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.
WVU Center for Black Culture and Research Academic 2019 STARS
The WVU Center for Black Culture and Research sponsors a program every summer for
newly enrolled African American freshman designed to enrich their college experience.
“Entitled Academic STARS, (Students Achieving and Reaching Success) this five-week
program helps students build a solid academic foundation, develop cultural self-awareness,
and enhance theirleadership potential. Along with offering a credit bearing course, the
experience includes three workshops as well as a variety of other academic and social
activities. See here for more. Application deadline is May 3.
Moms Demand Action Group Forming in Morgantown
For more information and to be added to the mailing list, please contact Kathie Reilly at
firstname.lastname@example.org or Susie Donaldson at Susie.email@example.com.
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
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
CCSJ at Morgantown Pride Block Party
Mike Attfield and Barb Howe staffed a table for us at the block party on Saturday,
April 13th. It was a beautiful spring day, and there was a large crowd, so we gathered
many names to add to our mailing list and sold our “coexist” bumper stickers. Kudos to
Morgantown Pride for the excellent coordination that led to such a successful event.
Response To KKK Flyers
Morgantown residents know that a KKK group out of North Carolina randomly
distributed flyers in yards in the area, including in Wiles Hill, on March 17th. We
notified the NAACP members, who discussed the issue at their March 19th meeting, as we
did at our meeting the same night. Sandra Nelms and Susan Brown, our co-chairs, wrote g
a letter to the editor of the Dominion Post as our response to this act of hate. It
appeared on April 3.
NEW Steering Committee Member
We welcome Greg Spransy as a new member of our steering committee.
CCSJ Purchased Books on Display at Library
Some of the books purchased by the Morgantown Library are currently on display.