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2018 Black History Month Proclimation

Mr. George E. Morrison III, Secretary of the Greensville Emporia NAACP and Emporia's first Appointed Black City Manager, and Deacon Cornell Hines of the Executive Board accept the 2018 Black History Month Proclimation from Emporia's first Black Mayor, Mary L. Person


Black History Month

February 1-28, 2018

Whereas,February is recognized nationally as Black History Month and Dr. Carter B. Woodson, a distinguished African American author, editor, publisher and historian, is acclaimed “Father of Black History Month”.  Dr. Woodson believed that African Americans should know their past in order to participate in the affairs of the country; and

Whereas,Black History Month acknowledges both past and present African and African-American icons whose courage, sacrifices, and relentless efforts have sought to improve the quality of life for all in the name of justice, honor and freedom; and

Whereas,such noted African-American icons as Ida B. Wells, the renowned writer, teacher, women’s suffragist and anti-lynching crusader; and Rosa Parks, whose famous decision to remain in her seat symbolized the spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, have made imperative contributions to our society; and notable local African Americans as Joseph C. Bond, a mortician, was the first African American to serve on Emporia City Council and a founder of the local NAACP branch; Dr. Willie Joyner, a physician and entrepreneur, owned a medical building, a movie theatre, and rental properties; Dr. Joseph Macklin, a pharmacist, was the first African American druggist to manage his own business; Charles Harris, a mechanic, was the first African American to own and operate a service station; Edward Westwood Wyatt, an advocate for improved school conditions for African Americans and a zealous educator, legacy lives on as the first African American High School (E.W. Wyatt High School) was named in his honor; Charlie Stephen Thomas, a businessman and a founder of the local NAACP branch, operated a grocery store across from Greensville County Training School to provide snacks for the students, since there were no cafeterias at that time; Etta Reavis, a homemaker, provided hot meals and shelter for local teachers at R.R. Moton Elementary School; Elizabeth R. Allison, Reverend and Mrs. Willie Curley, Sr., Annie Green, and Helen Kindred provided shelter and meals for the teachers on the North side of town; George C. Williams, a local farmer, purchased a bus to transport students and teachers to school that resided in the county; and

Whereas,the Honorable Mary L. Person was elected as the first African American female to serve on Emporia City Council, made history again when she was elected on  November 6, 2012, as the first African American and first female to serve as Mayor for the City of Emporia; and

Whereas,it is essential to learn from the many lessons of history from world renowned leaders as well as the contributions of local African Americans to continue the pursuit of our Founding Fathers’ vision of liberty, justice and equality for all; and

Now, Therefore, I, Mary L. Person, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the City of Emporia, Virginia do hereby proclaim February 1-28, 2018 as Black History Month in the City of Emporia.

Done this 6th day of February in the year 2018.


DR. JOHN W. KINNEY has devoted himself to the pursuit of excellence in theological training and ministerial preparation and has distinguished himself as a systematic theologian, academician and administrator in a career that spans over 35 years. He received undergraduate and graduate degrees from Marshall University, Huntington, West Virginia and Virginia Union University in Richmond, Virginia respectively. He was awarded the Ph.D. from Columbia University/Union Theological Seminary in New York. He has also shared in instruction at Chicago Theology Seminary, Chicago, Illinois; Randolph Macon College, Ashland, Virginia; Union Theological Seminary, Richmond, Virginia; and the College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. 

Dr. Kinney has lectured extensively across the breadth of this nation and in Africa. He has been a featured lecturer at numerous Universities and colleges including, Yale University, Duke University, Michigan State University, Howard University, Southern Methodist University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the University of Richmond. He has also presented at numerous theological schools including: Iliff School of Theology, Bangor Theological Seminary, Shaw Divinity School, Hood Theological Seminary, The Baptist Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, and many others. He is recognized for his theological constructions addressing the designed harmony in creation and the subsequent fragmentation and separation with particular attention to racism, sexism and materialism. His thoughts are included in several publications and crystallized in Baptists against Racism in an article entitled The Theology of Fallenness: The Roots of Racism.

