We had mentioned briefly this amazing upcoming event in the past (see Priscilla! 8/2/2016). But now it’s come time to give it it’s due. And thanks D for reminding me and continuing to remind me to get this post out.
Brief History: We had talked with Priscilla Price a number of times since our first meeting in Beckley last year. Since then we know she’s been nominated for membership to the West Virginia Music Hall of Fame and we hope that goes well. However during one of our conversations there seemed to be some confusion… or at least I was confused. After a phone call to Helen Gillison in Weirton, I learned of the WV All Black Schools Sports & Academics Hall of Fame, of which Priscilla will soon be inducted. In our post “Priscilla!” I made the comment “Yes, we said Sports & Academics” and was quickly called-on-the-carpet. Because I had always attributed academics to education in particular higher-education. But as it was explained to me that qualifications for academics is “holding a masters degree or higher or comparable experience“. Sorry, I should’a read closer. At any rate this upcoming event is indeed a BIG DEAL and thanks to Lady D the following is much more an “official news release” about this years induction. Thanks again D!
The 8th annual inductee celebration of the West Virginia All Black Schools Sports and Academics Hall of Fame (WVABSSA)
Other famed inductees include John Ellison, formally of Fayette County and holder of the Guinness Book of Records for the most
Charleston’s own Bob Thompson, nationally and internationally known recording jazz artist with multiple albums who has been inducted
All events will take place at the Embassy Suites in Charleston on September 16th and 17th beginning with the presenter’s program
Sonny Turner, Bob Thompson, Michael (Black Bach) Orr and inductees followed with a dance. The cost of the dance will be a donation of $20.00.
On Saturday, September 17th, a Black Tie Affair will take place with a commencement and special ceremony at 1:00 pm to acknowledge
To close out the historical weekend, there will be a special Farewell Musical Gala from 8:00 pm to 11:00 pm featuring international stars Spyder Turner,