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Feb. 20, 2015
Seven honored as HCC Local African-American Heroes
WELDON, N.C. – For the eighth year, Halifax Community College (HCC) held its "Saluting Our Local African-American Heroes" celebration. Special honors were bestowed on seven community leaders during the Feb. 19 ceremony.

This year's hero honorees included:
  • Sandra W. Bryant, PHR (Human Resources Specialist, Halifax Electric Membership Corporation)
  • Bishop Shelton C. Daniel (Pastor, Greater Joy North)
  • Rev. Timothy Edwards (Pastor, Roanoke Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church)
  • Rev. Anthony Flowers (Pastor, Tillery Chapel Missionary Baptist Church and Educational Assistant, North East Prep)
  • John Robert Jones, Ed.D. (Retired Administrator and Educator, Mentor)
The Presidential Heroes Award was presented to Kuyzendra A. Cobb (Electrical and Instrumentation Planner, KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation) and Carolyn C. Johnson (Halifax County Commissioner). Honorees thanked God, their family, friends, church family and many others for supporting them in their achievements. "I feel very special…I believe it's our duty to share and love…and do all we can to help people along the way," said Edwards. "I've been blessed and I think we should share our blessings with others as we have been blessed," noted Jones. "This award represents the united spirit in all of us. Even though this award has my name on it, I achieve because we achieve, and we achieve because we undertake challenges together," said Cobb.

About the 2015 Heroes

Sandra W. Bryant, PHR
Bryant is a product of the Roanoke Valley. She is a graduate of Roanoke Rapids High School and Fayetteville State University. After college, Bryant returned to the area and began her professional experience as a teacher for Weldon City Schools. She transitioned to the private sector and has held various human resources roles. Whether in the classroom or the boardroom, Bryant has built a career around serving the needs of others. She has numerous civic and professional affiliations including the National Association of University Women, Chums, the Democratic Party of Halifax County, Halifax County Arts Council and Roanoke Valley United Way, among others. She is the only African-American member of a statewide electric membership services board.

Bishop Shelton C. Daniel
Since the start of Greater Joy North in April 2014, Bishop Daniel has shown strong commitment to the community. His contributions have included starting the "Joy Shelter," a homeless shelter for those in need during the cold months, offering community service programs to the elderly, sick and shut-ins, providing lunches in the summer to the hungry, feeding the community on Thanksgiving Day, providing Christmas gifts to children and adults, initiating a Back-to-School drive for area youth, providing affordable daycare and afterschool care to the underemployed and unemployed, honoring honor roll students for adults and children, and providing Children's Church for children under 10, just to name a few. He believes that it takes a village to raise a child and if all become involved, the community will become better.

Rev. Timothy Edwards
Rev. Edwards has pastored Roanoke Chapel Missionary Baptist Church of Littleton for the last 28 years and Piney Grove Missionary Baptist Church of Jackson for the last 20 years. He takes part in the Northampton Ministers Council for Schools, helping problem solve through ministering to underprivileged children and families. He is also a member of the Community Fellowship, which unites people without regard to race or religion. Rev. Edwards has served as moderator of the Reedy Creek Missionary Baptist Association and is an executive board member for the budgeting and officers committee, past Worshipful Master of the Jackson Square Lodge #700, current trustee chair and executive board member for the Neuse River Missionary Baptist Association. He is involved with the local NAACP chapter and volunteers for Relay for Life.

Rev. Anthony Flowers
Rev. Flowers continues to pledge himself and his family to a life of community service. He has encouraged everyone to step outside of their comfort zones to learn and work. When Rev. Flowers visits the community sick and shut-ins, he invites others to come along. When the Flowers family joined the church congregation, there were few children. Now, there are more than 25 children actively involved in Bible study, youth choir, youth ushers and an award-winning praise dance team. Rev. Flowers has helped establish a male ministry and chorus where participants range in age from pre-teen to senior citizens, which has resulted in many mentor-mentee relationships. He has encouraged the young adult ministry to hold the first tri-county clothing drive. Also, under his leadership, the church is in the final phase of receiving 501(c)3 status and actively partners with community organizations such as Tillery Community Center Seniors, Tillery Community Watch and Tillery Volunteer Fire Department.

John Robert Jones, Ed.D.
Dr. Jones' involvement with educational and community empowerment issues has taken him from one side of this country to the other. As a former higher education administrator, he knows that the road to economic empowerment begins with a quality education. Though he has received many accolades, Dr. Jones has been instrumental in seeing that others are recognized. As president of the Weldon-Seaboard Alumni Chapter of Shaw University, he instituted the first Adopt-A-Student program, providing financial support and encouragement to local students. He served on the Gang Intervention and Prevention Project, and volunteered with the Future Stars Program, providing counseling and support for low-income youth. Dr. Jones is a board member for the Teen Court Program in Northampton and Hertford counties, and is a board member of the NC Center for Automotive Research. The Bertie County Relay for Life awarded him the Life Inspiration Award (2006).

About the 2015 Presidential Heroes

Kuyzendra A. Cobb
Cobb is a voice for those without a voice. She is involved in several organizations such as the United Steel Workers Union Local 9-0425 where she is shop steward/trustee and United Steel Workers 9-0425 Women of Steel, Halifax County Branch—NAACP, Roanoke Valley and the NC Chapter of A. Phillip Randolph Institute where she trains youth and other community members on voter issues/software, Eastern Piedmont Central Labor Council, Halifax County Board of Elections where she is chief judge, Roanoke Valley Free Medical Clinic, Susan B. Komen's Walk for the Cure, Roanoke Valley Breast Cancer Coalition and Gregory B. Davis Foundation, and NC Guardian Ad Litem where she advocates for abused, neglected and dependent children. She is a member of Quankey Missionary Baptist Church where she has been a member for 21 years. She serves as secretary of the ushers and is on the board of trustees and the Community Involvement Ministry.

Carolyn C. Johnson
Johnson is committed to her community and has made many contributions to Halifax County. She has been a school teacher, principal, assistant superintendent and interim superintendent for Halifax County Schools. She has also served on various boards in and around Halifax County. She chaired the Halifax County Department of Social Services Board and is currently a member of the Halifax County Board of Commissioners. Her husband served as a county commissioner as well, and she supported him and attended many political functions with him. Upon his passing, Johnson ran for his seat and won. Once elected, she served a few years before being elected vice chair. The board became deadlocked when attempting to elect a chair. So, serving as vice chair, Johnson became acting chair of the board until the deadlock was broken in 2007 — more than a year later.

For more information on the 2015 HCC Lyceum Series of Special Events, call 252-536-7239, 252-536-7234 or visit www.halifaxcc.edu. This event was funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education PBI Formula Grant.
Seven honored as HCC Local African-American Heroes
Pictured are, from left, Carolyn C. Johnson, Kuyzendra A. Cobb, Dr. John Robert Jones, Rev. Anthony Flowers, Rev. Timothy Edwards, Bishop Shelton C. Daniel and Sandra W. Bryant, PHR, along with HCC President Dr. Ervin V. Griffin Sr. and HCC Board of Trustees Vice Chair Michael Felt looking on.
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