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Special congratulations to Charles McClerklin (Southern Regional Field Representative) on being selected as the Joe King Field Representative of the year at the 2013 National Bowling Association Convention. Charles was also inducted into the Midlands S.C. USBC Association Hall of Fame on June 28, 2013. He was welcomed into this prestigious club by fellow TNBA members, Arthur "007" White, Cookie Bush, and Danita Speaks-Scott (a 2012 inductee).

Charles has been instrumental in spreading the name of "TNBA" around the Columbia area and throughout South Carolina. He served as President of the Columbia/Irmo S.C. Senate for nine years. Now he gives his time and talent to all of the senates in the Southern Region. Right on, Charles!!

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Nia McClurkin graduated from John McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia on May 24, 2013. Nia is now attending Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia. She is the daughter of the late David McClurkin and the grand-daughter of Willie & the late Odessa McClurkin.  Nia is majoring in Criminal Justice, and wants to become an FBI Agent and catch the "bad guys". She has a full plate, but she is committed and will no doubt attain her goal. The entire McFamily loves you and sends up a hearty "CONGRATULATIONS" to you, Nia and we look forward to big things from you.

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Ashton Artis Howell graduted from Livingstone College in Salisbury, NC on May 4, 2013 with a B.A. in Business Administration. Ashton is the son of Penny Howell-Foster (Keny Foster) and William Howell, Sr. (Mary Howell). On May 24 family and friends gathered in Plantation, Florida to celebrate this momentous occasion.

Ashton now resides in Plantation, Florida and has recently accepted a position as Case Manager with a local non-profit agency. He also serves as a Mentor Coordinator for Access Program in Florida. Let's give a big McFamily CONGRATULATIONS to Ashton!!

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This lovely smiling beauty is Erika  McCarden, Emmy Winner, Executive Producer, and rising Superstar!  Erika is a 2012 WINNER at the 39th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards, having been nominated by The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. The nominations were announced live on the Today Show by Kathy Lee and Hoda. The Daytime Emmy Awards recognize outstanding achievement in all fields of daytime television.  Erika's winner is entitled "The Time I Received 322 Pairs of Shoes for My Birthday". Another of her films "The Time I Found Out I was Dyslexic" was also nominated. Both films may be viewed on You Tube Video.

Erika's winner was in the category "Outstanding Special Class Short Format Daytime" and will be shown on the Disney Channel. She is the daughter of the very PROUD Veronical McClurkin who, herself, is a "superstar" in her own right, giving of her time and talent in bringing medical care to the needy worldwide.  What a mother-daughter combination, and a credit to the McFamily.  Kudos, love and CONGRATULATIONS, Erika!!

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This is Jayla Allen

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This young graduate is Donte Smith McClerkin, pictured with his proud father, Terence McClerkin.  Donte graduated from Brush High School in 2009 in Euclid, Ohio where they reside. Donte is now attending Lake County College, and is on its Basketball Team. Belated Congratulations to Donte and hope to see you in the NBA someday..

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Meet Robert "Jimmy" Myers, Superstar!  On May 8, 2010 Jimmy graduated from Howard University's School of Social Work with a Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW). This is Jimmy's second Master's Degree; the first was a Master of Science in Quality Systems Management from the National Graduate School in May, 2008.

Determined to complete his most recent Master's Degree in two years, Jimmy carried a full class load and completed over 1000 hours of internship working with an emergency homeless shelter for women and conducting crisis management intervention. In his second internship he worked over 600 hours responding to adult residents of the District of Columbia who were in psychiatric crisis, but who were unwilling to travel to a psychiatric emergency facility. Incredibly Jimmy accomplished all of this while serving as an active duty senior Noncommissioned Officer in the Navy. Among his most treasured awards in the Navy is the  personal citation he was awarded as a senior sector Noncommisioned Officer during the 56th Presidential Inauguration.

Jimmy is the son of Janie (McClerklin) Myers of Columbia, S.C. and is married to the lovely Rieko Hama Myers.  Jimmy is also a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. That makes him my nephew and my "frat brother". Couldn't be more proud on both counts, and the entire McFamily joins me in a well-deserved CONGRATULATIONS JIMMY!!

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Reverend Olivia E. ("Chicken") Ashford was recently honored as an Inductee at the 23d Annual "Wall of Fame" Ceremony by the Columbia Housing Authority Board of Commisioners, in Columbia. S.C. on Friday, April 16, 2010. The event was held at the Charles R. Drew Wellness Center and culminates the rigorous process which began with her nomination for the prized recognition for outstanding service and selfless contributions to the community.   The focus of this award is to recognize and highlight former residents of Public Housing who have distinguished themselves by personal and professional accomplishments. A warm and exuberant McFamily  CONGRATULATIONS!!! to Olivia and her co-recipient. We are all immensely proud of you "Chicken".

