Congratulations to Tommy Robinsin Jr. "JR" on being inducted into the Junior National Honor Society at Booker T. Washington High School.
Congratulations to Bro. Curtis Rayborn. Bro. Rayborn
Picture courtesy of alabamaschoolsboard.org
Campbell new AASB President
Congratulations to Sis. Katy Smith Campbell who has been selected as the new president of the Alabama Association of School Boards (AASB). Sis Campbell was selected as president at the 2013 annual AASB convention.
Allen crowned First Runner-up in Premiere de la Premiere
Congratulations to Miss L'Oreal Allen, who was crowned First Runner-Up in the Premiere de la Premiere, which is sponsored by Delta Sigma Theta Sosority, Inc., Tuskegee Alumnae Chapter.
Rayborn receives 'Volunteer of the Year' award from American Red Cross
June 27, 2013
Congratulations to Bro Curtis Rayborn. Rayborn has been named 2013 Disaster Volunteer of the Year for East Alabama. According to Marty Nelson, Territory Disaster Services Specialist for the American Red Cross, Rayborn has been a reliable member of the disaster response team.
The Volunteer Recognition Awards Ceremony was held on Thursday, June 13 at the East Alabama Medical Center Health Resource Center in Opelika. The American Red Cross recognizes outstanding volunteers who have served their local communities, as well as those who have assisted with national disaster relief efforts.
-- Article source: The Tuskegee News
Support Amber Henderson's Overseas Mission Ministry
Please read the letter below from Sis Linda Henderson.
This is to give you a brief update regarding Amber's expanding mission ministry. Her overseas outreach last year with University of the Nations/Kona was to Japan - both in Tokyo and in the area in northern Japan still suffering from the earthquake and tsunami from the previous year, where they assisted with the continuing restoration efforts as well as general ministry work.
As Amber points out in the attached newsletter, she is now one of 45 staff at one of the University's Discipleship Training Schools. Near the end of this month, she and several others will be co-leading a team to Uganda, partnering in many villages and in Kampala withShow Mercy International, a Christian charitable organization in Uganda.
Amber is still raising support for the $3,000 needed to cover the travel and living expenses for the 3 month outreach effort. All contributions are tax deductible; if you are able to help, the easiest and quickest way is by using the online payment link below. There is also a link within her newsletter and information on how to contribute by check.
Thanks in advance for your prayers for Amber and her team to have a safe and effective mission trip as well as for anything you may be able to give.
Congratulations to Sis. Sylvia P. Simpson, who won the "Mother of the Year" contest sponsored by the Tuskegee/Macon County Branch of the NAACP. Sis. Simpson represented Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church in the competition.
This year's African American History theme is in honor of the efforts of our African-American women who have played a role in helping shape our nation.
Here at Greater St. Mark, we recognize our senior women who have played a role in helping shape our church.
With respect always given to our elders, Pastor Noble and the members of Greater St. Mark are proud to recognize our own.
The oldest (age-wise) female member is Sis. Lillie B. Phillips (not pictured). Our oldest (long-time) church members are: Sis. Bessie Deas (not pictured), Sis. Lula Beacham (top left), and Sis. Easter McBride (bottom left).
On Sunday, February 19, 2012, the Library Club honored these four ladies with a plaque recognizing their years of membership, service, and dedication to the church.
Campbell and Hendricks honored at Zeta reception February 2, 2012
Attorney Katy S. Campbell and Dr. Constance S. Hendricks were recently honored by the Alpha Xi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. at a reception in recognition of being distinguished leaders of the sorority.
Attorney Katy S. Campbell is chairman of the Board of Directors for the International Sorority and president of the local Alpha Xi Zeta Chapter; and Dr. Constance Smith Hendricks is the sorority’s South Central Regional director. The current positions of this duo represent leadership elevation from the local ranks to national and regional levels.
A creative and inspiring dance tribute, “You Are My Hero,” was performed by the Hicks Twins (Davina and Regina).
Presiding during the program was soror Dr. Elaine C. Harrington. Dr. Eunice S. Thomas, a former national officer of the sorority, was a special guest. Sorority Member Brooke Burks also rendered a musical solo tribute. Other program participants included sorority members Lillie Hicks, Annie Bascomb, Senora Moore and Johnnie Harrison. Guests and other visiting Greek representatives enjoyed delicious refreshments and shared renewed fellowship.
