Yes, it takes a village and The Daddyman Project aims to accomplish that feat on May 23 at 6:30 p.m. in Green Run High School in Virginia Beach.
The free event is sponsored by Gentleman Making A Change, a mentoring group that has served over 600 male students since it was launched in Virginia Beach 11 years ago. Seko Varner is the coordinator of Gentleman Making A Change.
When the event starts, on May 23, three male students will introduce the keynote speakers: two authors and a coach.
Author Bobby Huntley will discuss his 2014 book, “Mothers, Please,” an 85-page self-help book that argues a single mother cannot teach a boy how to be a man. Author Eddie Howard will discuss, “Still Convicted,” a 156-page book that describes Howard’s descent into addiction and ascent into 18 years of sobriety. Coach Cadillac Harris, the assistant football coach at Indian River High, will discuss the village. Harris says the village is comprised of educators, parents, and relatives who guide by setting positive examples.
Huntley said he looks forward to participating in the event. Several mothers urged him to write his book, Mothers, Please. I want to help mothers be “boys instead of inmates,” he said.
“In my book, I list eight mistakes that mothers make in raising their sons,” Huntley said. “The No. 1 mistake that single mothers make is telling a son in a single-parent home that he is the only man in the house. But that does not make him a man. That puts too much pressure on that boy because he does not have the maturity to be a man.”
Another person who is looking forward to the event is Tiniki Riddick, who has two sons, ages 16 and 21.
“I attended the program last year and truly enjoyed it,” Riddick said. “I walked away understanding how I could improve my relationships. To me, last year’s program helped me see there is light at the end of the tunnel. It was a blessing to me as a single mother.”
Riddick added, “When I got home I tried to be cautious of putting too much responsibility on my son to be the absent man in the house. Now I try to be cautious of how I handle being a mother.”
Seko Varner, coordinator of Gentleman Making A Change, said, “These programs have helped our students make some positive changes in their life but the missing piece has been their parents,” Varner said. “This program focuses on young men and their parents. We give them information that will help them become better men.”
Hampton University held its 147th annual Commencement exercises on Mothers’ Day morning (May 14) at Armstrong Stadium. The commencement speaker was Katherine Johnson, whose behind-the-scenes work with the NASA space program in the 1960’s was highlighted in the movie “Hidden Figures.”
Johnson computed the launch window for astronaut Alan Shepard’s 1961 Mercury mission. She was tasked with making calculations to propel space capsules into orbit around the moon and to send landing units to and from the lunar surface. In 1962, she verified the computer calculations for John Glen’s orbit around the Earth. She also calculated the trajectory for the 1969 Apollo flight to the moon. HU President William R. Harvey conferred upon Johnson the Doctor of Science degree. Due to her advanced age, 98, Johnson’s remarks were video-taped for the audience. She urged the graduates to take advantage of their opportunities and to develop a love for learning. Johnson has three daughters who are HU graduates.
The New Chesapeake Men for Progress Education Foundation, Inc. celebrated its Ninth Annual Black Male Achievement and Scholarship Breakfast Award program Saturday May 6, 2017 at the Chesapeake Conference Center. Approximately 600 students, parents, State delegates, Congressman, city officials and sponsors attended the event.
Chesapeake Mayor, The Honorable Alan P. Krasnoff, and David Washington, President of the New Chesapeake Men for Progress, welcomed guests, and Delvin Joppy, Senior, Indian River Middle School sang the National Anthem. In explaining the occasion, George F. Reed pointed out the significance of the students’ achievements, and applauded the academic success of the city’s schools.
Reed noted the Chesapeake School District is number one among the seven cities that constitute Hampton Roads with the highest on-time graduation rate.
The Honorable C. E. Cliff Hayes, Jr., Delegate, 77th District, VA House of Delegates, introduced the keynote speaker, Edward H. Baine, PE., Senior Vice, Distribution for Dominion Virginia Power. Mr. Baine focused his speech on passion, preparation, persistence and promise.
Addressing the middle and high school students, Mr. Baine encouraged them to develop a passion and purpose for their career and life; prepare continuously and never stop learning; be persistent in their pursuits and seek help when needed; and fulfill the promise of a good life and believe in yourself. He spoke from personal experience as he has excelled as a professional Engineer, MEGA Mentor, corporate leader, and father of three boys.
