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Feb 19, 2018
Four local African-American Heroes saluted at HCC
WELDON, N.C. – For the eleventh year, Halifax Community College (HCC) held its "Saluting Our Local African-American Heroes"celebration. Special honors were bestowed on three community leaders during the Feb. 15 ceremony held at The Dr. Ervin V. Griffin, Sr. Centre.

Heroes were 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.

"More than 60 members of the community and 10 students have been presented the Local African American Hero awards,"said Dr. Michael Elam, president of HCC. "Our heroes have made outstanding contributions to the Roanoke Valley, benefiting all of our citizens. We want to honor them and pay tribute to their dedication and service.

About the Honorees

Dr. Elease Frederick
Retired Educator, Halifax County Schools
Selected as the Presidential Choice this year, Dr. Frederick has been an educator and administrator in the Halifax County Schools for over forty-five years. At the pinnacle of her educational career, she served as the Superintendent of the Halifax County Schools. She has truly been committed to serving her community in every facet of life through her diligent involvement in her professional employment, church, sorority, civic, and community organizations. She has truly been a drum major for quality education, justice, equality, and the betterment of mankind.

Dr. Frederick possesses a humble sweet disposition. She is an intelligent, resourceful, professional, and astute individual. She has truly been a blessing to many people, locally and abroad. As can be seen, she is committed and contributes to the community, has selfless devotion for others, has outstanding imitative, innovation, and leadership skills in the region, and willingly shares her time and wisdom through service in the community and its citizens.

Sen. Angela Bryant
Senator for the State of North Carolina
Angela R. Bryant, JD, is an Inclusive Diversity and Organizational Development Consultant with Angela Bryant Consulting which is affiliated with VISIONS, Inc, an organization which she co-founded. She is the former Director, and one of the developers of, The Wright's Center, Inc., an adult day health care project in Rocky Mount founded by VISIONS Inc. in 1989 for elders, disabled adults, their caregivers and service providers. Also, she is a member of the North Carolina Senate and serves as the chairwoman of the North Carolina Legislative Black Caucus.

Senator Bryant has more than 30 years of legal experience and was a NC state administrative law judge for ten years. She has held several appointed governmental positions, including service on the UNC-CH Board of Trustees and the UNC System Board of Governors. She was a Charter Member and former President of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and the1983 Lawyer of the Year for the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers, for co-founding the Land Loss Prevention Project at NCCU School of Law.

Senator Bryant championed Senate Bill 445, Expungement Process Modifications (Session Law 2017-195), which is an act to standardize the filing procedures for expungements, to authorize prosecutors access to certain records of expungement, to allow certain expunged criminal acts to be considered in calculating prior record levels during sentencing for subsequent offenses, and to make other modifications to the expungement process. Governor Roy Cooper signed it into law.

Mozine Lowe
Director of the Center for Energy Education

With the opening of the Center for Energy Education during the past year, Mrs. Lowe's leadership, vision for the future, and can-do spirit has inspired us all. Through her vision, our community has gained a broader understanding of our heritage in energy education and our ongoing need to partner together to build a brighter and stronger education for all our students, young and old alike.

Little known to the larger community is Mrs. Lowes' support for the student interns who have worked for her at the Center for Energy Education. She has taken these young people under her wing and guided them through their introduction to the real world of real work. Her professionalism and concern for them as employees-in-training has helped these college interns gain valuable skills, professional insights, and a new self-confidence.

Mozine Lowe is a model of quiet work and self-less devotion; she is also a tornado of activity and creative insight. Mozine Lowe is a hero for us all.

Daniel Lovett
Director of the PRIDE Male Mentoring Program, Director of Title III, and Special Assistant to the President

Daniel Lovett is employed at HCC where he has worked for nine (9) years. Since his arrival in 2009, he has served as Director of the PRIDE Male Mentoring Program, Director of Title III, and Special Assistant to the President. The PRIDE program has created a distinct identity and regional footprint that is recognized locally, statewide, regionally, nationally, and internationally. PRIDE enrolls 150 minority males each year.

In the community, Mr. Lovett manages to give back through the "Take Pride in Your Community"program. In 2014-15, he and the PRIDE program were recipients of the Roanoke Valley Volunteer of the Year Award for outstanding service to the Chamber of Commerce and the community. He is also a recipient of the HCC President's Leadership Award for his work with PRIDE and the community. He and the PRIDE program were also recognized for their work with the Weldon City Preschool Father's In Focus Field Days, the Roanoke Valley Visitor's Bureau Roanoke Rapids Rambles, First Baptist Church Children's Program, the Roanoke Rapids Rotary Club, the Twilight Baptist church food pantry project, the Union Mission, and Hannah's Place, a shelter for battered women.

Aside from his work and recognitions, Mr. Lovett is very personable with students, colleagues, faculty, and staff and passionate about elevating and uplifting all students, staff, and faculty. He believes that the most important part of getting students to push themselves is by making a connection with them and letting them know that there is genuine concern for their success. He has expressed this continuously in many ways including assisting students with tuition, transportation, loans, food, judicial matters, clothing, shoes, tutoring, resumes, probation letters, preparing references, finding jobs, bailing students out of jail, speaking at PRIDE men funerals, and more.

The four selected individuals were chosen from a pool of more than 10 nominees. The other nominees were James Avens, Brenda Edwards Burnette, Bettie Cofield, Dr. Eric Cunningham, John Foriest, David Harvey, and Victor Marrow.
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.
Media Contact: Molly Wallace, Director of Public Relations & Marketing, mwallace786@halifaxcc.edu, 252-538-4319