Out & About: Greensburg-Jeannette NAACP Hosts Annual Human Rights Banquet

The theme of Greensburg-Jeannette NAACP Annual Human Rights Banquet was “Together we can make a difference”.

In terms of politics, education, social and economic inequality, there is a lot of work to be done, the president said Ruth Tolbert during the Saturday night event at the Greensburg Country Club.

“Why are so many African Americans still dying of covid?” she says. “And who would think that (the right to vote) would still be a problem in 2022?”

The good news is that the organization has a diverse composition of people with many skills and talents “and they’re not afraid to work hard,” Tolbert said.

In 2022, the organization is focused on building inclusive criminal justice policies, health systems, economies, and classrooms.

After a welcome from Dennis Holmesthe people gathered sang “Life Every Voice and Sing”, called the black national anthem. Bishop Carl E. Jones Sr. of Greater Parkview Church offered the invocation.

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Bishop Carl E. Jones Sr. (back), pastor of Greater Parkview Church in Greenburg, with Reverend Linda Steward and Minister Lorita Herring, both of Rock of Refuge Congregational Church in Jeannette, at the annual rights banquet of the Greensburg-Jeannette NAACP men’s, April 2 at the Greensburg Country Club.

Over 100 guests heard by keynote speaker Daisy Power, a native of Greensburg and professor of history at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Power spoke about the experience of growing up white in Westmoreland County versus the black community.

She is currently researching a book project called “Black and White: Race and Race Relations in Westmoreland County”.

Following Power’s presentation, these awards were presented: Branch Merit Award to Dr. robin sims; Community Service Award at darshanna framework; and special recognition from the NAACP Youth Council to Shania Wills.

Scholarships have been awarded to Zen Scott-Mightyfreshman in biology at Temple University, and Kenneth clarksophomore medical student at Ohio State University.

For fun, there was a basket auction and a 50/50 raffle.

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Greensburg-Jeannette NAACP First Vice President Norma Skilling with her daughter, Deputy Secretary Gabrielle Skillings, at the organization’s annual human rights banquet, April 2 at the Greensburg Country Club.

In addition to Tolbert, branch officers include First Vice President norma Skillssecond vice president Idel AdamSecretary Jeans SlusserAssistant secretary Gabrielle Skillings and treasurer Ruth Woods. Suzanne English co-chaired the banquet with Tolbert and melessie clark was master of ceremonies.

Seen: Jerry Skillings, Jim Galik, Cindy Anderson, Tonuia Smith, George and Michelle Toohey, Ron and Carlene Williams, Dan and Diane Krivoniak, Nancy Kukovich, Linda Steward, Lorita Herring, Bob Errett, Annie Urban, Moni Adigun, Jasmine Browner, Kiara Rockymore, Lance Edwards and the speaker’s twin sister, Melinda Powera criminal defense and civil rights attorney in Chicago.

Shirley McMarlin is editor of Tribune-Review. You can contact Shirley at 724-836-5750, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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