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Ceremony honors leaders
Award recipients are (from left); Mervin Brown Sr., Education Award: Rev. Thurman Echols Jr., Pioneer Award; Joan Ziglar, Law Award; Sandy Carter, Entrepreneurs Award; Helen Howell, Community Service Award; Curtis Millner Sr., Public Service Award; and Frank Scott, Athletics Award. (Contributed photo)
Several area leaders were recognized Saturday at a ceremony celebrating African American achievements in Martinsville and Henry County.
The ceremony took place at Galilean House of Worship. Garrett Dillard served as master of ceremonies and presented “Perseverance, Excellence and Pride (P.E.P.) Awards” to eight area leaders in eight categories.
The award recipients are as follows:
• Frank Scott in athletics. He taught and coached basketball at Laurel Park High School.
• Helen Howell in community service. She is a Martinsville teacher who spearheaded the local National Society for Black Engineers (NSBE) chapter.
• Mervin Brown Sr. in education. He retired in June from the Henry County Schools after a 50-year career in education.
• Sandy Carter in entrepreneurs. He owns a clothing store in uptown Martinsville.
• Joan Ziglar for law. She was Martinsville’s commonwealth attorney for 16 years.
• Rev. Thurman Echols Jr. for pioneer. He is the pastor at Moral Hill Baptist Church and a civil rights activist.
• Curtis Millner Sr. in public service. He is a member of the Henry County School Board, past chairman of the Fayette Area Historical Initiative (FAHI) board and retired from military service.
• Rev. John W. Tinsley in religion. He is a longtime educator and pastor.
Saturday’s event was sponsored by FAHI, D-Truth Foundation Inc. and Give Back Foundation Inc.