Sorority member Minnie R. Austin (also St. Mark member) and her committee planned the details for the affair, which was held at Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, the church where both honorees are active members.
-- Article and image source...TheTuskegeeNews.com
Ellis earns graduate certificate January 29, 2012
Sis. LeKeya Ellis has earned her Graduation Certificate in AutoTech from the Montgomery Job Corps. Congratulations LeKeya !!
Hendricks speaks at Joint Founders Day January 20, 2012
Dr. Constance Smith Hendricks served as speaker for the Joint Founders’ Day Observance of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. (1914) and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (1920). The program was held on Friday, Jan. 20, 6 p.m. at Greater St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 3403 West Martin Luther King Highway, Tuskegee Institute. The celebration theme is “A Return to Our Foundation.”
Hendricks is well known, recognized and respected in the arena of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority and currently serves as the 18th South Central Regional Director. Appointed by the International Basileus/President, Sheryl P. Underwood, Hendricks oversees and facilitates the effective operation of the Sorority’s 120 chapters and auxiliaries of the region. She administers the four-state region of Alabama, Mississippi, Arkansas and Tennessee.
Under her dynamic leadership, the region has added 13 new Zeta chapters and reactivated several charters and Amicae Auxiliaries. Today, the South Central Region is the second largest region in Zetadom, registering the most new and reclaimed members. Hendricks is a Diamond Life Member of Zeta Phi Beta with local membership in Psi Gamma Zeta Chapter in Auburn.
Pursuing her career, Hendricks is a Full Professor in the School of Nursing with Graduate Faculty status at the Auburn University School of Nursing. She is a prolific writer and publisher in the field of Public Health and Nursing. Holding the BSN and MSN Degrees from the University of Alabama, she was the first African American to complete the Ph.D. Nursing Program from Boston College.
This year’s Joint Observance also included music by the Tuskegee Gospel Ensemble. The Joint Observance is hosted by Alpha Xi Zeta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., with Beatrice Smith serving as program chair (727-2101). Katy S. Campbell is president of the Chapter. Arthur Caffey is Local Sigma president.
-- Article and image source...TheTuskegeeNews.com
Robinson Jr and others win titles at Premiere de la Premiere December 10, 2011
The title of "Prince Charming" now belongs to Bro. Tommy Robinson Jr, whom we affectionately call "J.R." J.R. earned the title at the 11th Biennial Permiere de la Premiere, which was held on Saturday, December 10, 2011 at Logan Hall on the campus of Tuskegee University. The event is sponsored by the Tuskegee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.
Another St. Mark member. Sis. Amari Moore, who won 2nd -Runner up.
Bro. Aaron Beason (also a St. Mark member), Booker T. Washington High School SGA president and Janet Langford, 2011 Miss BTW and 2011 Miss Junior Miss, served as master and mistress of ceremonies.
TaMyra Robinson, also a St. Mark member and sister of the crowned prince, and member of Gamma Tau Chapter and Alabama facilitator of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., gave the challenge to the participants on key points from Dr. Zeus.
The 2009 Crown Prince, Marqui David Harris (also a St. Mark member), crowned Tommy Lee Robinson Jr. as the 2011 Crown Prince. Runner-ups were Prince Adam Christopher Clay Jr. and Prince Deauntae Kevon Richardson.
The 2009 Crown Princess, Taylor Marie Welch, crowned Princess Crystal Cierra Love as the 2011 Crown Princess. Runner-ups were Princess Hanna Brooke Bentley and Princess Amari Savannah Moore.
-- Article and image source...TheTuskegeeNews.com
Student of the Month and Secretary of Southeast District Youth Dept. November, 2011
Congratulations to SIs. Kendra Taylor. Kendra was named "Student of the Month" for the month of November at the Macon County School System.
Kendra was also selected as the new secretary of the Southeast District Youth Dept. Hurray for Kendra!!
Student Christians -- Student Scholars September 25, 2011
Smiles were the specialty of the day as Greater St. Mark college students were served up honors. Several Greater St. Mark college students were honored for their academic achievements at the Annual Scholarship Convocation held Sunday, September 25, 2011 on the campus of Tuskegee University. Each honoree walked across the stage and shook hands with Dr. Gilbert L. Rochon, the university's president. Greater St. Mark had six honorees.
