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  • Genre:HISTORY
  • SubGenre:African American & Black
  • Language:English
  • Pages:104
  • Paperback ISBN:9798350908367


The Real Truth and How it Began in My Hometown

by Christine Easterling

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I wrote this book about Juneteenth because I have always been an advocate for justice and reparation in my hometown and throughout the nation. In this book, I present the truth about Juneteenth with reference to Juneteenth in my hometown, about the efforts Blackstone put forth, to see that Juneteenth is taught and that people learn and celebrate it.
Many of us did not know the meaning of Juneteenth and had not ever celebrated it. My book will show appreciation to my hometown for its festivals and tell the truth about Juneteenth. It was said that Juneteenth is built on falsehoods and wrapped in mistruths. After this major celebration in my hometown, my major research about Juneteenth began to reach new heights. I was driven to continue contributing to Juneteenth, participating in celebrations, and further educating the world by writing a book about Juneteenth. I wrote a special letter to Mayor Coleburn which he published in The Blackstone Courier Newspaper. I appreciate The Town of Blackstone for producing its first and second Annual Black History Heroes Program. I congratulate Mayor Coleburn for his efforts to recognize native sons and daughters and longtime residents — past and present — who overcame obstacles and achieved success in the industry, business, medicine, law, education, public service, and community involvement I ask that he continue to seize the opportunity to honor the too often neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor in the Town of Blackstone. This program will promote a growing awareness of Black identity achievements by Black Americans and other people of African descent. Additionally, I express my gratitude for receiving one of the Mayor's Black History Hero Awards for 2021. I am more than honored to have received it at the First Annual Juneteenth Celebration.
About the author

Christine Davis Easterling

She is a retired teacher, vice principal, and Director of the Teaching Professions Academy of the District of Columbia Public Schools. She is also an active member of First Baptist Church in Northwest Washington. At First Baptist, she's serves as a member of the Board of Christian Education, director of Vacation Bible School, and chairperson of the Fall and Spring institutes. She's been a member of the First Baptist Gospel Choir for fifteen years. She teaches a Miracles of Jesus class for the Baptist Congress of Christian Education, Maryland, from her book titled The Miracles of Jesus. Additionally, I am a former Vice Principal of the District of Columbia Public Schools, and former Director of The Teaching Professions Academy. In the 1958 class of Luther H. Foster High School, she was an honor- roll student, basketball player, cheerleader, member of the Dramatics Club, choir, and Parliamentarian of the Senior Class. After graduating from Luther H. Foster High, I attended Saint Paul's Episcopal College where she was an honor roll student, member of the Dramatics Guild, and was inducted into Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. She went on to earn a Master of Arts Degree from The University of D. C. and a Master's of Arts Degree from Howard University in Public School Administration and additional Doctoral work at George Washington University. . She is the author of several books: A Giant for Justice: Inspirational Biography of William H. "Bill" Simons III, which is a twenty-five-year history of the Washington Teachers' Union, The Miracles of Jesus, her latest book is titled: You Can Move Your Mountains: Keep Pushing with Your Mountain—Moving Faith. She has been cited on numerous occasions for her outstanding work in the local education arena and in the D. C. and Maryland community. She is certified as Dean of Standard Leadership Training Schools in affiliation with the National Baptist Convention, USA, Inc., receiving her certification at the annual northeast regional conference. She served as Vice President of the District of Columbia Retired Educators Association from 2006-2008. Through the years, she has been honored as "State Vice-Principal" of the Year by The National Association of School Administrators, "Teacher of the Year by The National Education Association, AKA Theta Omega Omega Chapter Soror of the Year, recipient of the Regional Author's Award in 2011; Marjorie Holloman Parker Regional Award, 2007-2009; Theta Omega Omega Soror of the Year Award and the 2014 Superior Service Award. She was inducted into the James Solomon Russell-Saint Paul's College Museum and Archives Wall of Fame. She was inducted because she made significant outstanding exemplary service and contributions to Saint Paul's College and have received recognition on a regional, national and world-wide arena. She was inducted among the first group of inductees in the new museum and Archives. The ceremony took place during the Grand Opening, Ribbon-Cutting Service of the museum on August 10, 2019. On November 15, 2019, on behalf of the alumni, faculty, staff, and administration of the University of the District of Columbia she was nominated and selected to receive the 2019 UDC National Alumni Society Georgia Herron Spirit award. This award recognizes alumni who exhibit superior loyalty and service to the University and the University's alumni society. Also in 2019, she was awarded the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated Regional Golden Soror of the Year Award. She received this award because she contributed greatly over her more than 50 years as a Sorority Sister. Specifically, in 2019, she championed program targets and local chapter activities, while continually supporting other national and local organizations, including church activities, and the larger community. Theta Omega Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority is proud of her accomplishments. In 2021 she was presented the Black History Hero Award by the Mayor of her hometown in Blackstone, Virginia. She is presently working relentlessly to get the Nottoway County Board of Education to put the name Luther H. foster on the school for which it was name in 1950. Luther H. Foster was a Black College President. She recalls the school being named and dedicated in June, 1950, but was never placed on the building. From 1950-1970, the present intermediate school building served as the home of Luther H. Foster High School—a segregated all-black school that produced a number of doctors, educators, attorneys, and other professionals. She asked the Nottoway County School Board and the Board of Supervisors to put the name on the school. The School Board members voted 3-2 in November, 2020 against changing the name. She is promising that she will continue to fight through the Luther H. Foster Alumni Association, elected officials, letters of support, local churches and God our Savior and online petitions. Her present online petition totals 246 petitioners. She just received a letter of support from the Governor of Virginia.