Leola Cantly Memorial

Leola‎ Gilliam‎ Cantly,‎ born‎ January‎ 2nd,‎ 1930‎ in‎ Mt.‎ Pleasant,‎ Texas,‎ was‎ a‎ loving‎ and‎ faithful‎ preacher’s‎ wife,‎ mother‎ of‎ seven‎ children,‎ 23‎ grandchildren,‎ 37‎ great‎ grandchildren. She was a‎ ravenous‎ reader‎ of‎ romance‎ novels‎ and‎ had a‎ love‎ for‎ road‎ trips‎ across‎ the‎ USA.‎ ‎ Leola‎ and‎ her‎ husband‎ Nathaniel‎ grew‎ up,‎ graduated‎ from‎ high‎ school‎ and‎ married‎ in‎ Kilgore,‎ Texas‎ and‎ have‎ been‎ married‎ 65‎ years‎ this‎ past‎ May.‎ 
Leola‎ attended‎ Prarie‎ View‎ University‎ majoring‎ in‎ library‎ sciences.‎ After‎ moving‎ to‎ Amarillo‎ Leola‎ was‎ one‎ of‎ the‎ first‎ black‎ nursing‎ students‎ to‎ attend‎ St.‎ Anthony’s‎ Hospital’s‎ LVN‎ nursing‎ program.‎ Leola‎ went‎ on‎ to‎ work‎ for‎ the‎ newly‎ opened‎ High‎ Plains‎ Baptist‎ Hospital,‎ now‎ BSA,‎ and‎ retired‎ after‎ 28‎ years‎ at‎ Shepherd’s‎ Crook‎ Home‎ Health.‎ 
Leola‎ spent‎ tireless‎ hours‎ serving‎ our‎ community‎ providing‎ blood‎ pressure‎ and‎ other‎ health‎ screenings.‎ ‎ 
Leola‎ was‎ a‎ member‎ of‎ North‎ Heights‎ Church‎ of‎ Christ‎ along‎ side‎ her‎ husband‎ for‎ over‎ 50‎ years‎ and‎ a‎ lifetime‎ member‎ of‎ Amarillo‎ Branch‎ of‎ NAACP‎ where‎ she‎ recieved the Branch Lifetime Achievement Award. 

Upcoming Events In August

August 8th
Executive Committee Meeting
(Executive Committee Members Only)
Warford Center

Warford Center

August 10th
General Membership Meeting
Mt. Olive Baptist

August 10th
3rd Quarter State Leadership Conference
Temple, Texas
All Day

For more information see the Event Calendar

AISD Board of Trustees Votes Unanimously

The Amarillo Independent School District voted unanimously last night to change the name of Robert E. Lee Elementary to Park Hills Elementary. In the words of AISD Board President, Robin Malone:

We understand that it’s part of our history, but I strongly agree that it does not need to be a part of our future. The name of this school is righting a wrong. It’s about facing implicit biases. We are voting on a name change, but it’s so much deeper than that.”

Amarillo College Board of Regents Annual Budget Workshop

Please join us in attending the AC Board of Regents annual Budget Workshop. This is your chance to show support for an organization that helps bring education and opportunity to so many people. It’s also a chance to learn about and influence AC’s priorities for the coming year.

Tuesday, August 6, 5P-9P
2nd Floor of the Amarillo College Student Union
Palo Duro Board Room

AISD School Board Meeting Monday

Please join us in attending the AISD School Board meeting Monday to show support for our schools and to encourage the board to finish the process of renaming Robert E. Lee Elementary.

Monday, June 15th, 6PM
AISD Admin Building

Be sure to fill out a public comment card if you wish to speak.

Amarillo Branch NAACP Presents A Night At the Esquire

Amarillo Branch NAACP Presents
A Night at the Esquire
Benefiting Scholarships and the ACT-SO youth program.

Join us for an evening of entertainment with:

– Kerlee Clay & Neal Nossaman
– Ruth Ellen Lynch and Mike Prerez
– Love Session

Tickets are $40 and include cover, heavy appetizers and one signature cocktail or soda.
Donations also welcome if you can’t attend.

History Making Meeting At AISD

Board members of Amarillo ISD

Robin. Malone made history May 23rd.

“[Malone] made AISD Board of Trustee history as Malone is the first black woman to serve as president” – Amarillo Globe News

And in their first meeting as the incoming board, new members Kimberly Anderson, Alonzo Everhart and Dick Ford joined returning members Robin Malone, Renee McCown and John Blanchard, voting unanimously to rename Lee Elementary according to the newly adopted school naming policy. This policy requires schools to be named for an adjacent street, the housing development, or an important historical figure specifically relevant to Amarillo.

Congratulations to Ms Malone on her new responsibilities and to the AISD Board for choosing setting a positive example for our children and our community in their very first meeting.



Important Amarillo AISD Meeting Tuesday

Please be sure to attend the AISD board meeting Tuesday, May 21 at 6:00 p.m. Important issues effecting our community are are on the agenda, including consideration of a request by the Amarillo Branch of the NAACP to rename Robert E. Lee Elementary.  See you there!