Dr. Anita B. James, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Chesapeake Public Schools, and David K. Ropp, City President, Towne Bank, congratulated the students on their success and encouraged them to continue their education.
The Foundation President, Dr. William E. Ward, and Dr. Darnell Johnson, Chairman, Education and Scholarship Committee, presented Academic Achievement Awards to 10 middle school students, one from each of Chesapeake’s 10 middle schools, for their academic achievements and leadership. The middle school initiative is a partnership between the Foundation and Chesapeake Public Schools designed to reduce the dropout rate and increase the academic success of Black male students.
Seven high school students, one from each of Chesapeake’s seven high schools, were awarded $1,000 scholarships and 13 students were awarded $200 book stipends. Since 2010, the Foundation has awarded $108,000 in scholarships and book stipends and approximately $3,000 in school supplies to its adopted Title I schools in the City.
The President, Dr. William E. Ward presented the Foundation’s Dr. James R. Jackson Public Service Award to Councilwoman, Dr. Ella P. Ward, for her public and educational service to the City, and State. The Community Service award was posthumously presented to Harriett Fulford Goodrich, in honor of long-time Foundation member and community servant, Eugene Andrew Goodrich. Colonel William Clayton Bennett was awarded the President’s Award for his commitment and work to increase the Foundation’s membership and fundraising initiatives.
The Honorable C. E. Cliff Hayes, Jr., presented from the Commonwealth of Virginia General Assembly, House Resolution Number 430, commending the Foundation for granting scholarships to minority students, school supplies to Title I schools, and being a respectful organization that take pride in embracing the values of leadership, integrity, excellence, and impacting the lives of children in the Commonwealth and nation.
Towne Bank and Dominion Resources were Silver Sponsors of this event. Other major sponsors included Tidewater Community College, Hearndon Construction, Norfolk State University, Hassell and Folkes, PC. The Dragas Companies, Channing Pfeiffer/TBA, Dr. Darnell Johnson, Dr. William E. Ward, and Domingo Gonzalez, CLTC.
The Norfolk (VA) Chapter of Links Inc. sponsored its Annual A. B. Jackson Scholarship Ceremony on Friday, April 7th from 6-8 p.m., at NSU’s James Wise Gallery in the E.L. Hamm Fine Arts Building on the campus of Norfolk State University.
The late A.B. Jackson was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and earned both BFA and MFA degrees from Yale University. He moved to Norfolk, VA in 1956. In 1967, after teaching 10 years at Norfolk State University, he joined ODU as a full professor, becoming its first African American faculty member.
During the years he taught, Jackson also exhibited his art in shows in many local and neighboring areas. Jackson received significant attention in 1968, after several of his drawings were included in a Smithsonian Institution traveling art exhibition.
His series of paintings entitled, “The Porch People” depicts anonymous sitters on their poaches in Ghent, the district of Norfolk (VA), where he lived. Jackson died in 1981, at the age of 55. Jackson is represented in the permanent collections of museums across the country.
In 1971, The Norfolk (VA) Chapter of the Links, Incorporated hosted the first exhibition of A.B. Jackson’s artwork at Norfolk State University. As a result, community members generously gave their financial support and the A.B. Jackson Fine Arts Scholarship was established at Norfolk State University.
This year’s $1,000 fine arts scholarship recipient was rising senior, Christina Diggs-Rooks. The event featured an exhibition of artwork created by the scholarship recipient, a reception, and live music by the NSU Jazz Ensemble.
Persons attending the 100th NSU commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 6, heard some “breaking news.” Henceforth, the university’s Honors College shall be called the Robert C. Nusbaum Honors College, or the “R.C. Nusbaum Honors College.”
According to Dr. Page Laws, who heads the Honors College, perhaps no one was more surprised at the announcement than Mr. Nusbaum, who was sitting with his wife, Linda, and her sister, Betty, in the VIP section of the Norfolk Scope enjoying the day’s events.
Laws said anyone who has known Nusbaum for years can “already testify to what he has done for us. Others may be less aware of his quiet but extraordinary contributions of time and treasure.”
In a Board of Visitors Resolution justifying the naming, the university’s governing board highlighted Nusbaum’s support and efforts on behalf of the college, dating back to 1993 when the general honors program in its current form started. Dr. Laws served as its director and, starting in 2008, as the Honors College dean. Laws said without his support, “we might never have become an honors program, much less an honors college.”
