North Heights Meeting Thursday

Just a reminder that there will be a North Heights Meeting tomorrow (Thursday, August 22) at the Black Cultural Center, 901 N. Hayden from 6:00PM to 7:30PM

From the flyer:
“Zoe Middleton will discuss community outreach for upcoming rezoning, and the outcome of speaking with Banks for home ownership.”

“We are working together to change the zoning for the benefit of the North Heights Neghborhood!”

For more information please call: (806) 670-2289

This is not an NAACP event, but it’s an important event for anyone with an interest in Amarillo’s future to attend.

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.

July Monthly Meeting

The Amarillo Branch NAACP will host a monthly meeting Saturday July 13th at Mount Olive Baptist Church 1015 North Monroe at 1 pm.

As a new school year gets closer all who attend are asked to bring school supplies. Crayons, pens, pencils, notebooks, paper, backpacks….Anything to help our children start the school year prepared and ready to learn

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.