Co-Director for the Young Elected Officials Network.

Brian is a financial advisor with VOYA Financials, formerly ING Financials, a position he’s held for the past twelve years. For more information on Rowland visit

All men and women who support programs for minority males in the community are invited to the free breakfast and fellowship. Please call 936-857-3272 or email, to confirm attendance. The members of the community are also invited to attend the Friday nights Bible Study and Christian Education at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall; and also attend services on Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Former PVAMU Professor Lucius R. Wyatt to address Alpha Phi Alpha Founders Day

The members of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. in Prairie View join Alphas around the world in commemorating its 108th Anniversary with a special Founders’ Day Observance Program on December 7, 2014. The program begins at 5:00 p.m. in the Johnson Phillip All Faith Chapel at Prairie View A&M University. The speaker for the occasion is Dr. Lucius R. Wyatt, a retired Professor of Music and former head of the department of Music and Theatre at Prairie View A&M University.

The program is open to the public and is being hosted by the Eta Gamma Chapter (PVAMU), Epsilon Tau Lambda (Prairie View), Pi Omicron (TAMU) and Pi Alpha Lambda (College Station) Chapters, and Sigma Gamma Lambda (Cypress-Katy), all members of Area IX of the Fraternity.

In Wyatt’s 32 years at the university he held several positions including Chairman of the university’s Performing Artists Series for fourteen years, director of the PVAMU Symphonic Band which presented more than 120 concerts on the campus and in cities of the Southwest and released four compact disc of concert music. He is the author of more than twenty-five articles on African American music published in books and journals. He formerly served as director of bands at Tuskegee University, and was elected as the Alabama College Band Director of the Year. During his military service he was a musician stationed with the US Army in Heidelberg, Germany.

Wyatt is an honors graduate of Florida A&M University who later earned the degrees Master of Music and the PhD in music theory from the prestigious Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York. Among his many honors is his election to Who’s Who in America, the recipient of two New Achiever awards from PVAMU, a Visiting Scholar at North Carolina Central University, and he was awarded a doctoral fellowship by the Southern Fellowships Fund, Inc., of Atlanta. He is a member of the Prairie View First United Methodist Church where he serves on the Board of Trustees. Wyatt and his wife Christine organized and directed the Annual Christmas Cantata with singers and musicians from churches in the community for twenty-three years. He is the former president of the Prairie View Retired Teachers and School Personnel Association and a fifty-year member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., and a member of Epsilon Tau Lambda Chapter in Prairie View.

Since its founding, the fraternity has provided leadership and service during the Great Depression, World War II, Civil Rights Movements, and addressed social issues such as apartheid and urban housing, and other economic, cultural, and political issues affecting people of color. The fraternity’s mentoring, academic achievement and voter education programs and its relationships with the March of Dimes, Big Brothers Big Sisters and Boy Scouts are priority-one for the fraternity. Some of its major programs include the Million Dollar Contribution to the National Urban League, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and the United Negro Scholarship Fund and its lead role in the management and construction of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial on the Washington Mall. Dr. King was one of the most revered brothers of the fraternity. Attorney Harry E. Johnson, Sr., the fraternity’s 31st General President serves as the President of the MLK Foundation. The fraternity is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland with Mr. Mark Tillman as the General President.

The fraternity’s membership is more than two hundred thousand college trained men dispersed in more than 1,500 college and 900 alumni chapters throughout the United States, Korea, Europe and the Caribbean. Some of its prominent members are Justice Thurgood Marshall, Congressmen Emmanuel Cleaver, Al Green, William Gray, Ralph Metcalf and Charles Rangel; Ebony Publisher John H. Johnson, former PVAMU presidents Alvin I. Thomas, E. B. Evans, Charles Hines and E. B. Evans; Mayors Lee P. Brown, David Dinkins, Maynard Jackson, Frank Jackson, Raymond E. Carreathers, Jiles P. Daniels, Sr., Michael Wolfe and Ernest Morial, Texas Representatives Al Edwards, Sylvester Turner, Boris Miles and Ronal Reynolds; musicians Duke Ellington, Quincy Jones and Lionel Richie; Rhodes Scholar and Activist Paul Robeson, W. E. B. DeBois; Olympian Jesse Owens, and legendary coaches Eddie Robinson and Lenny Wilkins, to name a few.

Contact: Frederick V. Roberts – 979-221-8430

Monday, November 17, 2014

State Legislator, Business Professionals and University Athletes to receive Power 100 Awards

Prairie View, Texas – The members of the Collegiate 100 and 100 Collegiate Women of Prairie View A&M University will present the Power 100 Awards at its Black Tie Scholarship Awards Gala on November 22, 2014 in the Willie A. Tempton Student Center Ballroom at university.

