Standing on the Shoulders of Greatness dinner and gala

Standing on the Shoulders of Greatness, a dinner and gala hosted by The Village Initiative for equity in education, will honor community leaders, educators and coaches on April 21.

The event will honor those who have made and continue to make a difference in area schools and the community.

Among the honorees are Bobbye Alexander, Edith "Cookie" Heard, Coach Melvin Jones, Dr. John Whitley, Satoshi Ito, Linda Wallace-Cody, the Rev. Dr. Thomas T. Shields, Sr., Jacqueline Gardner, Chris Brown, the Rev. Dr. Robert Whitehead and New Zion Baptist Church and Kenneth Edwards.

Certificates of appreciation will go to Village tutors, 757 Give Back organizers, Real People Educating Others, Brian Smalls, Apostle Corwin Hammond, Travis Harris, John Piggott, Coach Donovan Bridgeforth, Kenneth Holloway, Jamesse Jones, Lafayette High School’s Men of Vision and Purpose program and Eric Christensen.

The Village Initiative is an action-oriented, grassroots organization committed to working together with the Williamsburg-James City County Schools to achieve greater equity, reduce the achievement gap and end the school to prison pipeline. The Village Initiative has established tutoring programs and is sending approximately 30 tutors into the schools each week to support teacher instruction at James River Elementary, Berkeley Middle School, and the Bright Beginnings program.

Want to attend?

The event will be held from 5-8 p.m. at the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists, 3051 Ironbound Road.

Event tickets are available online at for $10 per person.

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