Following the Convocation, our student honorees made their way to Greater St. Mark just in time to sing songs of praise and thanks with the Greater St. Mark College Choir and also to shake hands with their pastor, Dr. C.P. Noble. (See our scholars below).
St. Mark Honor Students at Tuskegee University
Corey Williams and Dr. Rochon
TaMyra Robinson and Dr. Rochon
Dion Robinson and Dr. Rochon
Marc McMillian and Dr. Rochon
Lauren Cooper and Dr. Rochon
St. Mark Youth 'Rally' to Victory
May 7, 2011
The 47th Annual Youth Rally was held on Saturday, May 7 at Troy University in Troy, Alabama. Youth from churches throughout the Southeast District came to enter competitions such as: Drill Team, Step Team, Choir Sing-off, Pantomime/Praise Dance, and Church Banner. The theme for this year's rally was "Take the Chains Off."
And the St. Mark Steppers really did break their chains off and stump their way to second place. They started out in prison garb with their hands bound in chains. Half-way through their routine, the steppers broke the chains of bondage and were spurred on by an unseen force, which picked up little JR and he landed in a jaw-dropping split !! This spurred on the steppers as they tore off their prison garb, revealing white shirt, black tie, and black pants---praise attire indeed, as they stumped praises to the Almighty. This amazing routine was choreographed by Cory Williams and Chris Williams.
Then, the St. Mark Youth Choir, directed by Sis. Joyce German, sang from the top of their voices to let everybody know that "I Love You Lord, from the bottom of my heart." The Youth Choir sounded angelic, clad in their blue St. Mark polo shirts and khaki pants.
Now, picture in your mind the "Villa de la Rosa" as Jesus walked the streets of Calvary. No roses or palm leaves lined the streets---only thorns of scorn, unfairness, and hatred. This scene was portrayed beautifully by the St. Mark Praise Dancers!! They gave a magnificent, tear-jerking performance to thunderous applause from the audience. This First Place and First-Class routine was choreographed by Sis. Mary Arrington. Click here to watch.
Congratulations goes out to all of the St. Mark performers, and especially to Sis. Lydia Wilson for taking Second Place earlier in the Speech Competition. Lydia performed a dynamic, soul-stirring, speech entitled, "That's How I Roll."
Special Thanks to all who worked with our performers, and served as chaperones, and a Very Special Thanks to our Youth Leaders, Janice and Tommy Robinson, and our loving pastor, Rev. Noble.
The Annual Youth Rally is sponsored by the Department of Christian Education of the Alabama Southeast District State Convention, of which our pastor, Dr. C.P. Noble is the president.
Taylor wins huge trophy
April 24, 2011
Congratulations to Bro. Kevin Taylor for winning the huge trophy at Tuskegee Public School for being a Math Superstar. Kevin is shown here with the trophy, which is taller than he is, and his sister, Kendra, and brothers, Frank and Matthew.
Wilson wins Second in Oratorical
April 2, 2011
Congratulations to Sis. Lydia Wilson for winning second place in the Oratorical Competition which took place on April 2, 2011 at St. Paul Baptist Church in Greenville, AL at the Southeast District First Saturday Meeting. Her essay was entitled, "That's How I Roll."
Motley receives Meritorious Service Award
February 4, 2011
Bro. Daniel Motley was presented with one of the highest honors in law enforcement, the “"Meritorious Service Award," by Dr. Gilbert Rochon, President of Tuskegee University and Chief Patrick Mardis. Motley conducted a joint investigation, which led to the arrest of suspects in a rash of burglaries in student apartments during the university’s Christmas break.
Motley, a seasoned law enforcement officer, joined the Tuskegee University Police Department in October as a detective.
Caldwell's competition in Alabama Junior Miss draws near
January 9, 2011
Sis. Destiny Caldwell, who is Macon County's Junior Miss 2011, will compete in the Alabama Junior Miss competition on January 14-15, 2011 at Frazer United Methodist Church, Montgomery, AL. The preliminary competition begins at 7:30pm on Friday and 1pm on Saturday. The finale is Saturday at 7pm. For ticket information, contact the Caldwell family or Sis. Mary Hooks.
Mayo participates in Bowl Game Pre-game Show
January 9, 2011
Congratulations to Sis. Martha Mayo. on her participation the the 2011 Capital One Bowl Pre-game Show in Orlando, Florida with the UCA Cheerleaders on New Year's Day.