Dr. Kinney’s commitment to the needs of the community at large is apparent by his avid participation in several professional societies and organizations. Dr. Kinney has served as a consultant to the American Baptist Convention, the Progressive National Baptist Convention, the Baptist General Convention of Virginia and both the United States Air Force, Army and Navy Chaplain Corps. He has been a member of the American Society of Church History, the American Academy of Religion and the Society for the Study of Black Religion. He has served the larger community of theological educators through multiple leadership roles in the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. Dr. Kinney chaired the committee on Race and Ethnicity from 1998 to 2000. He served as a member on the Commission on Accrediting for the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada from 2000 to 2006 and actively continued as Commission Chair (2004-2006), Vice President (2006-2008), President (2008-2010) and Personnel Committee Chair (2010-2012). 

His service to academia is complimented by his service to the parish. Dr. Kinney has served as the pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Beaverdam, Virginia for more than 35 years.

Dr. Kinney will offer the keynote address at the 2017 NAACP Moses D. Knox Freedom Fund Banquet on October 7, 2017 at the Greensville COunty High School Cafetorium. Tickets may be purchased by calling Debra Brown at 434/637-6098.

James C Vaughan Receives Mosed D. Knox Award


James C Vaughan is a lifelong Greensville County resident.   Being very active in his Church in which he was baptized, Diamond Grove Baptist Church, he is a Deacon, was the Church Treasurer for over 30 years, past President of the Ushers Board and Supervisor of the Church Cemetery.  He was the Treasurer for the Greensville County Fellowship Ushers Union for over 25 years and a Past President for 6 years.  He is also the Treasurer of the Baptist Sunday School Union for over 30 years

It is really nothing new for him to find himself in leadership positions.  

He worked at Federal Paper and Board for 25 years and was the President of Local Union 1825 there for 6 years.   After retiring, he took a job working for the Greensville County School System for over 21 years.    It was while he was working at the Elementary School, when he became a member of the Greensville County Planning Commission.  After he retired from the Greensville County School System, he was appointed to the Board of Supervisors in 1995, to fill a vacant seat previously held by Garland Faison.  He has been on the Greensville County Board of Supervisors for the Zion District for 20 years.   He was also on the Board of Directors for the Boys and Girls Club for 2 years and served as Chairman of the Greensville County Social Services Board for 8 years.

He was reared in a loving Christian home to the late, Calvin & Mabel Vaughan.  He is married To Eldora Gilliam Vaughan for over 65 years.  They had 4 children, Sherry Vaughan, Dennis Vaughan, Larry Vaughan and Woodrow Vaughan (deceased 2014).


NAACP Honors Moses D. Knox Award Winners

On Friday Evening the Greensville-Emporia Branch of the NAACP held it's 74th annual Moses D. Knox Freedom Fund Banquet at E. W. Wyatt Middle School.  The annual event is not only the groups largest fundraiser, but is also a showcase for candidates for public office in the area and the night that the Moses D. Knox Awards are given.

The main theme of the evening was the Five Points Game Changer Plan recently implemented by the NAACP:

1.  Renewing a focus in voter education and maintaining voter's rights.

2.  Making sure all children have access to a free, high quality public education.

3.  Leveling the field for affordable healthcare and access to all.

4.  Building systems of wealth and strengthening economic sustainability for all.

5.  Ensuring public safety and criminal justice.

"There has been great disparity among minorities across this country.  In an effort to bring equality and justice to all, the NAACP will continue to be in the forefront addressing issues from a local, state and national level.  We cannot sit idle and not have our voices heard on subjects that will impact our future as well as our children." President Debra F. Brown wrote in her "Letter from the President." Brown added that "We will continue to hold the lead position in registering citizens and getting people out to the polls to vote."

The evening concluded with the presentation of the Moses. D. Knox Awards.  The first receptionist was Minister James L. Wilkins, founder of the Hope Fest and the evening's Key Note speaker' "in recognition of your commitment to give back and make a difference in your community thank you for the service and love you have exemplified through the Hope Fest."

The second recipient was Dr. Alfred A. Roberts in recognition of being the first African American to serve as President of Southside Virginia Community College in Alberta Virginia,  “thank you for your leadership, dedication and commitment to excellence in education.”

The last recipient was Dr. Angela B. Wilson in recognition of being the first African American  to serve as Superintendent of the Greensville County Public Schools,  “thank you for your leadership, dedication and commitment to excellence in education.”




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