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Page A-2, The Tuskegee News,, March 6, 2003 'Ms. Senior Macon' Pageant Sunday Mrs. Johnnie Mae Bailey and Mrs. Lee Vania Williams will compete Sunday, March 9, in the "Ms. Senior Macon County" contest. The event will be at Central Alabama Veteran's Health Care (CAVHCS) campus in Tuskegee, Building 90, at 3:30 p.m. The local winner will par- Bailey ticipate later this year in "Ms. Senior Alabama" competition. The pageant is sponsored by the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP). Mrs. Johnnie Mac Bailey, the youngest of 14 c~dren was bern and raised in Russell County on a farm where she helped raise farm animals and live stock. She moved to Tuskegee in 1966 and mar- ried Sidney Lester Bailey Sr. in 1971. Mrs. Bailey is also a proud mother of 10 children (six living), 20 grandkids and 12 great grand- kids. Mrs. Bailey retired from the Veteran's Administration (VANC) as a cook, and is now living out her GOLDEN YEARS as a house- wife, grandmother, and part-time business owner. She is also a member 0fthe Deaconess Board of Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church, and a Missionary worker. Her past accomplishments include, but are not limited to: Order of the Eastern Star (Tuskegee's Pride Chapter), and a helping hand to anyone in need by donating clothes to friends. Come out and show your support for Tuskegee's own Senior for the year 2003, Mrs. Johnnie Mae Bailey. She's a woman who can make your spirits soar. Mrs. Lee Vania Williams is a widow with one child and three grandchildren. She's a member of Williams Washington Chapel A.M.E. Church involved with: the Widows Ministry; President, Board of Religious Education; Women's Ministry; Pastor's Aide Board, Pastor's Assistant; and member of the Gospel Choir. Mrs. Williams received GED, received Certificate in Early Childhood Development from Malcolm-Harlem College, New York, N.Y. and has had special training in General Office, Bible Study, Nutrition and Nurse's Aid. She has worked with children and the elderly. Her special interest and hobbies are preach- ing, singing gospel songs, helping others, teaching young children, sewing, drawing, arts and crafts, cooking and reading. She describes life since reaching the age of 60 as decreased physical stamina and increased wisdom and courage; continued love and service to God, family and communi- ty. Mary L. Harris is Pageant Coordinator and Mrs. Florence P. Tyner is Director, RSVP. TU to celebrate Tuskegee women thrOugh several March programs TU News Bureau Tuskegee University is "Celebrating Tuskegee Women" with observances that honor women who broke barriers and sur- passed obstacles to prove to generations that women can not only lead, but can change the world. One of those catalysts of change was Bess Bolden Walcott, a true Tuskegee legend. "Bess Bolden Walcott is known for her public service through the American Red Cross," said Connie Cook, executive secre- tary of the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame in Marion. "She was the first Black female to serve as a Red Cross Acting Field Director. This wa's during the World War II era. Mrs. made the impossible possible for military women and pilots today. On behalf of women everywhere, I salute them for their hard work and dedication," she said. Capt. Carter hopes the women's history observances remain on Tuskegee's calen- dar. "Rarely," she said, "do you get the opportunity to honor the greatness of women who live in your own community until it is too late." The National Park Service will sponsor a - 3 p.m. March 31 visit by Dr. Gwen Patton, a civil rights activist who graduated from Tuskegee and served as the University's first student government association pres- ident. Patton's presentation will be in the Carver Museum. "Celebrating Tuskegee Women" is an out- Walcott is~xemembered for the significant- growth of- a literary endeavor, begun, by role~l~,i~layed~ir~ conaerviz~g ,the, unique three Tuskegee women who areprominent in their own right. Dr. Vivian L. Carter, assistant psychology and sociology professor, Dr. A. Caroline Gephard, assistant English professor, and Dr. Gwen Jones, retired professor of English, are co-authors of "Invisible Legacy: The Women of Tuskegee 1881- 1981." The book will be published by the University of Alabama Press in 2004. A number of opportunities for the trio to publicly share their research have resulted from the many hours of sifting through archives, turning the pages of dusty old books and picking the memories of living