Destiny Caldwell wins Macon County Junior Miss Competition
August 28, 2010
Congratulations to Sis. Destiny Caldwell, the new Macon County Junior Miss for 2011. Destiny won the title on Saturday, August 28, 2010, at the competition, which was held at the George Washington Carver Elementary School in Tuskegee, AL. She competed for the title with four other young ladies: Olivia Kirk, Madison McCurdy, Juliana Sanders, and Quantessia Young.
Destiny, who is a Senior at Booker T. Washington High School, President of the National Jr. Honor Society, a member of the Varsity Cheerleaders, Delteens, Dance Team, Rising Starz Performing Arts, Christian Society, FBLA, etc., performed an interpretive dance to the tune "I Am Not My Hair" by India Arie.
Destiny replaces last year's Macon County Junior Miss, Rachel Gandy of Tuskegee, and she goes on to compete in the Alabama Junior Miss Competition. Her Career Goal is to attend Spellman College and become a corporate attorney.
Sis. Mary Hooks is the Junior Miss Program Chair and Sis. Mary Arrington is the Choreographer for the dance routines. Others who assisted with this event were: Sis. Deborah Biggers, Sis. Natasha Brown, Sis. Janeen Roberts, Sis. Janice Robinson, Sis. Alexis Brown, Sis. Shamori Maxwell, Sis. Martha Mayo, and Sis TaMyra Robinson, who won the 2008 Junior Miss title.
Biggers sworn in by former Chamber of Commerce president Charlie Hardy.
Biggers sworn in as president of Chamber of Commerce
July 1, 2010
Congratulations to Attorney Deborah Hill Biggers. After being sworn in as the new president of the Tuskegee Area Chamber of Commerce, Biggers gives her vision of the Chamber to advance the civic, commercial, and industrial interests of Tuskegee and Macon County by working with the citizens on the following seven strategies:
1) The Chamber must have a strong, dedicated, and interested Board of Directors, made up of representatives designated by the City of Tuskegee, Franklin, Notasulga, Shorter, all alumni Greek and civic organizations. 2) Must have a Chamber website. In today's technological era, a website is just as important as an address and telephone number. It is a door that can be opened by the outside. 3) Must increase our membership and support by the local business community. 4) Solicit items to be contributed in a welcome kit to present to and introduce the Chamber to new businesses locating in our area. 5) Need a calendar of community events available on the website to get the word out and reduce conflicting activities. 6) The Chamber should work closely with other entities in the community to promote tourism by developing goods to sell, particularly to tourists, even though the business may not be located in the square.
And most importantly, 7) We MUSTchange the mindset of the Macon County community to shop and eat in Tuskegee first! By shopping in Auburn, Opelika, and Montgomery, we are making THEIR schools better, paving THEIR roads, and increasing THEIR governmental services, while we turn our backs on improving our own. Biggers stresses that, if we do not patronize our local merchants and restaurants, they will be forced to close and will not be available when we need them.
Congratulations to Sis. Mary Hooks. She was elected to the Macon County Board of Education during the June 1, 2010 primary election.
Mary Hooks, a former high school teacher and counselor for the Macon County School System for 31 years, won seat #3 and Karey Thompson of Notasulga won seat #4. They will replace board members Alfonso Robinson and Alfred Randolph who are leaving the board.
“I am excited and look forward to working with the community,” Hooks said. “I am willing to work positively with the community to continuously make this the best system.”
Hooks, who has worked for the Tuskegee Area Health Education Center (TAHEC) at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System for the past 8 years, said being a member of the school board is another way for her to serve the community — and the children — she loves.
“I would like to thank all my supporters and the voters,” Hooks continued. “Thanks for having the confidence in me to vote for me.”
After morning worship and Sunday School, the Sunbeams boarded the church bus and stopped at McDonald's to grab a quick lunch. This group of youngsters were on a mission. They had a date with the Cookie Monster!!! Well, actually, they had tickets to see the Sesame Street Play sponsored by the USO at the Kelley Hill Recreation Center in Ft. Benning, GA. But, to them it was like an adventure.
Because of the ticket count, there was not room for every Sunbeam, but the ones that went will happily share their experience with those who couldn't go.
The group got a chance to meet, shake hands with, and even hug Elmo, Grover, the Cookie Monster, and other Sesame Street characters--all of them life-size. The characters performed the play on stage, sang songs, and invited the children to sing along. They even came down from the stage into the audience and shook hands with the children, while parents, and even the children who had cell phones took pictures with cameras and cell phones.