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On September 10, 2008 during its 128th Annual Session in Cincinnati, Ohio, the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc. recognized Rev. J.D. McClurkin, Pastor of Red Hill Baptist Church and Liberty Hill Baptist Church in Union, S.C., for more than 50 continuous years in the Ministry. Rev. McClurkin,  a life-long resident of Chester, S.C., received the William J. Shaw Award, which is named in honor of the President of that organization. In addition, he received a medallion and a plaque and is now recognized by that Convention as one of an elite number of Pastors in the nation to receive this honor. The honoree is  quoted as saying "I never imagined that the Convention would bestow such an honor on me.  I am humbled and thankful toGod for the favor that He has shown to me - TO GOD BE THE GLORY!".

Joining Rev. McClurkin was his daughter, Ms. Pianelius M. Howell, who is the Administrator at Bethel Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida, the largest African American church in that community with more than 8,000 members.  Reverend Jesse Jackson of Operation Push, and First Lady, Michelle Obama were among the notables who spoke at this historic session. 

What a remarkable story of dedication and accomplishment in the service of our Lord!!!   We love you, J.D.!!!!

But it doesn't stop there.  On March 7, 2009, J.D. was honored at the first Chester County Legacy Awards honoring the past and present achievements of individuals of all races who have empowered the African American community of Chester County.  The event, sponsored by JayJon Heritage Communications & Entertainment Group, featured a special guest appearance by Gospel recording artist, Regi McClurkin, of Baltimore, Maryland. The event was held at True Gospel Church of God In Christ in Chester, S.C., and was followed by a Family Afterparty held at "The Hopkins House", the home of Sebastian ("Bat"), Kijuana ("Kiki"), and Montrell Hopkins.  A true "Family Affair"
  

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Cassandra McClerklin, wife of Horace McClerklin, your webmaster, completed her second (yes, second!) Master's Degree on August 9, 2008 with a Master's in Healthcare Management from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She finished with a perfect 4.0 GPA; in other words, straight A's! That is in addition to the MBA she already holds.  How about a big McFamily "Congratulations" and well wishes from all. Quite an accomplishment and inspiration!! I could not be more proud.

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Dr. Dwayne Eric McClerklin has recently completed all of his boards and is now serving as an Anesthesiologist in Chesapeake, Virginia where he lives with his lovely bride, Jennifer. Dwayne is the son of Marlene McClerklin and the late Willie McClerklin of Columbia, S.C. Another "first", which is typical of this McFamily. We are super proud of you Dwayne!!!

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May it please the Court - Add another lawyer to the McFamiy in the person of Anthony Heath McClerklin, who received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School in East Lansing, Michigan onSeptember 23, 2007. Anthony is the son of Fred and Ruth McClerklin, of Columbia S.C. and the nephew of Attorney Horace McClerklin, of Alexandria, Virginia who Anthony credits as his inspiration to choose law as a profession. Anthony also has the distinction of having the only set of triplets in the family; three boys, Jeremy, Jonah and Joshua.

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This lovely lady has good reason to smile.  She is Stacey C. McClurkin, who on May 20, 2007 was a member of the 2007 Graduation Class at the prestigious Spelman College, in Atlanta Georgia. Stacey was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science. If the past is, as they say, an indication of one's future, Stacey has a meteoric future.  There is a rumor that Stacey is considering becoming a lawyer. She has excelled in everything else she has touched and we have no doubt that she can do that, too. We are all very proud of you, Stacey!!  Her very proud parents are Regi and Denise McClurkin of   Ellicott City, Maryland. 

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...And it came to pass, that Stacey, fulfilled her aim to become an Attorney. She graduated from the University of Michigan Law School on May 6, 2012 and served as the Legal Advisor to the Clayton County Sheriff's Office where she performed many vital and essential roles and assisted with the preparation and defense of civil lawsuits brought against the Department or its employees. Stacey currently works with an Atlanta law
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and recently received the good news that she has passed the Georgia Bar Exam. She will be sworn in this summer, and the U.S. Supreme Court may be next for this rising Star of the McFamily. You Go, Girl!

Update: Stacey has accepted a position with the National Labor Relations Board. She is back on "home turf" and starts her new position in September, 2014.

So what's next, Stacey, U.S. Supreme Court? Go for it!!