The 2014 Honorees are Mr. Khambrel Marshall, TV Anchor for KPRC, Mr. Roy Perry, Chairman of the Prairie View A&M Foundation, The Honorable, Senfronia Thompson, Texas State Representative, and the Baseball and Women Soccer Teams of Prairie View A&M University. We will also pin and present our new members as we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the organization.

"These persons were selected for this honor because of their achievement and commitment to excellence,” says Patrick Gray, former president of Collegiate 100. “When we decided to host this event we thought about the impact these persons have made on the community these past years and thought it befitting to honor them for Keeping it 100®”

Ms. Glenda Jones, Director for Career Services at Prairie View A&M University is the Mistress of Ceremonies with Dr. Frazier Wilson as the Keynote Speaker.

The gala is a major event for the Collegiate 100 which was re-chartered at the university in March 2011. The organization was created at Prairie View A&M University in 1993. Funds raised from the event will support the chapter’s mentoring programs, scholarships to students and other special programs.

Past Power 100 Award recipients are State Representatives Alma Allen and Sylvester Turner, Mayors Frank D. Jackson and Michael Wolfe, Professors George Brown and Kelvin Kirby and the PVAMU Women’s Basketball, Men’s Track and Bowling teams.

Current and past programs that have impacted the university community include the Career Expo, held prior to the University Career Festival, Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon distribution, American Cancer Society Relay for Life, Mentoring the 100 Way with the Freshmen, College Tour for elementary through high school students and Voter Registration Drives.

The Collegiate 100 is an auxiliary organization of the 100 Black Men of America and is sponsored at Prairie View A&M University by the 100 Black Men of Metro Houston, Inc. The mission is to support the 100 in its four for the future programs: mentoring, education, health and wellness and economic empowerment to improve the quality of life of the community.

For information, visit ABOUT THE COLLEGIATE The Collegiate 100 is an auxiliary organization of the 100 Black Men of America and is sponsored at Prairie View A&M University by the 100 Black Men of Metro Houston, Inc. The mission is to support the 100 in its four for the future programs: mentoring, education, health and wellness and economic empowerment to improve the quality of life of the community. Contact: Benecia Curtis, Gala Chairperson P. O. Box 5433 Prairie View, TX 77446 Phone: 408-613-9175

John W. Osby is the speaker for the Men’s Prayer Breakfast

Mr. John W. Osby is the speaker for the Men’s Prayer Breakfast set for November 15, 2014 at 8:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 204 Dooley Street in Prairie View.

Osby will share his experiences growing up in Houston's 3rd Ward as well as his involvement with the Prairie View A&M Foundation.

Osby has more than 34 years with DuPont in a variety of Engineering and Business Related roles. His current responsibilities as Regional Engineering Manager for the Gulf Coast and Western US, consists of leading the execution of all Capital Projects and programs.

John formerly served as the Strategic Sourcing Manager for Engineered Equipment and Engineering Services Contracts globally. After serving Advanced Fibers Systems product line as the Business Engineering Manager.

Following a brief stint with Brown and Root in Houston, John moved to South Carolina to join DuPont in the Construction Division and later moved into Engineering design for products such as Automotive Finishes, Lycra®, Kevlar ® and Nomex®. His tenure with DuPont has taken him to operations around the world including Japan, China and Europe.

In each of his domestic relocations, John has lead his church family in a capital campaign to build a new worship center.

John received a B. Arch from Prairie View A&M University and has completed several training and development from professional organizations.

He is Vice Chairman of the Prairie View A&M Foundation Board of Trustees and an active member of the University of Houston Civil and Environmental Industry Advisory Board. He is also a member of several personal and professional organizations including Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., where he served as president of the Eta Gamma Chapter.

Osby is married to Jackie and they have two daughters Ashton and Kayla.

The Free breakfast is open to the men of the community. Please confirm attendance at 936-857-3272 or

The members of the community are also invited to attend the Friday nights Bible Study and Christian Education at 7:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall; and also attend services on Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Reverend Fletcher Wllliams is the Men's Breakfast Speaker at St. Francis of Assisi

The Men of St. Francis of Assisi will host its Men’s Prayer Breakfast on August 16 at 8:30 a.m. at the church on 204 Dooley Street in Prairie View. Reverend Fletcher Williams is the speaker. Reverend Williams is one of the first farm families to settle in Prairie View. He is also a minister of the Gospel, pasturing two churches in Caldwell and Washington on the Brazos; a local farmer and community leader. The free breakfast is open to all the men of the community. Please confirm attendance at 936-857-3272 or

The Prairie View Family is mourning the passing of Mrs. Nellie Charleston on August 10, 2014. Funeral arrangements for Mrs. Charleston are set for August 16, beginning with a viewing from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Johnson Phillip All Faith Chapel at Prairie View A&M University. The funeral service starts at 11:00 a.m. Condolences and expressions may be sent to the Nellie Charleston Family, P. O. Box 507, Prairie View, TX 77446.

