Slaughter Library/Legacy Foundation

By CONSTANCE SLAUGHTER-HARVEY,


MAP Head Start State Training Conference was a Huge Success
We are sorry to learn of the death of Mr. Michael Terrell Ford, son of Ora Bell Ford and Madison Handford. He was a Forest High School graduate and transitioned November 18th in Mt. Olive. Memorial services were held Saturday, November 25th at Mapp Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Larry Reed, Sr. officiating and delivering the eulogy.  Mrs. Susie J. Boyd was the mistress of ceremony and other program participants included Mr. R. C. Williams and Mr. Keegan Robinson who provided beautiful musical tributes. Our prayers are with his family, especially his wife, Lisa Ford, and children Ora, Sherrell and Lela.  Please keep them in your prayers.
Please continue to remember our readers who are facing health challenges.
It was good speaking with Mrs. Roseann Lynn on Thanksgiving Day. She was enjoying her children, grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren and sent her love and holiday greetings. 
The Mississippi Action for Progress (MAP) 51st Annual State Training Conference was held Wednesday through Friday, November 8-11, 2017 at the Hilton Hotel on County Line in Jackson.  Local MAP family representatives from the Forest Community Center and the Midway Center were actively involved in the conference.  Representing the Midway Center were Center Administrator Mable Odom, Sheila Kelly, Region 3 Representative Deborah Harrison, Outstanding Parent of the Year Kenyon Bobbitt and out-going State Board Member Shonda Mazique.
The Forest Community Center was represented by Center Administrator Sheila Youngblood Brown, Rashun Flucker, Region 3 Staffer of the Year Ruby Robinson Bolden, Robbie Moore Brown, Ashley Gray, Region 3 Policy Council Representative Keilah Kincaid, Amanda Chunn, and Region 3 Policy Council Chairperson Michelle Noblin Hunt.
Scott County Circuit Clerk Rebecca “Becky” Gray served as one of the Conference speakers and spoke on How Head Start Prepared her as a Head Start graduate from Midway Center. She challenged all to recognize God’s goodness and to always put forth their best. Her remarks were most inspirational and she received glowing comments from those in attendance. Mrs. Gray was accompanied by her husband, Billy Gray. It was a wonderful session and we join in congratulating our own Circuit Clerk for such an excellent presentation. 
Constance Slaughter-Harvey was the closing speaker on Friday morning. She was introduced by one of her mentees, Hinds County Chancellor Patricia Wise, who is also a member of the MAP State Board of Directors. Attorney Slaughter-Harvey stressed the importance of all children receiving a head start in life and saluted the members of the Scott County MAP family for preparing the Scott County Head Start students to be well equipped to enter the public schools.
Mrs. Estella Smith was honored and saluted Tuesday, November 14th when the Forest Community Center Head Start family, including all classes, and “Happy Birthday” to her on her 88th birthday! She also received hugs and a beautiful gift!  She is MAP’s oldest and most faithful community supporter and we join in wishing Mrs. Smith a very happy birthday.  Following this recognition, Mrs. Smith joined the MAP family in enjoying their traditional delicious Thanksgiving Dinner.
We enjoyed participating in the Excel Learning Center’s Annual Silent Auction and thank the staff, board and volunteers for their hospitality during this week-long event. We always find good deals and thank those making the contributions.
Our mentors are looking forward to students returning from the Thanksgiving break and express appreciation to the parents for their support of the Legacy Mentoring programs for Hawkins girls and boys. During this time of Thanksgiving, we thank our volunteer mentors, namely, Mesdames Dorothy Strong, Shonnette Kelley, Constance Slaughter-Harvey, Verna Myers from Madison, Constance Olivia Burwell from Jackson and Dorothy Pinkston, Andrew Crudup and Henry Slaughter!
Congratulations to Jeremiah Bates, son of Greg and Penelope Bates, who is presently attending Work Services for the Blind in Little Rock, AK where he will complete his certification in August.  He intends to pursue a Business Administration degree at Hinds Community College. He was home visiting his family during the Thanksgiving holiday.
Happy birthday greetings to babies born during the first week in December, namely, Lakendra and Lakenya Scott (1), Johnnie Porter, Jean McCusker, and Andre' Hollis (2), Josh Pinkston and Mrs. Willann Price (3), Billy Johnson, Jr. (4), Joseph Bergin and (5), Betty Ward Fletcher and Jasmine Burks (6).
Answer to Quiz Teaser # 432:  Staff Sergeant Clothildes (Tita) Tate is the first African American Sales. Service Distribution Associate (Postal Clerk)/Acting Postmaster in Morton. She is also a retired Staff Sergeant E6 Military Police Officer.  Thanks Dr. Emma York for your contribution!
Quiz Teaser # 433:  Who was the first Scott County athlete to be drafted by the National Football League?