2022 African American history awards

Shaylon Mobley

Shaylon Mobley

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History theme for 2022 focuses on the importance of “Black Health and Wellness.” This theme acknowledges the legacy of not only African American scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also birth workers, doulas, midwives, naturopaths and herbalists throughout the African Diaspora.

In order to foster good health and wellness, African Americans have embarked on selfdetermination, mutual aid and social support initiatives to build hospitals, medical and nursing schools and community clinics. Clinics were established by individuals, grassroots organizations and mutual aid societies to provide spaces and to counter the economic and health disparities and discrimination that are found at mainstream institutions.

In the still overhanging shadow of COVID-19 pandemic, African American communities must look to the past to provide the light for our future, by embracing the rituals, traditions and healing modalities of our ancestors.

Kenisha B. Moore

Kenisha B. Moore

In commemoration of African American History Month, Burke County Improvement Association President Emanuel Larkin Jr. recently announced the 2022 African American Heritage Award recipients.

The African American Heritage Arts Award was presented to Shaylon Mobley as author of “Really Great Friends.” Also, Kenisha B. Moore received the Arts Award for writing “And Then Wrote About It” and “A Season of Birthing: Unlocking the Power Within.”

J’dynn Allen received The African American Heritage Athletic Award for achieving the 2021 Region Champion Track Meet 100 meter (12.70 seconds) and the 200 meter (26.84 seconds). Bettye Jackson received The African American Heritage Community Service Award for providing clothing and non-perishable bagged food for Malawi children orphaned by the HIV/ Aids epidemic and also providing cultural and educational experiences for children of Burke County.

The African American Heritage Trailblazer Award went to Ashley Moore Jr. for being elected as the first African American Probate Judge of Burke County.

J'dynn Allen

J’dynn Allen

Ashley Moore Jr.

Ashley Moore Jr.

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