“ As a member of the Parsons Foundation (later Parsons Fund) and other groups, Mr. Nusbaum has either contributed personally or had a hand in raising virtually every cent in our endowments and has thereby provided us with almost all of our non-state operating funds for almost a quarter of a century! He has also been steadfast in his support of our students and the overall Norfolk/Hampton Roads community since way back to the late 1950s when he took a public stand against massive resistance).”
Laws called Nusbaum “a great, long-time patron, mentor and supporter who very richly deserves our thanks, our affection, and this special, unsought-for honor.”
Before his retirement from the active practice of law, Bob Nusbaum was an attorney in the Business Section at Williams Mullen.
Three persons, each hoping to become the Democratic choice for Virginia’s next Lieutenant Governor, will be featured in a forum and straw poll at the Murray Banquet Center in downtown Norfolk on May 25 starting at 6 p.m.
Three weeks later, on June 13th, voters in Hampton Roads and around the state will go to the polls for a primary to select one of them to face off against the Republican candidate in November.
The forum is being called by the Political Action Ministry of the Historic First Baptist Church Bute Street, and supported by several community groups. They include The League of Women Voters of South Hampton Roads, Norfolk NAACP, The New Journal and Guide, Norfolk Federation of Teachers and Urban League of Hampton Roads Young Professionals.
On June 13th both Democratic and Republican voters will choose their candidates for not only the Lieutenant Governor, but also for Governor and Attorney General.
The moderator for the First Baptist forum will be Dr. Quentin Kidd, Vice Provost and Director of the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University in Newport News.
The three candidates will be fielding questions on various issues from the audience during the event.
“We want to keep the people informed. First Baptist Church has a mission to serve the public and this is a good example of it,” said Yvonne Leonard, Chair of the Church’s Political Action Ministry.
Leonard said invitations were extended to both Democratic and Republican candidates running for the office; however, only the three Democratic candidates responded and agreed to participate.
“This non partisan effort to educate the public is designed to help the voters make thoughtful decisions come decision day,” she said.
Persons attending the forum will be able to vote in a “straw poll,” selecting one of the persons whose name will be announced at the end of the event.
According to Leonard, candidates competing in other races during the June 13th primary are invited to the event. Although they will not participate in the forum, they will be allowed to meet the public and hand out their campaign literature.
She said if there is time they may be able to address the audience after the exchange by the featured candidates and during the straw poll.
“The voters need to know the candidates. They need to be educated about who these people are and their stands on the issues,” said Leonard. “This is an important opportunity for the public to be educated about the candidates and their stand on the issues.”
Earl Lewis, family spokesman, and Sallie Chapman,
mother of William Chapman.
The BCC documentary, “Unarmed Black Male,” was shown Saturday (April 29) at Zion Bethel United Church of Christ.
The family of slain Portsmouth teen William Chapman also held a remembrance service marking the second year of his death at the hands of Portsmouth police officer Stephen Rankin, who was convicted of manslaughter and sentenced by Portsmouth judge Johnny Morrison to 2 and a half years in prison. The Chapman family released two doves to honor William during the service.
Earl Lewis, the Chapman family spokesman, thanked the New Journal and Guide for being the only media outlet to attend the service, and for publishing a series of articles on the incident which kept the Hampton Roads’ African-American community informed about the family’s fight for justice for their slain loved one against the city’s law enforcement institution.
Lewis said that he was proud of how his family worked with the NAACP, the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the Nation of Islam to bring about a peaceful resolution to this tragedy.
Lewis said that the BCC provided him with several DVDs of the award-winning, 90-minute documentary of the death of William Chapman and the conviction of Officer Stephen Rankin.
During the documentary, Sallie Chapman, mother of the slain teen, was observed sobbing during the most poignant scenes. She left the sanctuary several times due to the emotional burden of reliving the tragedy again.
After the movie, Portsmouth NAACP chief James Boyd told the New Journal and Guide, “It’s one thing to see the movie. It’s another thing to live it. The movie was a beautiful illustration of justice for all of us in Hampton Roads.”
The Chapman family received a one million dollar settlement from the city of Portsmouth.