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On Friday May 25, 2007 at 6:00 PM Lanard Marcell Strong,  was ordained an Elder in the Mount Zion Full Gospel Baptist Church in Spartanburg South Carolina.  The Church is located at 320 Wimberly Drive in Spartanburg, and its phone number is (864) 582-0890.  Lanard is the youngest son of Herman "Jimmy" Blake, who has a daughter, Melissa, who is also a Minister of the Gospel. God is really moving in this family! The entire McFamily is blessed by this accomplishment and  occasion, and rejoices with you, Lanard. 
 
 

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Ermajean rejoices with a shout of "Thank You Laude!"

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Proud daughter LeTisha says "Alright Ma...You Go Girl!"

A shout of CONGRATULATIONS goes out to Ermajean McClerklin, who graduated Magna Cum Laude from Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. on December 16, 2006. With a 3.87 GPA, Ermajean received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Management.

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Ermajean signs for her diploma

Believing in the power of prayer, she sought God's wisdom, knowledge, and understanding before each class began, and thanked Him for favor with each grade she received. Ermajean says she considers herself blessed to have so many role models in brothers and sisters, who marched with such distinction long before her. For those coming behind her, she refers them to God first and foremost, and a scripture her sister, Janie referred her to many years ago that continues to encourage her: Philippians 4:13 "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me."

Secondly, she says, don't be too stubborn or reluctant to ask for help from family, friends, classmates, or professors.  Ermajean sends a special "Thank you" to Janie, Mattie Shirley, and Christine, her sisters, who took this journey with her through their prayers and encouragement. Attending this joyous occasion, and pictured below, are her proud daughter, LeTisha, loving and supporting sisters Janie Myers, Mattie Mosby, and Shirley McClerklin-Motley, her stylish nephew, Jason Myers, and beautiful niece, Judith Mosby.

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Hugs and kisses to her daughter, LeTisha, a '94 graduate of Wofford College in Spartanburg, South Carolina, for standing by as a lifeline in Algebra and Satistics.  A private joke to LeTisha: "When it comes to square roots, it's all in the way the house is built."  Finally, she thanks you all for your gifts and show of love and support.  With the help of God, she is contemplating pursuing her MBA.  Way to go, Ermajean!!

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Sheryl Booker is Dorman High School's newly created At-Risk Counselor to help keep students from dropping out of school.
According to the Spartanburg (S.C.) District 6 data, 94 students out of a student body of 2,200 dropped out between Oct.1 of 2004 and Sept. 30 of 2005.  The majority of the dropouts, 59 percent, were male, and many dropped out in the 10th or 11th grades. Sheryl works with 57 students, some of whom have returned to school. "Many of them feel like no one cares about them" Sheryl said. "Hopefully by me meeting with them on a continuous basis, they will get the sense that someone cares about how they are doing and the issues that are affecting them." CONGRATULATIONS, Sheryl and we know that you will make a difference!

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"Spartanburg administrator named superintendent of York 1 schools"  read the headlines announcing the appointment of Russell Booker as the new Superintendent of York School District 1. Russell, a former Principal at Landrum High in District 1 and former District-Level Administrator was appointed to his new position on January 2, 2006 and becomes the first Black to hold the position of Superintendent. "Honored" is how Russell described his reaction to being selected.  Congrats to Russell on this history-making accomplishment! (In case you are wondering, Russell is Sheryl's husband.  What a team, huh?)
 
Hear Ye! Hear Ye!  This just in... 
 
 Spartanburg School District 7 Superintendent, Dr. Russell Booker, has been named the 2015 South Carolina Superintendent of the Year by the South Carolina Association of School Administrators (SCASA).
Despite the challenges that face educators today, namely the budget cuts, Booker has led Spartanburg District 7 to take "bold, innovative actions" to bring the district forward. Some of these actions include creating an early college program serving students in grade 9 at Spartanburg Community College, adding foreign language at the elementary level, opening an Early Learning Center serving students 0-4, and many others. He will compete for the 2015 National Superintendent of the Year award sponsored by the American Association of School Administrators (AASA), Aramark, and ING.
Molly Spearman, Executive Director of SCASA, states, "Dr. Booker is an active, innovative partner who strives to improve the lives of students and families in Spartanburg and its surrounding neighborhoods each and every day. He is a great example of how strong school leadership impacts the entire community."
Finalists for the award were Dr. Frank Morgan, Kershaw County Schools and Dr. Nancy McGinley, Charleston County Schools. Candidates participated in an application and interview process conducted by a team of South Carolina business, education, and community leaders.
 
Way to go, "Dr. Booker". What's next, POTUS? Wouldn't surprise me.