libraries. But the many speaking engagements and conferences simply don't compare, they say, to their successful effort to convince the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame to rec- ognize Walcott. "In the course of our research, we have uncovered an extraordinary number of firsts and the many achievements of Tuskegee women and have spoken across the state about what we've found," said Gephard. "Bess Bolden Walcott'S daughter heard us speak at the library here at Tuskegee and said, 'You really ought to look at the information about my mother in the archives.'" They did look, and what they found was astonishing. "Tuskegee women carry the name of Tuskegee to other areas--locally, nationally and internationally," Jones said. "Bess Bolden Walcott, for example, was elected National Vice President of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom and spent some time in Liberia, Africa." For the women of the "Invisible Legacy" project, the Women's History Month obser- vances at Tuskegee and their forthcoming book are simply the start of something spectacular. "The accomplishments of Tuskegee women actually mirror the accomplish- ments of the men," said Vivian Carter. "Women should also share in being repre- sented and recognized in Tuskegee's histo- ry. "This book addresses the lack of visibility of these women and their accomplish- ments, but this is just the beginning of what we have planned. It's more," Vivian Carter said, "than just a book." historic legacy of Tuskegee Institute (now University)," Cook said: Walcott - who established Tuskegee's chapter of the Red Cross, chronicled the efforts .of the Tuskegee Airmen as a public relations specialist and was curator of the Dr. George Washington Carver Museum - will be inducted into the Alabama Women's Hall of Fame on March 6. Tuskegee University will host Walcott's family at a campus-wide celebration Monday, March 10, at 3 p.m. in the Kellogg Conference Center. Dr. Benjamin F. Payton, president of Tuskegee University, is "excited and proud" that Alabama will immortalize Walcott's "54-year career at Tuskegee and her legacy as ~in educator, a librarian, writer, editor, administrator, museum curator and humanitarian." Walcott, whose name is etched on a cam- pus street sign, is one of only two 2003 inductees into the Hall and is also the sec- ond Tuskegee woman to be inducted. In 1972, the Hall inducted Margaret Murray Washington who, while teaching at Tuskegee, founded the Mt. Meigs school for boys and an industrial school for girls. She was also married to Booker T. Washington, Tuskegee's founder and first president. Her namesake, Margaret Murray Washington Hall, is slated for refurbishing as part of Tuskegde's ongoing $60 Million Legacy Campaign. Walcott's celebration is a grand part of a month-long tribute to Tuskegee women that actually kicked off in late February with a visit by star athletes Alice Coachman Da.vis, the first Black woman to win Olympic gold, and Lula Hymes Glenn, a track and field champion. Also honored this month in a March 3 event sponsored by Tuskegee's Army and Air Force ROTC were: Mildred Hemmons Carter, the first Black woman in Alabama to be awarded a pilot's license, and Capt. A. Noel Campbell Mitchell, one of the nation's first Black female military officers. "Honoring. great Tuskegee women is needed as much as the very air we breathe," said Capt. Renita Carter, assis- tant professor of aerospace studies at Tuskegee. Capt. Carter, who only coinci- dently shares last names with Mildred H. Carter, said she was very pleased with the exchange and mentoring the two women were able to share with ROTC students. "Honoring Mrs. Carter and Capt. Mitchell was a privilege. These women Macon County Commission meeting Monday at Booker T. Washington Hi The Macon County Commission meeting will be held on Monday, March 10 at Booker T. Washington High School at 10 a.m. The reason for the change of the meeting place from the Macon County Courthouse is to give the students the opportunity to see how government works first hand... Charity Day at Victoryland Victoryland will have its Charity Day event on Tuesday, March 11. This special day is set aside to promote charities in this area. All the profits from the VictoryLand on this day, will be given to various char- ities that submit application to the MaconCounty Racing Commission. Please come visit us Tuesday for an evening out. The food is good and the enter- tainment is too. Plus, all the profits go back to the communities through charities such as the YMCA, the Red Cross and other