By Randy Singleton Community Affairs Correspondent
Courtney Young of Virginia Beach, one of Dominion’s Volunteers of the Year, was among top company volunteers recognized and honored April 24 in Richmond with a $1,000 donation to her charity of choice, the Virginia State University Alumni Association.
Now in its 33rd year, Dominion’s “Benjamin J. Lambert, III, Volunteer of the Year program” is recognizing 12 employees from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia whose volunteer efforts brightened the lives of others or made lasting improvements to communities in 2016. A ceremony is also being held in May in Ohio.
Young, supervisor–Customer Account Management in Norfolk, Va., is a longtime volunteer council member for Dominion Virginia Power’s Eastern Region. She plays a key role in matching Dominion volunteers with community agencies in need of assistance.
She also works closely with the company’s State & Local Affairs group to organize and recruit volunteers for Dominion-sponsored events. According to coworkers, Young has spent numerous hours reaching out to agencies to match their needs with Dominion employees seeking volunteer service opportunities.
As a result of Young’s commitment and coordination skills, the Customer Account Management team finished 2016 with 100 percent employee community volunteer project participation.
Dominion’s annual Volunteer of the Year awards are named after Benjamin J. Lambert to honor his memory and his distinguished service to Dominion and the community.
Lambert of Richmond was by trade an optometrist. He served in the Virginia General Assembly as both a delegate and senator and on the Dominion Board of Directors. He was posthumously recognized by Dominion and the Library of Virginia as a Strong Men & Women in Virginia History honoree for his legacy of service.
Other 2016 Dominion Volunteers of the Year are: Pamela Dumire, Akron, Ohio; Barbara Gilliland, Woodbridge, Va.; William Gwynn, New Canton, Va.; Jeff Heffelman, Dumfries, Va.; Kewaunee Power Station employees, Carlton, Wis.; John Marlow, Parkersburg, W.Va.; Cathy Niedermayer, Richmond, Va.; Marty O’Baker, Alexandria, Va.; Shane Olson, Richmond, Va.; Anthony J. Perry, Cleveland, Ohio; April N. Stephens, Cleveland, Ohio; and Gary Venturini, Kittanning, Pa.
“Leading people to Christ is a primary goal for every Christian, but finding ways to reach that goal can be challenging.”
That’s from the registration form for “Moving Forward in Evangelism 2017,” a workshop set for Saturday, May 20, from 9 am to 2 p.m., at Shiloh Baptist Church, 745 Park Avenue in Norfolk.
The workshop is designed to provide tools needed by members of any evangelism or missionary ministry interested in meeting the challenge. It is the brainchild of Deacon Ernie Williams, leader of Shiloh’s Evangelism Ministry.
“I think evangelizing is one of the most important things a Christian can do,” says Williams. “After all, it is a command from our Lord and Savior.” But a “lack of knowledge, not knowing how to go about it makes it difficult for some to evangelize.”
Hence, the need for “new information, different ways of doing things,” Williams says. That’s why presenters with different skill sets have been invited to share their knowledge and skills with workshop attendees.
The workshop will begin with 9 am registration and a continental breakfast.. Then, Shiloh’s senior pastor, Dr. Keith I. Jones – a strong advocate of bible study, prayer and evangelism – will explore the “Theological Framework of Evangelism.”
Three presenter-led, how-to sessions – each with Q&A opportunities – will follow.
• Pastor Jim Wood, senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church in Norfolk, will discuss “How to Reach Different Folks.” A PhD. candidate in Global Leadership at Regent University, Wood has led dozens of mission teams to Russia. Guatemala, Kenya, Sudan and elsewhere. At First Presbyterian, Wood has championed the “Sticky Faith” movement, bringing all ages and stages together on the faith journeys. He is passionate about outreach.
• Rev. Dr. Shelton Murphy, senior pastor of Mount Gilead Missionary Baptist Church in Norfolk, will offer “Helpful Hints” for leading individuals to Christ. He has served in educational, military and correctional settings. Mount Gilead has grown tremendously- – structurally, membership and program-wise – during Murphy’s 16-year leadership.
• Rev. Dr. Joy Carrington, director of campus ministries at Norfolk State University, will lead a session on “Effectively Reaching Millennials-Generation Y.”
Conference registration fees are $20 for individual adults, $10 for students with school identification, and $15 each for adult groups of 10 or more. For more information or to register, please call Shiloh at 625-4367.
