Thursday, June 19, 2014
Celebrating Juneteenth's 149th Anniversary
Ruby Dee, who passed on June 12, 2014. Miss Dee’s career in the arts and the civil rights movement span some eighty years. She was one of the few Black artists to be nominated for the academy awards, grammy and tony awards. Dee received many awards including the coveted Kennedy Honors and Presidential Freedom Award. Ruby Dee and her husband Ossie Davis also made a trek to Prairie View A&M University in the 1980’s. I remember their performance of Winnie and Nelson Mandella, which was a foretelling of how South Africa would be under a free Nelson Mandella. Those were days my friend when the greats among us visited Prairie View A&M University. The Prairie View Community is morning the loss of two outstanding pillars, first in the person of Mrs. Vivian Jeffery, former staff member of Prairie View A&M University who passed June 15, 2014. Funeral services for Mrs. Jeffery is set for June 21, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. in the Johnson Phillip All Faith Chapel. Condolences may be sent to the Vivian Jeffery Family, c/o Singleton & Sons Funeral Home, 627 New Orleans Street, Hempstead, Texas 77445. Next is Mrs. Esel Bell, former postmaster for the Prairie View Post Office and long time resident of Prairie View who passed on June 19, 2014. Services for Mrs. Bell is as follows: The Viewing is from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, June 27 with Wake at 7:00 p.m. in the Johnson Phillip All Faith Chapel at Prairie View A&M University. The funeral service is on Saturday, June 26 at 11:00 a.m. at the Mount Corinth Missionary Baptist Church in Hempstead. Condolences may be sent to the Esel Bell Family, c/o Singleton & Sons Funeral Home, 627 New Orleans Street, Hempstead, Texas 77445. Your prayers and encouragement are welcomed for Esel Bell, Ernestine Carreathers, William H. Chapman, Irene Davis, B. J. Freeman, Betty Hall, Timothy Hall, Mae Helen James, David Kirkpatrick, James Poindexter, Irene Reid, Willie Smith, Mary Ann Stubblefield, Theola Woods and Douglas Woolfolk. May God’s peace be with you! Kudos to the members of the Collegiate 100 and 100 Collegiate Women of America and at Prairie View A&M University who recently attended the National Convention of the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and the Collegiate 100 in Hollywood, Florida on June 11-15. Members attending were Alexandria Hall, Gabrielle Scott and Ashley Mills, president of the 100 Collegiate, Jonathan Amos, Trevino Thomas and Cameron Gordon, president of the Collegiate 100, along with advisors Mrs. Shadia Washington, Dr. Clement Glenn and Frederick V. Roberts. Other delegates from Texas Southern University and the 100 Black Men of Metro Houston, Inc. were also in attendance. The delegates participated in several workshops and seminars ranging from leadership, career development, professional and personal development and community service. Featured speakers included Civil Rights Attorney Thomas Todd, U.S. Representative Al C. Hasting, LT. General John Honore and Business Professor, Dr. Dennis Kimbro, who all addressed the convention’s team, Education in An Era of Ch ange: Ensuring Excellence for African American Youth. Prairie View A&M’s own Terry Ellis, a member of EnVogue provided entertainment for the gala. Curley S. Dossman, Jr., Vice President with Georgia Pacific is the president of 100 Black Men of America, Inc., with Attorney Bert Jennings as president of the 100 Black Men of Metro Houston, Inc.