"First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." -- Mahatma Gandhi

Congratulations Miz Verna!

January 23rd, 2009 by mopns · No Comments

From a recent Move-On-Up.org blog post:

One of the many criticisms African American Conservatives receive from our fellow African Americans on the other side of the aisle, is that we preach our message of self empowerment from an ivory tower, and that we are not in touch with the problems many in our community face everyday. As many of us her know, that is not always the truth, and that many of us are giving back.

I proudly want to recognize my friend and fellow Move-On-Up member Verna Harris- LaBoy on her recent honor. Verna recently received the Stephen’s College (Columbia, Missouri) Martin Luther King Jr. Award. Here is an excerpt from a story in the Columbian Missourian newspaper. Congratulations Verna!

“The honor recognizes those who embody the principles and human values reflected in King’s work. Harris-Laboy was recognized for her work as the founder of The Ladies Night Out at Worley Street Manor. For more than two years, she has welcomed women into her home each Thursday for a home-cooked meal and informal counseling. Nearly 350 women have been touched by her kindness.

She also works with Living Large for Real, a free community program that offers spiritual growth and practical skills classes.

“I was just a little girl when King was assassinated,” Harris-Laboy recalled. “I do indeed stand in his shadow. I never had to protest. The doors were kicked down for me.”

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