To mothers, grandmothers and aunts (only) reading this, at some point most or many of your daughters, granddaughters, nieces and/or little sisters or cousins, etc. will consider becoming mothers. What positive pointers would you give them about this important role?
In March 2014, led by the vision of Tuan Reynolds of Roanoke, VA, and others, the Reynolds side of the family started a Reynolds Family page on Facebook. Pictured left are the family patriarch (Tazwell Reynolds, born in 1862 in Franklin County, VA) and the matriarch (Mariah Guerrant Reynolds, born in in 1863 in Franklin County, VA). They were wed in 1885. They were born when Abraham Lincoln was U.S. president. Today their descendants are productive and nationwide. To the members and friends of the family, what has the experience now been like connecting or re-connecting with family on the Reynolds Family page (and beyond)?
Are there more doctors in our family? If so, please let me know by posting a comment or two on our family blog page. I had a very nice conversation with LeQuan Hylton of Richmond, Virginia (January 2014), and have now added him to the list. He is working on his doctorate at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. No, everyone does not need to be a doctor, but at least our youth need to know they have options and role models. By the way, does anyone know the difference between a doctoral student and a doctoral candidate? Thoughts about this post and the importance of education?
I was having a discussion with a friend recently and he commented on the belief that fewer young people, and in particular young men, are in Church today. This caused me to wonder about something. When you were growing up, was your minister, pastor (or Imam) also very visible in your community or did he (or she) primarily stay in the pulpit?
Congratulations to the entire Hylton-Joyce family for keeping the family tradition alive in 2013. This year the family reunion took place in August in Charlotte, North Carolina. The next family reunion will be in 2015 in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Pictured left are cousins; Shevonne Martin, Leartis Martin and Yazmin Price. More reunion photos will be posted shortly.
This month's question: If you attended the reunion, what were one or two highlights? If you were not able to attend (KOH is guilty), do you plan to attend in 2015?
Roanoke is not New York or Los Angeles, two cities that I have also lived, or Chicago, a city I became very familiar with when I was a graduate student in Illinois, but Roanoke still has a certain charm that makes it special. Is it a hick town, a country town or a big city? I give it a thumbs up, which is why I am doing my best to bring the following university to the Valley:
Wishing all our friends and family much continued success now that they have earned their high school and college degrees in 2013. The journey is not over, but it must feel good today!
Ethel (Ellie) Hylton (pictured left) -- Top graduating student at the top university in the world. Ellie graduated from Harvard in May, and won the prize for the graduating Harvard senior with the highest grade point average (GPA). She also graduated summa cum laude, Phi Betta Kappa, and won two important college prizes for her senior thesis. Ellie's parents, Keith N. Hylton and Maria O'Brien Hylton, both law professors at Boston University, are also Harvard graduates. Ellie is also the niece of Soledad O'Brien, a Harvard graduate and CNN news personality.
When I (KOH) formed INVR Standards / HHEW as a media, education and leadership consortium, I wanted it to be something all of my family members and friends would not only be proud of, but also like to be a part of. Please take a look through the INVR / HHEW website and let me know where you think you could play a role. Or where it falls short.
Feel free to leave comments (even corrections) on any of these posts (old and current ones) at any time.