The members of the First United Methodist Church in Prairie View invite the public to its 2nd Annual Brims and Crowns Extravaganza on August 16 at the Waller Baptist Church, 2520 Cherry Street. The event will feature performances from the Voice of Distinction, a Jazz Quartet, Praise Dancers and a motivational message from Ms. Phyllis Spates of Hempstead. Donation for the event is $20, which will support programs at the church. For information, call 936-857-3584.

The ‘Red Hot Summer’s Night in August’ and the 8th Annual Red & White Fireman’s Ball is set for August 23, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr. Memorial Student Ballroom at Prairie View A&M University. Waller County area farmers, ranchers, cowboys and cowgirls will be honored at the ball. Special awards will be presented to fire station personnel as well. The committee invites members of the community to sponsor items for its silent auction and purchase tickets and ads for the public event. Proceeds will support equipment and operations of the Fire Department. For information, contact: Belinda Lewis at

The 3D Mathematics Academy of Prairie View is now receiving applications for membership for the 2014-2015 school year. Full academy membership runs Monday through Friday after school until 5:30 p.m. with van pick up in Waller ISD only. Space is limited to 10-12 for students in grades 3 to 12 in science and mathematics. 3D ExTRA students receive homework and Test Review, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday - 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm in 45 minute to 1 hour overlapping sessions. The first semester runs September 8-December 16. Call 936-857-3534 for more information and appointments from August 11 to August 15, 1 pm to 6 pm.

Congratulations to DeWayne Charleston on the release of his book “Then Me: The United States vs. Waller County” on The book recounts Charleston’s life growing up in Waller County, his trials, tribulations and triumphs, and his becoming an advocate for the people in the community. It also chronicles his struggles between religion and politics, and his own battles with racism, which could be anyone’s story. Charleston hopes the book will be a supplemental reading for the social and political sciences at the high school and college levels. Charleston will make a free donation of the books to students in leadership at the Prairie View A&M University on August 25, 2014.

Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Ernestine Carreathers, Keith Bowdre, The Nellie Charleston Family, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Mae Helen James, David Kirkpatrick, Irene Reid, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Theola Woods and Douglas Woolfolk. May God’s peace be with you!

HAPPY AUGUST BIRTHDAY TO: Lauretta Burke (10), Blessing Ezeoka (10), Gwendolyn Jeffery (10), Vanessa Jackson (11), George Brown (12), Georgia Stewart (12),Arthrayia Love Tompkins (12), Stephon Nathaniel Martin, Jr. (13), Danny Kelly (14). LaKethia Harrison (15), Janelle Siaffa (16), Marion Williams (16), Charlie Brown (17), Christopher Ryan Starks (17), Shadia Fuller Washington (17). Lucius R. Wyatt (18), JoAnn Blake (19),Timothy McWashington (19), Frank T. Hawkins (20), James Tompkins (20), Amy Boykin (23), Marguerite Robinson (23), Cecil Boykin (24), Iris Sawyer (25), Jessie M. Tompkins (26), Desire'e Boykin (26), Cheryl Manuel (27), Elaine Francis-Shafer (27) and Cheryl Williams Manual (27). HAPPY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY TO: Cecil & Amy Boykin (18), Don & Beatrice Sowell (18),Ural and Crystal Thompson (22), Waymon and Bernice Webster (24), Edward and Pearl Martin (24) and David and Lorraine Kirkpatrick (26).

The Prairie View Chamber of Commerce will host its monthly meeting on August 28 at 6 p.m. at George E. Higgs Prairie View National Alumni Headquarters on University Drive. City and county officials are invited to update the members on their activities for the month. All business and prospective owners are invited to attend. Come on out and help to improve the business development in the city.

THE VIEW FROM THE HILL: Today, August 14 marks the 138th year of Prairie View A&M University’s creation. It was on August 14, 1876, when the fifteenth Texas Legislature created the Agriculture and Mechanical College of Texas at Bryan and the Alta Vista College for Colored Youth on the Kirby Plantation in Waller County. After several name changes, including Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College, the legislature endorsed Prairie View A&M University with legislative action on August 15, 1973. The “A&M” is the official symbol for the system and the university.

