Author: Bridget Manley
For Black activists and leaders in the Valley, there’s more work the country must do toward achieving equality in America — that dream of which Martin Luther King, Jr. famously spoke. And that work continues today, as it did yesterday and will tomorrow in the far-too-slow bend toward justice.
Even when 2020 has been downright awful, there have been acts of kindness and opportunities that have bound Harrisonburg families and the community together.
Old age. Many spend life dreading it, fearing it and even fighting it. But maybe that’s the wrong approach. A collection of essays released this year argues that the later season of life can be as — or more — fulfilling and meaningful as other points.
The accident has haunted Harrisonburg resident Lori Mier her entire life. In August, she took a cross-country pilgrimage the place where it happened. Where her parents died. Where she and her sister were stranded over night. And where strangers saved her.
While any celebration has been difficult during this global pandemic, Harrisonburg’s artist co-op wasn’t about to let its 20th anniversary go unacknowledged. So its staff sought to pull it off by tapping into the same creativity and emotion used to make beautiful art.
While many voters will head to the polls Tuesday, the precincts won’t be nearly as crowded as past presidential elections now that a total of about 40 percent of Harrisonburg voters already cast ballots either at the early voting precinct at City Hall or through the mail.
Many Bridgewater College alumni, students and faculty were surprised by the announcement this month that the college would eliminate several student organizations and some academic programs and are mobilizing to try to save some of them.