Colleges and universities are preparing for their annual graduation ceremonies for students who have successfully completed their requirements.
Old Dominion University will graduate the most students during its 126th Commencement Exercises. More than 2,750 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees will be conferred.
Because of the growth of the number of degree recipients and the desire to recognize the accomplishments of the University’s graduate students, the university also is introducing a brand-new ceremony, there will be a ceremony for master’s and doctoral graduates of every Old Dominion academic college which will be held 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 5.
It is one of four ceremonies for graduates at the Ted Constant Convocation Center on May 5 and 6.
Austin Agho, Old Dominion’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, said the ceremony also accommodates the growth in the number of students who want to attend commencement.
“Adding this ceremony allows us to spotlight the achievements of our students earning graduate degrees,” Agho said, “and provide them with the maximum number of tickets to share their special moment with their families and friends.”
Tim Seibles, professor of English and Poet Laureate of Virginia, will deliver the commencement address at the graduate ceremony. The other commencement speakers will be Christine Pantoya, senior vice president of mobile strategy for the NBA; Ting Xu, founder and president of Evergreen Enterprises; and Angela Hucles, founder and CEO of Empowerment Through Sport and an Olympic gold medalist.
Pantoya will speak to graduates of the College of Arts & Letters at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 5. Xu will deliver remarks Saturday, May 6 at 9 a.m., to graduates of the Darden College of Education and the Strome College of Business. Hucles will speak at 2 p.m. May 6 to graduates of the Batten College of Engineering and Technology, College of Health Sciences and College of Sciences.
Norfolk State University
Nina Turner, a commentator on MSNBC and other cable news networks, will deliver the Commencement speech at the NSU graduation exercises May 6 at the Norfolk Scope Arena starting at 4 p.m. Turner, a native of Cleveland, formerly served as state senator for Ohio’s 25th district as well as the minority whip in the Ohio Senate.
Katherine G. Johnson, one of the leading inspirations behind the Hollywood feature film Hidden Figures, will serve as Hampton University’s 147th Commencement speaker on May 14 at Armstrong Stadium at 10 a.m.
Considered to be one of NASA’s human ‘computers,’ Johnson performed the complex calculations that enabled humans to successfully achieve space flight. In 1961, she was tasked with plotting the path for Alan Shepard’s journey to space, the first in American history.
Johnson was later responsible for verifying calculations of the “machines” and giving the “go-ahead” to propel John Glenn into successful orbit in 1962.
Christopher Newport University
Dr. Mitchell B. Reiss, honored diplomat, academic leader and president and CEO of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, will speak at the 91st commencement of Christopher Newport University (CNU) on May 13 at 10 a.m., on the Great Lawn.
Reiss Before joined the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in 2014,where he is responsible for the foundation’s 1,800 employees, 800 volunteers and an annual budget of more than $220 million.
Virginia State University
Jeff Johnson, award-winning journalist and motivational speaker, will speak at Virginia State University for the spring graduating Class of 2017 on May 13. The University will hold two services including a morning ceremony at 9 a.m. followed by an afternoon ceremony at 2 p.m. at the VSU Multipurpose Center.
Johnson is currently managing principal for the Baltimore-based strategy firm JIJ Communications, where he provides strategic insight and messaging consulting to clients in the private, public and entertainment sectors.
Johnson, also an author, formerly served as national director of the Youth & College Division of the NAACP.
Virginia Union University
Virginia’s 72nd Governor, Terry McAuliffe will be the keynote speaker at Virginia Union University’s (VUU) 118th Commencement on Saturday, May 13 on Hovey Field at 10 a.m.
The University’s Baccalaureate Ceremony will be held on Friday, May 12, at 6 p.m. in Coburn Hall. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Corey D.B. Walker. Dr. Walker will joins Virginia Union as Vice President and Dean of the Samuel DeWitt Proctor School of Theology on July 1, 2017.
He is currently serving as a Dean at Winston-Salem State University.
U.S. Sen. Kamala D. Harris of California will deliver the keynote address at Howard University’s 149th Commencement Convocation on May 13 on the Upper Quadrangle of the main campus at 10 a.m.
Sen. Harris is both the first African-American and first woman to serve as Attorney General for the State of California. She is also the second African-American woman in history to be elected to the United States Senate.