Slaughter Library/Legacy Foundation

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER-HARVEY,

Valentine Love and Appreciation from Legacy Change Agents

A beautiful Memorial/Celebration of Life was held for Mrs. Sammie Louise Nunley Rigsby, the youngest of fourteen children, Saturday, February 10th at Lynch Chapel U. M. Church with Elder Anthony Ashford officiating and delivering her eulogy.

Program participants included Bishop Henry Hearns, Revs. Wendell Paris and Sheldon Thomas, Mesdames Minnie Holifield, Fannie Bradford, Viola Morgan, Iester Williams, Esther Martin Rigsby and Joyce Marie Rigsby, R. C. Williams, Richard Hill, II, and Drs. Mark Rigsby and Clarence Lovelady. Mrs. Rigsby was remembered as a caring and loving Christian mother and an academic scholar who loved her family and her church. Please continue to remember her family in your prayers, especially her children, Jeriece Hill, Joyce Rigsby, and Eddie (Clemmie Dianne) Rigsby, and grandchildren.

Please continue to remember our readers who are facing health challenges, namely, Angel Martinez, Mrs. Flo Chambers, Mrs. Beverly Hollingsworth, Ray Walker who has returned to UMMC, Ms. Denise Jones, Mrs. Nancy Hughes, Lorenzo Pinkston, Bobby Joe Pinkston, Mesdames Dorothy Buckley Hayes, Laura Jackson and Barbara Nicks, Abraham Buckley, and others. Prayers for these Valentines is appreciated!

Special thanks to Iowa’s Loras College) students who spent their break providing services to students attending Morton Elementary and Bettye Mae Jack.  These students visited the Slaughter Library and the Legacy Administrative Building, f/k/a Slaughter-Harvey Law Firm Building.  They were treated to pizza and other goodies while they dialogued with Constance Slaughter-Harvey, who welcomes each of the student teams visiting and assigned to Excel Learning Center. Students providing services were Theresa Milazzo, Logan Schroeder, Kylie Holubar, Brooke Boddicker, John Stoppelman, Mikhayla Kruise-Meek and Abby Oldham.  Their faculty adviser, Jennie Weber, praised the Excel staffers and the Bettye Mae Jack instructors and students.  What a splendid example of service to others!  We salute these young Iowa students for their concern and investment in the lives of Scott County students who are being prepared for productive and positive leadership roles. Valentine Kudos to these Loras students!

MAP Head Start parents and staff participated in the Legacy Foundation  Wills and Trust Seminar co-sponsored by the Scott County Bar Association and the MS Volunteer Lawyers’ Project. Legacy President and Bar President Constance Slaughter-Harvey conducted the seminar after being introduced by MAP Head Start Regional Director Geneva Burton of Meridian.  A delicious meal followed the Seminar. Protect your Valentines!

W. L. Slaughter Subdivision Homeowners Association members held their February meeting Monday, February 5th at the Slaughter Subdivision. Participating in this meeting were President Carl Lamb, Secretary Barbara Gray, Treasurer Lena Glenn, Rita Wash, and Mae Lizzie Jones.  The March meeting is set for the first Monday, March 5th at 5:00 at the Slaughter Library. Valentines greetings from the W. L. Slaughter Subdivision Homeowners Association. 

The SCTS/ETHHS Alumni Association Planning Meeting was held Sunday, February 11th at the Odessa Graves Building – Forest Housing Authority with President Susie Jackson presiding. Members present and participating in the conduct of business were Ernest Love, Marquita Patrick, Carolyn Knowles, Cynthia Melton, Nettie Ware, Booker Mitchell, Esther Johnson, Mattie Evans, Dorothy Pinkston, and Dewaun Walker.  The next meeting is Sunday, March 25th at 4:00 p.m. Valentines greetings.

We enjoyed visiting Oxford and enjoying dinner at City Grocery Wednesday and speaking at the University of MS the following Thursday where Constance Slaughter-Harvey spoke to Professor Hoffenheimer’s Remedies class. She then spoke to the student body in a Black History forum sponsored by the UBLSA at the Law School.  Dean Sandra Duncan and other faculty members were in attendance. Former Scott County Resource Officer Henry Minor and wife Billistris joined Slaughter-Harvey, Constance Burwell and James, III at the forum.  It was good seeing the Minors who are now residing in Olive Branch.  They send Valentine’s hearts and love to family and friends.

The Legacy Mentoring Parent’s Association February meeting was held Sunday, February 10th at the Slaughter Library with President Sophia Johnson presiding. Members present were Keanns Harris, LaSha Harper, Elizabeth Garcia, Carrie Wicker, Tachara Duncan, Vivian Davis, Louise Washington, Tiffany Donald, Derek and Tonya Davis, and Lasisha Fulton.  Mentors Henry Slaughter, Constance S. Harvey and Andrew Crudup were also present.  The next meeting is March 11th at 4:00. Special Valentine’s hugs and candies from Mentoring Parents!

Valentine’s kudos to Community Bank for sponsoring the Annual Legislative Update Monday, February 12th featuring First Lady Deborah Bryant, Senator Terry C. Burton, and Representative Tom Miles. The event was held at City Hall and was well attended and most informative.  Valentine’s best wishes to featured speakers and others in attendance.

We enjoyed the “Love your Library” event held Sunday, February 11th at the Forest Public Library where the love for Librarian Dianne McLaurin and staff was overwhelming.  Photos were taken of persons who braved the weather to show love and support for the Forest Library.  Special Valentine Kudos to the Library staff and Friends of the Library!

Please mark your calendars to attend Black History Programs at Concord M. B. and Lynch Chapel U. M. Sunday, February 25th.  Additional details will follow.

Answer to Quiz Teaser Black History Month 2018-1: Dr. Deborrah Maxine Hyde-Jackson, native of Laurel and graduate of Tougaloo College and Cleveland Medical Center, was the second African American neurosurgeon. This West Hills, CA resident established the Beacon of Hope Scholarship Foundation for underprivileged youth in 1991.

Black History Month Quiz Teaser #2018-2:  Which African American astronaut and physicist died January 28, 1986 during the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger? Hint: There are at least 75 buildings or memorials named in his honor including the  Space Theater inside the Davis Planetarium in Jackson.

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