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Emerging Leaders, Distinguished Educators Are Honored By Norfolk Public Library

Recognition and awards to area history makers was a theme at the Norfolk Public Library during its opening weekend events February 4 and 5. On Saturday, February 4, NPL kicked off its month-long recognition of African American history at the Slover Library where Norfolk Mayor Kenneth C. Alexander delivered the keynote speech. That event also acknowledged the recipients of the first Young African American Leaders of Tomorrow Award presented by The New Journal and Guide and NPL.

Persons honored were James Boyd, Arielle Leavell, and Tiffani Gardner.

This year’s national theme is addressing “The Crisis in Black Education” and, with over 30 programs system-wide, NPL is delving into this topic on a local level.

The 3rd Annual African American Trailblazers Honors Program on Sunday, February 5, also at Slover Library, recognized distinguished educators who have worked to break down barriers and stereotypes while also preserving the rich history of African Americans in our community.

This year’s honorees were David Gilbert Jacox, Barbara Johnson Alexander and Dr. E. Curtis Alexander, Dr. Cassandra Newby- Alexander, Aline Black, Becky Livas, Celestine Diggs Porter and Willie Mae Watson. (Family)

More information on African American History Month events at NPL locations is available at All NPL programs are free and open to the public.

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