 

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Donnie McClurkin, Verity Records recording artist, is on a roll!  He landed his first Grammy Award on Sunday, February 8, 2004 for  his "Again" album/CD as Best Contemporary Soul Gospel Artist.  He is featured on the Tom Hanks movie "The Lady Killers" soundtrack, and appeared in his first feature film with 20th Century Fox. If that is not enough, he also won the NAACP Image Award for his  "Donnie McClurkin...Again" album in the "Outstanding Gospel Artist" category at the 35th Annual NAACP Image Awards, at which he was also featured as a performer. The show was taped at the Universal Amphitheater on March 6, 2004 and aired on FOX-TV Thursday, March 11 at 8:00 PM. His newest CD, "Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs" was released on April 5, 2005, and he is starring in the upcoming film "The Gospel", with Boris Kodjoe, Nona Gaye, Omar Gooding and others.  His response to all of this recognition?  "I'm so grateful to GOD, it's a real honor to win and to have people classify you as the artist of choice".  Donnie obviously has his priorities straight and knows from whence his blessings flow.  See pictures below.
 
The entire McFamily sends a pride-filled CONGRATULATIONS!!!  to Grammy Award and NAACP Image Award Winner, movie star-Pastor Donnie McClurkin 
 

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Our very own Donnie McClurkin. MAN OF GOD, Pastor, Author, World Famous Recording Artist, Grammy Award Winner, Movie Star. Awards and achievements too numerous to mention, but you may find out more by clicking on the link below. This picture is from his newest CD entitled "Psalms, Hymns & Spiritual Songs". WAY TO GO DONNIE!!
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Donnie McClurkin's Website

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Kiara "Kiki" McClerklin (center) with her parents, Rev. Ernest and Dr. Patricia McClerklin, is a rising star. She graduated from Richland Northeast High School in Columbia, S.C. on May 24, 2002. Kiki carried a 3.5 GPA, in high school and is a freshman at the College of Charleston (S.C.)where she is adjusting well. She has been blessed with several academic scholarships, (her parents are happy)is a member of the National Honor Society, and a member of the elite SPECTRA Program; one of few minority students accepted. Let's all keep her in our prayers, and Praise be to GOD, the tradition continues!
LOVE AND CONGRATULATIONS, KIKI!!

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And now there IS a doctor in the house!!
 
On Friday, May 16, 2003, Dwayne Eric McClerklin received his Doctor of Medicine degree at the 124th Commencement Ceremony at the Medical University of South Carolina, in Charleston, S.C.  Dwayne is the son of the Late Willie McClerklin and Marlene McClerklin, and the nephew of Horace and Cassandra McClerklin. Dwayne will specialize in Anesthesiology and Surgery.
Way to go, Dwayne!!!

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Relaxing with mom. (She's glad it's over)

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Dwayne, Aunt Charlene, Marlene, Horace, Sheryl and Grant

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OMC Records Christian/Gospel Artist Regi McClurkin was recently nominated as Male/New Artist of the Year and was honored in  Los Angeles with the "Hollywood Gospel Insider Award" for his latest release "Somewhere Over There", which is AVAILABLE IN STORES NOW!. Regi was a presenter and performed at the "Live" taping of the Ceremony and Brunch which was held at the Henry Fonda Theater in Hollywood, CA on February 14-16, 2003. You may visit Regi's website by clicking on the link below.
Regi made a tour of Japan as featured Artist on the Deep Grace Missions Tour of Japan from October 20, 2003 to November 1, 2003. His itinerary took him to eleven cities where he was in concert at a number of Churches and an outdoor concert in Tokyo . Regi also participated in Pastorial meetings and appeared at a kindergarten to spread the gospel to Japanese children and their parents. God is using Regi in a mighty way and let us all be in prayer for his continued success.

LET'S HEAR IT FOR "REGI"!

Regi McClurkin's Website

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Let's give a big McFamily CONGRATULATIONS!!!
to our 2014 College and High School Graduates.
 
 
Akia J. Moore graduated from High School on May 31, 2014. Akia is the daughter of Kenyetta Sims and the grand daughter of Jackie Sims, both of whom are bursting with pride. Congrats to Akia and keep up the good work!

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Dwayne's sister, Sheryl with Grant

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Horace (back turned) Ernest and Shirley

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Mary Emma McClurkin Davis' family (below)  was brought together on the occasion of her grand-daughter Erin's Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA) Debutante Cotillion on March 3, 2003.  A very momentous occasion as Erin continues the McFamily tradition of excellence.  More about Erin is found with her picture farther down this page.

