Priceless Vol 14 Number 3

Personal and Professional Empowerment

Local NAACP Branch Hosts Life Membership Banquet

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Local Councilwoman Elected to Lead in League of Cities' Group

Norfolk State University Homecoming Photos

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Free December 2019 Serving Norfolk, Portsmouth, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach since 2006

Senate Passes Bill to Renew Expired Funding for HBCUs

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Celebrating the Life of a Virginia Jewel, Mary T. Christian

Norfolk City Councilwoman Angelia Williams Graves BY CITY OF NORFOLK

NORFOLK, VA – Norfolk City Councilwoman Angelia Williams Graves was elected

to National leadership in the League of Cities

(NLC) National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (NBC-LEO). Councilwoman Graves currently represents Norfolk’s Superward 7. She was elected as Second Vice President of NBC-LEO after serving one year as an At-Large member of the Board of Directors. NBC-LEO serves as one of the oldest and largest constituency groups for black elected officials within NLC. Councilwoman

Graves was

elected during the 2019 City Summit in San Antonio.

Councilwoman constituency

shares, “NBC-LEO is the largest

Graves group

within NLC. As Second Vice President I will have the opportunity to advocate for issues that are important to the

citizens of Norfolk at a federal level and gain valuable

Health Opinion

knowledge to improve the

quality of life of citizens at the local level.”

space for elected officials to


NBC-LEO provides a connect and advocate for

policies that benefit their community. Members benefit from education,


networking as well. NBC-LEO also guides and influences NLC’s advocacy platforms at the federal level as they relate to issues affecting the African American community.

The leadership

Councilmember Forest Hill, TX

of this

year’s committee include: NBC-LEO President:

Carlie Jones,

Councilmember Russell Neal, Akron, OH


President: Angelia

Sharon Hurt, Nashville, TN NBC-LEO Second Vice

NBC-LEO First Vice Councilmember

Councilmember Williams Graves, Norfolk, VA

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Homelessness Crisis: We Are Better Than This

Opportunity Hampton Roads Upcoming Events Scholarships Watch

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13 NBC-LEO President-elect:

Dr. Mary T. Christian with Hampton University President Dr. William R. Harvey BY BRENDA BUCHANON

Dr. Mary Taylor Christian, born August 9, 1924 in Hampton, Virginia,

died on

Monday, November 11, 2019. Dr. Christian’s death leaves her family and community void of her leadership, kindness, and wisdom. She has been described as a humble servant by constituents and students; a great delegate, mentor, teacher, leader, and humanitarian. A determined woman of great strength and loving kindness to anyone needing a helping hand, she never wavered in her pursuit of education for all.

employment Institute

Dr. Christian in


propelled laundry

(now Hampton University)

herself from at Hampton to

secretary, and ultimately to the position as Hampton’s Dean of the School of Education in 1980. Dr. Christian maintained her visibility in the community and was affectionately called Dr. C. by her students at Hampton University.

Her parents were a homemaker and businessman; she grew up in a home of five siblings with little money, however her parents instilled in her the necessity for a MARY CHRISTIAN PAGE 10

Social Security Expands Public Hours at Offices Nationwide

Wednesdays to Return to Full Public Service Hours; Agency to Hire 1,100 Direct Service Employees


on January




Security offices nationwide will be open to the public on Wednesday afternoons, Andrew Saul, Commissioner of Social Security, announced. This change restores Wednesday public service

hours that were last in place in late 2012. “I don’t want someone to come to our office at 2:30 on a Wednesday only to find our doors closed,” Commissioner Saul said. In another move to improve service SOCIAL SECURITY PAGE 14

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