The event lasted about 30 minutes, but it created a lasting image in the minds of all the children who attended. Each child--and adult was given a Sesame Street toy as a souvenir that will serve as a wonderful reminder of the day they came face to face with the Cookie Monster.
Beason experiences Alabama Boys State
June 5, 2010
Congratulations to Aaron Beason, who was chosen to participate in Alabama Boys State on the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa during the week of May 31 - June 5, 2010.
AlabamaBoysState is one of the highest honors granted to Alabama students. Students from across the state are chosen based on their demonstration of leadership, hard work, strong morals, and motivation in school and community activities. BoysState week is a full and active week held on the campus of The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.
At BoysState, student delegates have the opportunity to build new friendships, participate in a mock government, and hear from and meet a diverse array of Alabama leaders such as Congressmen, state elected officials, business leaders, and civic leaders. They can also focus on their areas of interest such as law school, law enforcement academy, aerospace academy, lobbyists, city or county government, etc. There is also activity time during which they can participate in recreational activities such as basketball, volleyball, softball, soccer, academic bowl, etc.
The American Legion, which sponsors the event, believes there is no better way to assure the survival of our republic than to train our young people in the ideals and objectives of American government. By teaching youth to understand and appreciate the basic principles involved in the successful management of a democratic society, we can keep America strong and ensure freedom for future generations. These are the distinguished, long-standing objectives of American Legion Boys States.
Young men chosen to be BoysState participants can look forward to a wonderful and challenging experience. All who attend can acquire a better understanding and regard for two of our nation’s benefits: freedom and democracy.
The Debutante Cotillion is an Experience for St. Mark Youth
April 3, 2010
The Tuskegee Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc. presented its 15th Biennial Debutante Cotillion on Saturday, April 3, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Conference Center, on the historic campus of Tuskegee University.
Eight young ladies were introduced to society during this culminating event, which took place in the beautifully decorated grand ballroom.
Beginning in October 2009, several young ladies from the area were selected to participate in this momentous program. Each young lady in turn selected an escort (Squire) of upstanding character.
They attended clinics on etiquette and financial planning, as well as socials held in their honor.
Greater St. Mark Youth who participated in the 15th Biennial Cotillion were KiJuan Jones, who squired Debutante Lauren Cooper; Craig Milner, who squired Debutante Shineka Sanders; and Joshua Renfroe, who squired Debutante Rosie Long.
Even though fundraising was not a favorite part of the experience, it was a necessary part because these funds go toward scholarships, community projects, and event operations.
Congratulations to Squires KiJuan Jones, Craig Milner, and Joshua Renfroe, who received plaques, and congratulations to Debutante Lauren Cooper for winning the "Highest GPA" award.
Thanks goes out to Sis. Melanie Lunsford-Johnson and the other members of the Tuskegee Chapter of Jack and Jill, Inc. for giving our youth this opportunity.
Greater St. Mark Youth participate in Annual Youth Convention
March 20, 2010
It was very early Saturday morning, March 20, that Greater St. Mark Youth got out of their beds, and ate a hasty breakfast of cereal, Pop Tarts, or Toaster Streudel. But they knew they had to get their parents to bring them to the church at 6:45 a.m. The bus would be leaving by 7:00 a.m.
Today, they would journey to Elba, Alabama to the Greater New Zion Missionary Baptist Church to take part in the Southeast District's Annual Youth Convention. So, Greater St. Mark Youth -- Sunbeams in their yellow shirts and black skirts or slacks, Red Circle in their white dresses, and Crusaders in their white shirts with tie and black pants -- loaded into two church vans and rode for almost 2 hours to pull up at the church.
As it turned out, Greater St. Mark Youth had a good attendance. In fact, Greater St. Mark, including the advisors, once again brought the attendance banner back as the largest group in attendance.
But, that was not the only accomplishment to credit to Greater St. Mark Youth. They also had major roles in the service. First, Greater St. Mark Crusaders led the devotion. Then, Sis. Lauren Cooper served as Mistress of Ceremony for the event. Sis. LaPrecious Hackworth ran for office within the Red Circle. She is now the 2010-2011 Secretary of the Red Circle for the Southeast District!!!