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Cookie and Emma Jackson were the big winners of of the Tri-City Pumpkin Pie Bake Off held in Durham, N.C. on October 8. Top prize of $500 will be well spent, says Cookie. Their now famous recipe can be found on this site on the "Family Recipes" page.

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A hearty McFamily "Congratulations" to Bambi Allen who recently launched "JayJon Heritage Group" of which she is President. JayJon specializes in Event, Personal & Business
Planning, and has locations in Greensboro, NC and Chester, S.C. Its motto is "Turning Your Dreams Into Reality". Check her out by clicking on the link below.

JayJon Heritage Group

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Robert James (Jimmy)  Myers, shown with his lovely wife, Raeko, after many years of persistence and hard work, finally realized his dream of a college degree on November 6, 2004 when he received his Bachelor Of Science In Occupational Education Degree from Wayland Baptist University in Honolulu Hawaii. The ceremony was held at Hickam Air Force Base Officers' Club. Robert, also a high ranking NCO in the Navy, is the son of Robert and Janie McClerklin Myers, and the nephew of Horace and Cassandra McClerklin. AND THE TRADITION CONTINUES!
 
We are so proud of you, Jimmy!

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Talking about BRAINS AND BEAUTY! This young superstar is Stacey McClurkin, daughter of Regi and Denise McClurkin of Ellicott City, Maryland. Stacey is now a rising SENIOR at Spelman College in Atlanta, and carries a cumulative GPA of 3.59. Tracey is a graduate of the Women In Excellence Lecture Series (WEL program) created specifically for Spelman students who have a strong desire to empower themselves through leadership training. In addition, she was inducted into the Phi Beta Delta International Honor Society and the Mortar Board Honor Society and will serve as Secretary of the latter organization next year. If that is not enough, Tracey served as the publicity chair of a new student organization called Professional Ladies Under Success (P.L.U.S), and as Vice President of a student public safety organization called Protecting Our Spelman Sisters Everyday (P.O.S.S.E.) of which she will serve as President next school year. She also served as the community service chair of a student organization called Taking Responsibility to Understand Each other (T.R.U.E.) which teaches sensitivity for and awareness of persons with disabilities. In addition to her academic excellence, Stacey is also civic minded as reflected in the picture above during the Morehouse Candle Light Vigil for Coretta Scott King. For all of that, she gets to schmooze with none other than the President of the University! (See picture below). Tracey's plan is to enter law school upon graduation from Spelman, and she is already preparing for that by participating in the Sutherland Summer Scholars program, a law program designed to prepare undergraduate minorities for success in law school. The Program is hosted by the law firm of Sutherland, Asbill & Brennan, LLC. If her past is any indication of her future success, the U.S. Supreme Court is within Stacey's reach should she decide to "go for it". Wonder who she gets her "smarts" from; Regi or Denise?? Better not go there... Stacey, the McFamily loves you and our pride is immeasurable!!  KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!. You are a real inspiration and a living testimony to what our youth are capable of if they apply themselves.

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Stacey with Dr. Beverly T. Tatum, President of Spelman

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Aunt Penny, Stacey, Mom Denise, Grandma Minnie Abrams

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Chyanne and Dante McClerklin, children of Lenzo McClerklin and Cynthia Morgan of Brooklyn, New York both attend P.S. 307 in that city. Chyanne was recently honored for achievement in reading and math, and Dante was honored for outstanding improvement. Both received Certificates heralding those achievements. Congratulations and KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK! The tradition of excellence continues...

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This lovely lady is Erin Maxine Lee. Erin is the former Senior Class President at Southern High School in Durham, N.C. from which she graduated in the Class of 2003. Fast forward to 2008 - Erin graduated from Hampton University, in Hampton, Virginia on May 11, 2008 with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Sociology.  My, how time flies!

Erin is the daughter of Alden and Emily "Cookie" Jackson of Durham and Maxie Lee of Statesville, NC. Way to go, Erin!!  You make us all PROUD.

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Danielle Motley is shown here with Martin Luther King, III, at a recent event. Danielle is the daughter of Shirley McClerklin Motley, and is co-host of the "Teen Spirit" talk show, an outreach of the West Metro Youth Leadership Institute headed by Danielle's mother, Shirley. The program is a call-in program and covers a wide range of issues focused primarily on teens. Danielle is a junior biology major at the University of South Carolina and plans to become a dermatologist. Those of you in the Columbia area may "call-in" to Danielle on radio station WLGO(AM-1170) live on Saturdays from 3-4 P.M. or you may catch the re-broadcast on Mondays at the same time. Love you, "Danny", and keep your eyes on the prize!

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