BLACK HISTORY MONTH: SALUTING WEST ALABAMA’S FINEST

Black History Month

WVUA 23 News is partnering with Jerusalem AME Zion this month, celebrating West Alabamians of color who have made a difference in their communities.

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 28: Dr. Sonja Henley</a></p><p><p>Dr. Sonja Henley has been a pharmacist for 17 years, and participates in several community services through her job and as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and Jack and Jill of America.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/tdLoC6cvfUk?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 27: Marlisa Wiggins</a></p><p><p>Marlisa Wiggins is an English teacher at Central High School, but she also serves as assistant volleyball coach and softball coach, and as a drummer at St. Mark AME Church.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/N2Z3PBmBuQg?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 26: Erskine E. Simmons</a></p><p><p>Erskine E. Simmons represents District 7 of the Tuscaloosa City Schools Board of Education, and is a deacon at New Life Baptist Church, where he’s served for nearly 15 years.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/m3GAf–j2MY?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 25: Dr. Verquita Scott-Conley</a></p><p><p>Dr. Verquita Scott-Conley has worked as a pediatrician for 12 years, and is actively involved with the Tuscaloosa chapter of Jack and Jill of America.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/QOEJkGMd8DM?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 24: Letisha Scott</a></p><p><p>Letisha Scott is a family nurse practitioner at Whatley Health Services and teaches nursing at the University of Alabama.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/qrLy8YmnvBM?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 23: Michael Height</a></p><p><p>Michael Height is president and CEO of Black Warrior Printing and Imaging, and has been in the printing industry for more than 22 years.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/wpW0Bz5bR9s?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 22: Joe Eamon</a></p><p><p>Joe Eamon led the Shelton State Buccaneers to the 2016-17 Region 22 Championship, posting a record of 27-6. During the same season, he was named District 12 coach of the year and region XXII coach of the year.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/EtGHKkPh6zI?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 21: Gerald Burton</a></p><p><p>Gerald Burton serves as chief of police for the Northport Police Department, and has been with NPD since 1998. As chief, he’s taken a community service approach to the police’s work, and emphasizes that his officers need to be involved with the community.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/5eJmdHbT0ZM?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 20: Jennifer Jackson</a></p><p><p>Jennifer Jackson is a Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy and works as a criminal investigator and as Holt High School’s school resource officer.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ykr1cSixsUk?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 19: Rodney Pelt</a></p><p><p>Rodney Pelt Sr. is the founder and CEO of Mind Changers Inc., a nonprofit organization offering high-level mentoring and community outreach to children in need.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/owaaE_Ilkzs?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 18: Catenya McHenry</a></p><p><p>Catenya McHenry is a communications expert with more than 20 years of experience in broadcast news, television production and media relations.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/5pI4P0cYing?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 17: Valreginia Fowler</a></p><p><p>Valreginia Fowler is a licensed funeral director and currently serves as an office manager of Wills Funeral Services.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/zOxT5FRI_OA?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 16: Mary Bailey</a></p><p><p>Mary Bailey is a veteran of the Marine Corps, serving for 13 years. Nowadays, she’s active at Hunter Chapel AME Zion Church and is a member of the Eastern Stars, using her positions to help spread Jesus’ word.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/xT2S4y5E3C0?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 15: James Holland</a></p><p><p>James Holland was the longtime coach of the Central High School girls’ basketball team, and is currently an elder at Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/vPjF_5whrlM?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 14: Sheryl Renee Jones</a></p><p><p>Sheryl Renee Jones is Christian education director and children’s Sunday school teacher at Jerusalem AME Zion Church.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/hzErsmQSqhw?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 13: Lakeda Smith</a></p><p><p>Lakeda Smith is executive director at the Benjamin Barnes branch of the YMCA in Tuscaloosa, and is the agency’s first female director.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/rEeibQ5cv_s?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 12: Phillip Craig</a></p><p><p>Phillip Craig began spreading his love of percussion in 2011 when he started Drum Nation. The school is dedicated to building a community of drummers in Tuscaloosa and the surrounding area.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/v_lZH4aOf-s?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”> Feb. 11: Sharon Hawkins</a></p><p><p>Sharon Hawkins is a certified registered nurse practitioner and is currently employed by the Alabama Department of Mental Health at Bryce Hospital, where she serves as a medical provider.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/YS-u0TeMoEE?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 10: Karen Thompson</a></p><p><p>Karen Thompson is the executive director for Temporary Emergency Services and has served in that position for 26 years.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/Nl_tHPutUn0?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 9: Pamela Pruitt</a></p><p><p>Pamela Pruitt is a retired educator who is still making a difference in the lives of others. Currently, she serves as an assistant supervisor of the Las Amigas Junior Federated Girls Club, volunteers at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School and is an advisory board member for the foster grandparent program.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/dxgpsgoOUbk?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 8: Emma Jean Melton</a></p><p><p>Emma Jean Melton has served as chair of the board of management for the Murphy African-American Museum since 1995, and is also active in several other community organizations.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/7RmJPyNcFXg?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 7: Eva Harris Owens</a></p><p><p>Eva Harris Owens is a national youth supervisor overseeing 38 state organizations.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/l962s17m4qI?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 6: Denise Perry</a></p><p><p>Denise Perry is a national board-certified counselor at Eastwood Middle School. In November, she was presented with the Alabama Counselor of the Year award by the Alabama School Counselor Association.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/UMdgGM0Eilk?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 5: Ranika Amerson</a></p><p><p>Ranika Amerson is assistant principal of Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ggjL_eLqba0?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 4: Rev. Matthew Wilson</a></p><p><p>Rev. Matthew Wilson serves at Providence Missionary Baptist Church in Marion, but he also serves on the Tuscaloosa City Schools’ Board of Education.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/zpSy6456nbg?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 3: Danny Steele</a></p><p><p>Danny Steele is co-owner of VanHoose and Steele Funeral Service and Cremation.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/vC3za_io45s?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 2: Raevan Howard</a></p><p><p>Raevan Howard serves as District 2 Tuscaloosa City Councilwoman.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/R3sR4tispHs?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p></p>

<p><a href=”#”>Feb. 1: Yosandra Lett</a></p><p><p>Yosondra Lett is principal of Southview Elementary School in Tuscaloosa.</p><p><iframe loading=”lazy” width=”702″ height=”395″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ncSXEMGT6vE?feature=oembed” frameborder=”0″ allow=”autoplay; encrypted-media” allowfullscreen></iframe></p><p> </p></p>

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