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Feb. 6, 2012
Seven to be honored at HCC African-American Heroes event, Feb. 16
WELDON, N.C. – For the fifth year, Halifax Community College (HCC) will hold its "Saluting Our Local African-American Heroes" celebration. Special honors will be bestowed on six community leaders and one HCC student during the Feb. 16 ceremony to be held at The Centre. The event will begin at 11:30 a.m. Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Allen Purser will be the guest speaker. The event is sponsored by The Daily Herald.

This year’s honorees include:
   •    George Branch (volunteer firefighter and founder of a local medical transportation company)
   • Gary Grant (educator, author and community activist)
   • Lester Greenwood Jr. (first African-American fire chief in Northampton County)
   • Donte Johnson (HCC student)
   • Rev. Dr. Charles McCollum (retired educator, current minister and community activist)
   • Beatrice Strayhorn (retired educator and community volunteer)
   • Ruby Vincent Ward (retired educator and community volunteer)

Heroes are chosen based on their commitment and contributions to the community, unselfish devotion to others, initiative, innovation and leadership, and willingness to share time and wisdom through community service. HCC student heroes are chosen based on their commitment and contributions to the HCC community, initiative, innovation and leadership, and demonstration of academic promise.
Halifax Community College’s Mission
Halifax Community College strives to meet the diverse needs of our community by providing high-quality, accessible and affordable education and services for a rapidly changing and globally competitive marketplace.
Primary Media Contact: Melanie Temple, Director of Public Relations and Marketing, templem@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319

Secondary Media Contact: Linnie S. Carter, Ph.D., APR, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, Halifax Community College and Executive Director of the Halifax Community College Foundation Inc., carterl@halifaxcc.edu, 252-536-7239