Now Hear This!

Now Hear This!

Please join us for a great session on Saturday, 20 November with our highly esteemed NNOA Historian, CAPT Rick Wright, Phd.

On Saturday, November 20, 2021 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM (EST), the Dr. Edna B. McKenzie Branch of ASALH will celebrate Veterans Day.

Our Veterans Day program will feature Dr. Roosevelt “Rick” Wright, Jr., CAPT USN (RET), Professor Emeritus Radio, Television, and Film at The S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.  A renowned scholar, Dr. Wright will present his keynote lecture, “The Golden 13: The Navy’s First African American Naval Officers”.

Here is the link to register:

DeKalb County Torchbearer

DeKalb County Torchbearer

Torchbearer: a person who leads or inspires others in working toward a valued goal

This week, we are recognizing U.S. Naval Officer, Commander Kathryn Wijnaldum as Torchbearer.

According to 11 Alive, Commander Kathryn Wijnaldum recently returned home to the Metro Atlanta area and used her time off from the Military to uplift the youth at her alma mater, Stone Mountain High School. This week, she visited the school’s Navy JROTC program and other students. She encouraged the students to be true to themselves and continue to work hard and persevere.

Commander Wijnaldum knows all too well the benefits of the advice she’s given them. She worked tirelessly to get into the U.S. Naval Academy and later became the commander of the USS Oak Hill, a warship made up of more than 300 personnel on board. Though her journey was not easy, she never gave up and now she’s back home to impart that wisdom onto tomorrow’s future leaders.

“It’s about creating an opportunity for others to do more, achieve more than I did. That pressure birthed a purpose in me that I didn’t even know I had. That pressure identified a gift and talent I brought to the table,” Wijnaldum told 11 Alive.

Commander Wijnaldum credits her family for instilling values of strength and leadership within her from an early age. As a Black woman, Wijnaldum also recognizes the importance of diverse representation in the armed forces and hopes by coming back to her community, that she will inspire others.

“I understand that I represent what they could one day achieve, and when I was in the program, I didn’t have the opportunity to see someone who looked like me who achieved professional success like I have,” Wijnaldum told 11 Alive. “I’m willing to share my journey if it means that I can help someone else achieve what they may believe is impossible.”

DeKalb County commends Commander Kathryn Wijnaldum for her work in giving back to the community and thanks her for her service. To read more about her inspiring story, click here.

Do you know a person or organization who is a DeKalb County Torchbearer? Nominate them to be featured in The Relay.

Acknowledge those who work hard, admonish, and care for others. – Nov 2021

Acknowledge those who work hard, admonish, and care for others. – Nov 2021

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

1 Thessalonians 5:18 (ESV)

When Paul wrote the letter to the church of Thessalonica, he opened with being thankful for their faithfulness to his ministry through support, giving, and encouraging one another. He was also grateful to learn how well they were getting along and spreading the gospel. At the end of his letter, Paul provided a word of encouragement. Paul understood that we could grow weary in well-doing. We can begin to grow tired if we do not see a harvest from the seeds we have sown.

Paul tells them to acknowledge those who work hard, admonish, and care for others. “Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15.  Then he ends the letter with, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

His emphasis is a community with one another. We are not individual islands that are only concerned with ourselves because what we do affects others. We should do our best to live in harmony and love with one another. While striving to strengthen our community relationships, we should give thanks to God in every situation. The good, bad, and the ugly. Job said it best, “how can we only accept the God things from God and not the bad.” All of our experiences make us who we are. Each situation is an opportunity to grow and become better in our relationships with ourselves and one another. As we give thanks this month for all that our Creator has provided, may we also give thanks to those within our communities and families. Let us share the same love that God has given to us. Be grateful in all things.


Reverend Takana L. Jefferson, Chaplain, United States Navy