worth causes in our area... Open House, Ribbon Cutting Set for Tuskegee Community Network Tuskegee Community Network (TCN/TV 6) will be having an Open House and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Saturday, March 8 at the new location 1005 North Church Street at noon. Refreshments and enter- tainment. Please bring a wave and a smile "Camera's On'. contact person: Jimmy Johnson at 725-0066, Office at 727-0051. Tuskegee/Macon County YMCA Baseball Tuskegee Macon County YMCA Dixie Youth and American Legion Baseball regis- tration will run through March 21. We need children and teens ages 5 to 18 to register for baseball. All youth must register at the Tuskegee Macon County YMCA located in Abbott Park. For more information please call the Tuskegee Macon County YMCA 724-2187... als with knowledge Additionally, all second grade be observed as potential gifted using a gifted behavior checklist. For each student referred, gathered in the following three areas: 1. Aptitude 2. Characteristics 3. Performance The scores from the used are entered on a matrix where are assigned according to established ria. The total number of points determines if the student qualifies for services. For more information, please Fmmie S. Adams at (334) 7271600. make a referral, contact your child's Competitive Swimming in the Winter? In Tuskegee? Yes. Practices will be held on Tuesday Thursday evenings from 6:30-7:30 p.m. 8-10 on Saturday mornings. The will be at the Chappie James Tuskegee University on Tuesday Thursday evenings and The East YMCA Montgomery on Saturday Swimmers 7-18 must be able to swim length of the pool. Swimming is a sport that improves fitness and important life skills. Experienced will provide a structured environment swimming of all levels to improve. A way for summer league swimmers to pare for the coming summer Swimmers will be coached by Coach Synder and Coach Paul Mielke of Montgomery YMCA Barracudas. Coach Synder and Coach Mielke have than 40 years of coaching Swimmers will, be able to compete the winter season as a part of Montgomery YMCA Barracudas... Tuskegee-Macon County Head Start Slots Available The Tuskegee-Macon County Head slots are available for children age years old by Sept. 1, four-years-old and years old after Sept. 1. American D.C. Wolfe, South Macon, and Adams. For further information, please c tact: Family Services Department at 2116 or 724-2149... Gifted Student Program Explained Program Offered by Cancer Gifted students are those who perform at Women often say that one of the high levels in academic or creative fields parts of their cancer treatment was when compared to others of their age, expe- their hair. To help face hair loss and rience, or environment. These students side effects, the American Cancer reqttire services not ordinarily provided ,bye. offers-a~free the regular sChOol program. Students pos- Better. The session teachcfi sessing these abilities can be found in all populations, across all economic strata, and in all areas of human endeavor. A student may be referred by teachers, counselors, administrators, parents or guardians, peers, self, or any other individu- techniques and ways to enhance appearance and self-image during treatment. For more information register, call 1-800-ACS-2345... Ford briefed during White House State Rep. Johnny L. Ford of Tuskegee was invited to by President George W. Bush to a luncheon meeting at the White House for a briefing on critical national and internation- al issues this past weekend. "I learned a lot at the meeting with the President. Things that can make me better informed on matters of critical concern which effect our nation and the world," Ford said. "The more infol:med I am the better I can inform the citizens I serve, who are all concerned about the possibility of war, our national security, and of course the condition of the economy." Since his move to the Republican Party, Rep. Ford has been working much closer with Gov. Bob Riley and his cabinet on the state and international level, and has ed White House and Congressional with Senate Majority Leader Bill Senator Richard Shelby, Senator Sessions, Congressmen Mike Rc Artur Davis. "I will continue to meet and work~ Republican and Democratic leaders effort to attract resources for the represent in Alabama." Ford is also spoke to the President ing funding for the Tuskegee National Park Museum. He also sat at a table with State Gen. Colin Powell during the the White House. AL~,ua,~v~ IE~x::H~.;= B,.,m: Member FDIC ATM-24-ltour Ba~kin~ FXive-thru Bankin~ [;~]ual Hc~sin8 [~nder