Then, Sis. Martha Mayo led the song for the combined Red Circle choir. Sis. Maria Robinson, advisor for the Greater St. Mark Red Circle, presented the crown to Martha for her diligence in Red Circle projects. Bro. Donald Brooks gave the scripture. Bro. TaBarious Cook gave the financial report. And the Greater St. Mark Crusaders led all of the songs for the combined Crusaders choir.
But, the highlight of the day was a keynote address given by our own, Bro. KiJuan Jones, who received a standing ovation for his delivery. After an introduction by his grandfather, Dea. Willie Jones, KiJuan proceeded to lecture the audience on the duties of man, giving scriptual references to back up his address.
After the program, having had a hot nutritious lunch in between, the tired, but satisfied group headed back home.
Pace receives "Woman of the Year" award
March 14, 2010
Congratulations to Dr. Ralphenia D. Pace, who received the prestigious award of "Woman of the Year" from Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. The award was presented at the annual Finer Womanhood banquet held at the Washington Chapel Parish House on Sunday, March 14, 2010. Pace's award was presented to her by Ms. Erica Hudson, a chapter member of Zeta Phi Beta.
Pace, a Registered and Licensed Dietitian, has been affiliated with Tuskegee University since the mid 1980's. She has served as Head of the Dept. of Home Economics and Dean of Academic and student Affairs in the School of Agriculture and Home Economics.
She has also served as Professor in the Nutrition Program and Chairperson of the International Food and Nutrition Conference. Currently, she is Professor and Head of the Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences.
Pace has a long record of outreach services. These include: Former Principal Investigator in the implementation of 3 Community Nutrition Education Programs; Past Chair of Local and Area Nutrition Health and Physical Activity Fair, and current Chair of Nutrition Health Initiative for the City of Tuskegee.
The Speaker for the occasion was Ms. Tonya Terry, News Anchor for WSFA TV 12. Terry spoke about overcoming hardships and adversities to achieve your goals.
Also on program were Mrs. Deborah Ellis, who presented the award of "Zeta of the Year" to Mrs. Grace F. Harris, who has been like a surrogate mother to her since she was young, and is still a close family friend.
The 2010 Finer Womanhood Committee includes: Minnie Austin, Annie Bascomb, Brooke A. Burks, Katy Campbell, Sallie A. Fernandes. Elaine Harrington, Grace Harris, Johnnie Harrison, Lillie Hicks, Erica Hudson, Janice Maxwell, and Senora Moore, who serves as Chapter President.
Austin named local NAACP chapter First Vice President
March 2, 2010
Officers were elected and others honored by the Tuskegee-Macon County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) at its Centennial Celebration on Tuesday, February 16, 2010.
The meeting was held at the Macon County Commission Chambers.
The following officers were elected: Barbara Howard, president; Minnie Austin, first vice president; Guy Trammell, second vice president; Jacquelyn Carlisle, secretary/treasurer; Rose Washington, assistant secretary; and Beatrice Smith, assistant treasurer.
February 21, 2010 Congratulations to Sis. Lydia Wilson. Lydia was chosen as one of the top 100 Outstanding Macon County Students.
Menefee Assumes Role as First Black Male AAPJ President
February 4, 2010
Macon County Probate Judge Alfonza Menefee assumed the reins of the Alabama Association of Probate Judges (AAPJ) last month, making history as the first black male to lead the group.
But 22 years prior, Menefee, now 63, had already secured his historic legacy as Macon County’s first – and to date only – black American probate judge. It’s a position he believes obligates him to serve as a role model in the community, especially this time of year.
“To me, Black History Month is a time to inspire younger blacks to reach for higher heights,” Menefee said. “It’s a time to hopefully exhibit something that can encourage them to elevate beyond the single-family homes and limited resources around them and use the motivation of black leaders to work for something.”
Judge Menefee may now be attempting to lift by example, but he is a model of what he believes about Black History Month. He was born and raised in Tuskegee and educated in the Macon County School System. He attended college at Tuskegee University where he earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in agriculture and a Master’s of plant and soil conservation.
Local education taught him to be a farmer, but after serving in the military following college, Menefee returned to Tuskegee and served his community as a police officer.
Farming was what he knew though, and it wasn’t long before he was back to it. He managed SEASHA’s agriculture program for a while before venturing into private enterprise – farming more than 2,000 acres of row crop.
