Engineering Community & Legacies

The Holistic Engineering Education Path is Engineering Community & Legacies by Strengthening Intergenerational Relationships


Pictured in this photograph are 10th Annual Juneteenth Freedom Jubilee performers “Slender Gang” along with elders & community leaders Dr. Beverly Underdue & Margaret Garner of Garysburg Volunteer Public Library as they review materials from Halifax Community College distributed by a superb pre-schooler usher team.

Not familiar with the special day of observance referred to as “Juneteeth“?

Juneteenth, also referred to as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, is observed on June 19th and carries significance as the emancipation of the last remaining enslaved persons in the United States.

In 2015, Creative Director, LaToya Williams aided in spearheading the Juneteenth Day weekend celebrated in Pittsburgh at Conflict Kitchen,


and in 2016 festivities lasted from June 18 -26  with an array of food from the diaspora and independent chefs from the Greater Pittsburgh region.

It was an awesome opportunity for small business owners to expand their brand and for the regular Conflict Kitchen crowd, patronizing for what is typically an international feast, to dig into some national good eats offered by African – Americans from the city of Pittsburgh.  With an interest to bring all I’ve learned from the my experiences with Pittsburg creatives, the Pittsburgh Bridge, serves as an opportunity to “reach back” by sharing new knowledge with the community.

With the model of our steadfast elders preceeding me, on June 3rd 2017, members of the Roanoke Valley spent the day at Garysburg Community Center in celebration of African-American history and heritage through community performances and a Car & Bike Show.  Attendees supported our local farmers and merchants at the Garysburg Farmers Market and gained a wealth of knowledge from presenters and information shared through other vendors.

Enjoy photographs from the 10th Annual Junteenth Freedom Jubilee!


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