On August 18-19, the Prairie View A&M University will host its fall faculty and staff retreat in the Opal Johnson Smith Auditorium in the Willie A. Tempton, Sr. student center. President George C. Wright and other administrators will lay out the goals and objectives for 2014-15, introduce new faculty and staff and recognize others for their services and achievement for the 2013-14 year. The program will conclude with an “All White Affair” reception in the center’s on August 20 from 3:00 pm. to 5:00 p.m.

Friends, colleagues and other well-wishers are gearing up to pay homage to Dr. E. Joahnne Thomas Smith with “A Summer’s Evening Celebration,” commemorating her 18 years of dedicated service as Senior Vice President and Provost of Academic Affairs at Prairie View A&M University. The gala event is set for September 5 with a reception at 6:00 p.m. followed by the banquet at 7:00 p.m. at the Hilton of Americas Houston, 1600 Lamar Street, Houston. The semi-formal event will mark an era of teaching, research and service of Dr. Thomas-Smith to higher education in Texas. For ticket information, contact the office of academic affairs at 936-261-2170.

Kudos to Dr. George C. Wright on his eleventh anniversary as president of Prairie View A&M University. Dr. Wright was officially named the seventh president on August 15, 2003. Kudos also to Dr. Michael McFrazier on the first anniversary in his Vice President for Administration and to Dr. Terence Hicks in his position as dean of the Whitlowe R. Green College of Education at PVAMU.

Prairie View A&M University is bidding goodbye to Dr. Marion Billingsley who served as Associate Vice President for Student Affairs from 2009. Billingsley will leave the position on August 31 to become Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs at North Carolina Central University. The student affairs staff plans to host a reception for Billingsley within the week.

Until next week, in the words of Malcolm X, “Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Keep the news, achievements and recognitions coming to or Prairie View Today, P.O. Box 2906, Prairie View, TX 77446.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

PVAMU Benjamin Banneker Honors College Dean Jewel Prestage Passess

Dr. Jewel Limar Prestage former Dean of the Benjamin Banneker Honors College at Prairie View A&M University passed away on August 1, 2014 in Houston, Texas.

Prestage was on of sixteen children born on August 12, 1931, in Hutton, Louisiana to proud parents Brudis Leroy Limar, Sr. and Sallie Bell Johnson Limar.

The family later moved to Alexandria, Louisiana, where she received the majority of her education, graduating as valedictorian from Peabody High School at the age of 16. Jewel accepted Christ at an early age and was baptized at True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Alexandria.

Prestage went to earn her Bachelors from Southern University in Baton, Rouge in 1951, then the Masters degree from University of Iowa in 1952 and at the age of 22, her PhD in 1954. During her graduate education, Jewel married James in 1953 upon his return from military service in Korea.

Jewel began her illustrious teaching career at Prairie View A&M University in 1954 and after two years she returned Southern University as a faculty member, subsequently becoming department chair and then dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, a position she held until her retirement in 1989. In recognition of her contributions, Southern conferred upon her the status of Distinguished Professor Emeritus. Under her leadership and mentoring, a generation of students received academic preparation that led them to graduate and professional schools. Those students represent 45 PhDs and over 200 lawyers, judges, elected officials, administrators, commissioned military officers, and business executives. After retiring from Southern, Jewel returned to Prairie View A&M University as professor of political science and subsequently, dean of the Benjamin Banneker Honors College the first of its kind at an HBCU.

Funeral Arrangements for Dr. Jewel Prestage who passed on August 3, 2014 in Houston is set for Saturday, August 9, 2014 at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church, 3826 Wheeler Avenue, Houston, beginning with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Ivy Beyond the Wall Ceremony at 1:30 pm. Viewing runs from 2 pm - 3 pm at the church with the service beginning at 3 pm.

Prestage is survived by her husband of 60 years, Dr. James Jordan Prestage; five children, Terri Prestage-White (Patrick), James Grady Prestage (Fheryl), Eric Warren Prestage, Karen Prestage Washington (Lionel) and Jay Wilkins Prestage; two brothers, George Limar (Sonja) and Eugene Limar; two sisters, Annetta Limar Brock (Warren) and Ordia Limar Gee (Albert); nine grandchildren, one great-grandchild; many nieces & nephews, cousins, godchildren and friends. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Jewel Prestage Award in Political Science, c/o The University of Iowa Foundation, P.O. Box 4550, Iowa City, IA 52244-4550; or to The Jewel Limar Prestage Mentorship Award, c/o National Conference of Black Political Scientists, 14000 Hwy 82 West, MVSU 5098, Itta Bena, MS 38941-1400

Condolences may be sent to: The Jewel Prestage Family, c/o Sugar Land Mortuary, 1818 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Let us continue to keep the entire Prestage family in our thoughts and prayers.

For more information contact the Mortuary at 281-277-1818.