During the month of February, recognized nationally as “Black History Month,” the Town of Williamston and The Journal recognized five area African Americans who have a great impact on the community.
Honorees included Tony Taylor, Williamston’s first African-American police chief, Officer Darlene Crawford, first African-American female police officer for the town; Dr. Harold Mackey (Former Williamston Councilman and Educator) and wife Bobbie Mackey (Teacher and Educator) and Roosevelt Thompson deceased (Owner of Unity Mortuary).
Williamston Ward 1 Councilman Tony Hagood spearheaded the project.
“I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Mayor, council and everyone who was involved with the acknowledgement of Black History Month,” Councilman Hagood said. “Each of the honorees and their families were very grateful for the honor and recognition of their achievements. If the old proverb “It takes a village to raise a child” holds true; it makes it part of my responsibility as a producer, protector and provider to make sure the young of all walks of life are nurtured and cultivated with information, which will usher them into a better way of life.”
Hagood said, “Black History Month gives us that opportunity to relay the information of encouragement; a hurdle that most times causes our children, teens and sometimes our adults, to fall into a state of failure. But by showcasing our honores it communicated that the power of knowledge, perseverance and hard work are sowed, cultivated and reaped in our communities.”
A proclamation approved by Williamston Town Council stated that Black History Month is observed in the community as an opportunity to increase knowledge about African American heritage and to honor leaders who have contributed greatly to the progress of the nation and the community.