Dr. Sheldon Graves is 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Walk Marshall

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER-HARVEY,

Our community is deeply saddened by the transition of Rev. Neal Keeton, Sr. who passed Sunday, January 13th at Select Hospital in Jackson with his wife, Dialene at his side.  Rev. Keeton was pastor of Mt. Carmel M. B. Church and he was scheduled to celebrate his 15th anniversary the day he died. Our prayers are with his family and friends. Wolf Funeral Home of Morton is in charge of arrangements.

We are sorry to learn of the death of Attorney Jessie Evans who transitioned Saturday, January 12, 2019. Evans worked in Forest with East MS Legal Services in the 80’s and later practiced law in Canton.  Our prayers are with his family, especially his wife and children.

We are sorry to learn of the death of former Tougaloo College professor, author, and activist John Salter who passed at his home in Idaho.  Professor Salter was among those attacked during the May, 1963 Sit-In at Woolworth’s lunch counter on Capitol Street in Jackson.  His favorite phrase was “An injury to one is an injury to all.” Our prayers are with his family especially his children.

Please continue to remember, in your prayers, our readers who continue to face health challenges, namely, Mrs. Mary Nichols who is hospitalized at Baptist; Mr. Albert Moore who continues to recuperate at home; Mr. David Spann who is recuperating at home; and other readers. 

Forest Rotarians enjoyed their Wednesday luncheon meeting where Ms. Sherron Day, project director for the MS Tobacco Free Coalition, spoke on the dangers of tobacco-related diseases and deaths in MS. She also explained the dangers of e-cigarettes and the increasingly popular e-cigarette called JUUL, which is shaped like a USB flash drive and delivers a high dose of nicotine. Ms. Day was introduced by Constance Slaughter-Harvey who explained the partnership between Legacy and the Coalition. Ms. Day is available to provide similar presentations to other interested entities.  

Forest Alderwoman Cynthia Slaughter Melton was one of the attendees at the 2019 MBC-LEO Mid-Winter Conference held January 6-7 at the MS Civil Rights Museum and the Hilton Countyline in Jackson. The 2019 MML Mid-Winter Legislative Conference was held January 8-10th at the Countyline Hilton. Locals attending were Mayors Nancy Chambers and Gerald Keeton.  Alderpersons in attendance were Cynthia Melton, Matt Alford, Oneida Laster, Marie Washington and Fred Johnson.  They toured the Capitol and spoke with legislators.  Representative Tom Miles hosted the group and extended several courtesies. These elected officials enjoyed the conferences and look forward to sharing their experiences with their constituents.

Our readers are invited to participate in the 22nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Walk to be held Monday, January 21st and starting at 8:00 a.m. at the Slaughter Library.  Registration will start at 7:30 a.m.

Forest native, dentist and humanitarian, Dr. Sheldon Graves, will serve as the Walk Marshal.  He is the husband of Dr. Patricia Graves and the son of the late county agent A. L. Graves and educator Odessa K. Graves.  Assisting as Walk volunteers will be Legacy mentors Shonnette Kelley, Dorothy Strong, Henry Slaughter, Shirley Sykes, Andrew Crudup, Barbara Dawson, Bonnie Floyd, Elizabeth Ferrell and Marquita Patrick. Legacy mentees (girls) from Hawkins Middle grades 5, 6, and 7 and boys grades 5 and 6th will participate in this Walk. 

Walkers will leave Slaughter Library on Jones Street and proceed west to Seventh Avenue, then on to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and turning at Hillsboro Street; proceeding south on Hillsboro across Highway 80 to the courthouse and turning east on First Street, proceeding to the Forest Services Center.  Walkers will pass through the intersection of Old Highway 21 and Highway 80 onto Fifth Avenue and return to the Slaughter Library on Jones Street.  Refreshments will be served following the official program.   Caps, scarves and gloves will be given to the first 100 Walkers who register.  We look forward to your presence and participation.  Happy Birthday Dr. King!!

Happy birthday greetings to babies born during the last two weeks in January, namely; Sid Salter, Samuel Barnes, and Liz Edmondson (16), Rickey Hoye (17),  Parris Ringo, Nicholas Harrison and Elmer Lowery (18),  Meko Boyd, Bryan Shepherd, Martin Brown, and Irene Ward Lyles (19), Kirsten Boyd, Lynn Whitfield and Mike May (21), Quanteshia Rasco and Leasa Bergin (22), Linda Youngblood Burks and Damien Towner (23), Rebecca Gray, Adrena Pinkston, and Shirley Watkins (25), Oliver Moore (26), Mae Ruth Robinson (27), Miracle Battle (29), and Norma Ruth Lee (30).

Stakeholders in Save Our Youth through Community Action will hold their first 2019 meeting Monday, February 4, 2019 at noon at the Slaughter Library.  A delicious meal will be served and all stakeholders are invited to attend.  The 2019 agenda of action will be re-visited.

Please mark your calendar for Valentine Day and shared good heart tips during the Health is Wealth Luncheon Seminar to be held at Slaughter Library. Additional details will be provided.

Legacy Parents Engagement Program president Keanna Harris reminds members of their first 2019 meeting to be held the last Sunday of January (January 27th) at 4:00 at the Slaughter Library. For additional information, contact the Legacy office. 

Answer to Quiz Teaser # 478: Congratulations to Mrs. Charity Robinson who provided the correct response of Todd Pinkston.  Todd, a graduate of Forest High School and USM, was an outstanding high school basketball and football player, and was recruited as wide receiver for the Philadelphia Eagles. Todd is also a Legacy Advisory Board Member and has been a strong supporter of Legacy and the Slaughter Memorial Foundation. Way to go Todd!!

Quiz Teaser # 479:  Which African American Scott County resident and graduate of East Central Community College works as a medical pilot for Pafford Air?  He served as a United State Army helicopter pilot.