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)?
Roanoke, Virginia is often called the "Star City". Who are famous African-Americans (past and present) with roots in the Valley? The first ones that come to mind for me (KOH) are Booker T. Washington (from Franklin County - legendary world leader), Oliver Hill (Roanoke - late civil rights attorney), Oscar Micheaux (Harlem Renaissance filmmaker), Charles "Big Dog" Thornhill (Roanoke - '60s college football) and Al Holland (Roanoke - major league baseball), but there must be many others before them and since from all throughout the Valley (including the surrounding counties) - and from all professions. We would like to post this so that the world will see our stars! This will be compiled, updated regularly and listed at: http://roanokerelatives.weebly.com/roanoke.html. This list is of all African-Americans from the Valley, not just relatives.
In 2012 would you personally want to attend a college that has less than 20 African-American freshmen?
In 2012 there are thousands of colleges and universities to choose from, and most of those colleges offer fields of study (majors and minors) that should make you employable. With that said, would you personally want to attend a college or university in 2012 that has less than 20 African-American freshmen (freshpersons)? The University of the Pacific in Stockton, California needs to now demonstrate a better result, but it is not alone unfortunately.
Did you know that African-Americans are perhaps the nation’s largest or second largest ethnic group, surpassing the other six largest ethnic groups; English-Americans, Irish-Americans, Mexican-Americans, Italian-Americans, Cuban-Americans and German-Americans?
Pictured above are two photos of KOH's senior sister in Roanoke, Virginia. She passed away in July 2012. The photo on the left accurately shows her in her maturity, while the photo on the right was taken of her when she was a teenager. Both photos capture her beauty. We are only here for a short time, so let those that you love and care about know how you feel while they are with you. Our heartfelt sympathies go out to her two sons, Billy and Barry, her daughter-in-law Vickie, her grandchildren, and her many friends and family.
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