What turned Menefee into Judge Menefee didn’t come until later, when a leadership program forged in collaboration between Auburn University, Alabama State University and Tuskegee University selected him to participate in a two-year training session that would take him around the world.
Crown Prince and Princess Named at Premiere de la Premiere
December 12, 2009 During the 10th Biennial Premiere de la Premiere, Marqui David Harris and Taylor Marie Welch were named 2009 Crown Prince and Crown Princess.
Crown Prince First Runner-Up was Aubrey Malik McDade and Second Runner-Up was Tahjay De‘Quan Piner. For the Princesses, First Runner-Up was Maya Alyssa Johnson. Second Runner-Up was Princess Tiya’ Vaniece Jones.
The event, presented Dec. 12, 2009 by The Tuskegee Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., also included participant voting for Prince and Princess Charming and Spirit of Premiere Prince and Princess.
Marqui Harris was named Prince Charming and the Spirit of Premiere Prince in addition to taking the crown, while Tiya’ Vaniece Jones was named Princess Charming and Jere’ Dominique Armstead was deemed Spirit of Premiere Princess.
All participants received savings bonds based upon the amount raised for the event and a copy of “Brown Angels,” a book of verse by Walter Dean Myers. Participants also received a Premiere de la Premiere trophy, watch, tee shirt, photograph and a copy of the issue of The Tuskegee News that highlighted all 13 that took part in the Premiere.
Net proceeds from Premiere de la Premiere support Delta service projects and other events.
Lauren Cooper participates in Macon County Junior Miss
August 29, 2009
The Macon County Junior Miss Competition was held on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (VA Hospital) building 90. The competition is sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of MaconCounty.
Sis. Lauren Cooper, participated in the competition along with 7 other contestants: Elizabeth Ebo, a student at Booker T. Washington High School, Rachel Gandy, a student at Montgomery Academy, Jasmine Gray, a student at Booker T. Washington High School, Ashley Hostetter, a student at Eastwood Christian School, Sharanne Patterson, a student at Booker T. Washington High School, Melanie Tolbert, a student at Booker T. Washington High School, and Natasha Williams, a student at Notasulga High School.
Lauren, who is a student at St. Jude Educational Institute in Montgomery, AL won the "Scholastic Award." A separate panel of qualified educators reviewed transcripts of grades in core classes, college prep classes, electives, scores of scholastic tests and college entrance exams of all of the contestants. Lauren was proclaimed the winner of this category, which also carried a monetary prize.
Sis. Shamori Maxwell and Sis. Martha Mayo served as 'Little Sisters' in the Contest. Martha served as Little Sister to Lauren Cooper and Shamori served as Little Sister to Jasmine Gray.
Sis TaMyra Robinson, 2008 MaconCounty Junior Miss, and Sis. Christel Haygood, 2006 Macon County Junior Miss, served as Emcees of the Program. The winner of this year's Macon County Junior Miss Competition was Rachel Gandy. The first runner up was Ashley Hostetter, and the second runner up was Melanie Tolbert.
Sis. Mary Hooks, Education Specialist at the TuskegeeAreaHealthEducationCenter in Tuskegee, AL., serves as treasurer of the Kiwanis Club. Sis. Mary Arrington, a Biology Teacher and Cheerleader Coach at Booker T. Washington High School, has served as choreographer for the Macon County Junior Miss Program for more than 20 years. Sis. Deborah Biggers, an Attorney in Tuskegee, AL., served as Chairperson of the Panel of Judges. Also assisting with the Junior Miss Program were Sis. Natasha Brown, Sis. Shirley Curry, Sis. Janeen Roberts, Sis. Juanita Roberts, Sis. Janice Robinson, and Bro. Ulysees Roberts.
Lauren is the daughter of James and Cassandra Cooper.
Bro. Alphonso Hooks on magazine cover
Hooks featured in Alabama Farmers Federation Magazine
June 14, 2009 Congratulations to Bro. Alphonso Hooks and wife, Myra. Bro. Hooks was featured on the cover and in an article in the June 2009 issue of the Alabama Farmers Federation magazine entitled "Neighbors."
Hooks, owner of a thriving produce farm in Macon County, reveals that he puts a lot of effort into producing "A Garden for Myra." The results of his efforts aids in the recovery of his wife, Myra, who had a stroke a few years ago, but is coming along nicely.
Al and Myra have two sons, Alphonso Jr., and Demetrius.
