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2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Essay Contest
The NAACP has announced its plans for the 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr., Day essay contest. This year's theme is "The 1950s vs. Today: Before and After Martin Luther King.” Essays must be a minimum of 300 words and can be supplemented by artwork, photography, and video. Click on the following links for further information: Flyer, Application, Guidelines.
A Letter from Fairness West Virginia
Dear Friend of Fairness, The 2018 midterm elections saw a number of victories for equality and have us at Fairness West Virginia feeling energized! Fairmont voters made history when they resoundingly approved a Human Rights Ordinance with a resolution supporting LGBTQ nondiscrimination. It was the first time in West Virginia’s history that voters have approved an LGBTQ initiative at the ballot box. As you probably know, Fairmont City Council approved the ordinance last fall but a signature campaign led by an anti-LGBTQ Charleston activist resulted in the ordinance being placed on the ballot. When the final vote was counted, 57.86 percent of voters approved the measure. We want to recognize the local Fairmont supporters of inclusion who worked tirelessly knocking on doors and educating their neighbors about the need for this ordinance. Fairmont is among 15 communities that have taken steps toward inclusivity of LGBTQ residents. Eleven communities have passed ordinances with force of law, and three have passed resolutions similar to Fairmont’s. This is yet another example of the broad and deep support for an LGBT nondiscrimination state law. We've waited long enough! Yours in Fairness, Andrew Schneider, Executive Director.
Hidden Figures Purchased for Local Schools
We have purchased nine copies of Hidden Figures: Read Aloud version for the younger students (K-2) and nine copies of Hidden Figures: Young Readers Edition for older students (grades 3-5) for Monongalia County’s elementary schools. This is the landmark study of the African American women who worked for NASA, two of whom had connections to Monongalia County. We have placed a bookplate in each book to acknowledge our donation.
Moms Demand Action Group Forming in Morgantown
For more information and to be added to the mailing list, please contact Kathie Reilly at or Susie Donaldson at
MLK Community Choir Forming
Practices for this group will be at Greater St Paul AME church, 61 Beechurst Ave, Morgantown, WV 26505. “Calling all singers and musicians to join us as we practice for the Morgantown NAACP and St Paul AME Church annual MLK program on Sunday, January 20, 2019 at 3p.m. “For more information, please contact Debbie Robinson – 304-906-5262,
Monongalia County Child Advocacy Center Birthday Club
Information from the Center notes: "For a minimum donation of $25, you can honor your friends or family on their birthday and support a young victim of abuse on theirs. By joining the MCCAC’s Birthday Club, you will ensure that a child abuse victim in Monongalia County will receive a card and present on his/her birthday. If the donation is made in honor, or memory, of a friend or family member his/her birthday will be recognized on the MCCAC Birthday Calendar and they will receive a card informing them of the donation in their honor. This is a great opportunity to support a great cause and ensure that a young child abuse victim has a happy birthday!” For more information on this opportunity click here.
New Bereavement Support Group Starting for those who have lost loved ones due to the opioid epidemic
“We are starting a support group for those who have lost friends, family, or loved ones to the opioid epidemic. The group will run from 5-6pm every other Thursday, beginning July 19th. The group will be free of charge, but donations are appreciated. Donations from the group will be given to the West Virginia Family Grief Center. If you would like to attend please give our office a call so that we can have the appropriate space ready. This group is designed for those who are 18 years and older. If you have any questions, or would
like to reserve a spot, please call us at 304-460-5123 Option 1.”
Cole Warner, Harmony/ROOTS, 1005 White Willow Way, Morgantown, WV 26505
Phone: 304-460-5123 ext. 1