Dr. Constance Hendricks
American Academy of Nursing selects Constance Hendricks for Fellowship
May 24, 2009 Congratulations to Sis. Constance Smith Hendricks on being selected for a fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing. This is the top honor in nursing. The Academy serves the public and the nursing profession by advancing health policy and practice through the generations, synthesis and dissemination of nursing knowledge. Sis. Hendricks is a Professor in the School of Nursing at Auburn University.
The Coopers, Congressman Bright, and "Sarge" Whitehead
Coopers receive 4-H Length of Service Award
May 21, 2009 Alabama State 4-H Program celebrated 100 years. Autauga, Elmore, Macon, and Montgomery counties held a Centennial Celebration on Friday, April 24, 2009 at the Ampitheatre on the Riverfront in Montgomery, AL. Congressman Bobby Bright was the keynote speaker.
4-H Youth members, volunteers, club leaders, supporters, and staff members attended the event. Following the personal experience 4-H stories of Congressman Bright, greetings were given by county 4-H youth representatives: Bethany Pate of Montgomery County, KiJuan Jones of Macon County, Quentin Smith of Elmore County, and Elizabeth Petrunic of Autauga County.
Mr. John Pulliam, Macon County Extension Director presented awards to Macon County recipients in the following three categories: Lifetime Achievement Award to Ruso Minnifee, Sponsorship Award to Willie "Sarge" Whitehead and Milton McGregor of Victoryland, and Length of Service Award to James and Cassandra Cooper.
The Coopers were members of 4-H in grade school through high school and continue to support the 4-H program by being volunteers since 1988.
Ms. Candie Glover is the 4-H Regional Extension Agent and Mr. John Pulliam is the Macon County Extension Service Director.
- article source: The Tuskegee News, May 21, 2009
Youth Choir, Praise Dancers and Steppers
Greater St. Mark Youth give striking Performances at Youth Rally
May 2, 2009 Greater St. Mark loaded up the bus and traveled to Troy University in Troy, Alabama to once again compete in the Southeast District Annual Youth Rally.
Dr. Clarence P. Noble is President of the Southeast District State Convention and Dr. L.C. McMillian is President of the Alabama State Missionary Baptist Convention.
58 Churches from the Southeast District and 1 church from the Northeast District attended the Annual Youth Rally on Saturday, May 2, 2009. The total attendance was logged at 1,493. Greater St. Mark represented with approximately 36 youth and 19 adults.
Presentations of winners were made during the morning session for the following contests that were held earlier: the Oratorical Contest, the Bible Bowl Contest, and the Essay Contest.
Greater St. Mark came away with two places. Sis. Destiny Caldwell presented a rousing speech to win 1st Place in the Oratorical Contest, and the young men of the Crusaders took 2nd Place in the Bible Bowl.
Elections for Youth Officers were also held during the morning session, followed by an inspirational message from Rev. Jamaal Oliver, Associate Minister of Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Tuscaloosa, AL.
The afternoon brought the competitions of Drill Teams, Steppers, Choir Sing-off, Pantomime, Church Banners, and Praise Dancers. Greater St. Mark Steppers presented a brand new routine and out-stepped problems with the audio, but those steps did not add up to a victory. The Greater St. Mark Youth Choir was very hopeful when they delivered their rendition of "There's Hope," but that hope was short-lived when other choirs sang away with the victory. But, both groups gave outstanding performances!
All groups who entered the Praise Dance Competition wore beautiful costumes and gave performances that drew in the audience. But, the Greater St. Mark Praise Dancers once again brought home the trophy for 1st Place by giving a foot-stomping, church-shouting performance, which had the audience once again on their feet. They danced and shouted to "Long as I've Got King Jesus"and gave such a dynamic execution that it left the audience thinking how they will be able to top such a performance next year.
Thanks goes out to the chaperones, drivers, and musicians who helped the youth in their efforts. Special Thanks goes out to Sis. Mary Arrington, Bro. Clinton Bean, and again to the young men who worked with the Steppers: Bros. Terence Gamble, Wesley Davis, Michael Merideth, Steven Loud, Alexander James Turner, Walter Bush, Andre Lewis, and Ramell Chambers.
Very Special Thanks goes out to our Youth Leaders: Sis. Janice Robinson, Bro. Tommy Robinson, and our pastor, Rev. C.P. Noble.