PBA was created to serve the professional needs of the African-American legal community in the Peninsula region of Virginia. Membership is open to all!
Thank you, John Brooks Productions, for capturing every special moment of the Legacy Celebration for Judge Wilford Taylor. To view and order photos, please visit:
Thank you Hampton Roads for making the PBA’s legend celebration for Judge Wilford Taylor, Jr. a complete success! Pictures from the event will be coming soon!
We look forward to hearing from you and working with you to provide the resources you need, such as CLE courses, networking opportunities and community service projects!
Hello friends! The PBA’s celebration of Judge Wilford Taylor is quickly approaching. There are still some seats available. You may mail payment in the amount of $65 per guest to:
℅ Harmonie Mason, Esq.
1919 Commerce Drive, Suite 110
Hampton, VA 23666
Make checks payable to The Peninsula Bar Association.
We look forward to seeing you in your black tie attire on Saturday, April 28th from 5-9pm at The Virginia Air and Space Center. The venue is located at:
600 Settlers Lansing Road
Hampton, VA 23669
The Peninsula Bar Association is honored to announce its celebration of a living legend, The Honorable Judge Wilford Taylor. The black tie event in his honor will be held on Saturday, April 28, 2018 from 5:00-9:00pm at The Virginia Air & Space Museum. Tickets will be available soon, and we encourage you to keep an eye on our Face Book page for more information. Tickets will go fast, and we hope to see you there for a night of celebration 32 years in the making!
The next scheduled meeting set for November 28, 2017, has been canceled due to holiday commitments. Our next meeting will be December 12, 2017, at 5:30 p.m., for the specific purpose of trying to finalize plans for Judge Taylor's retirement.
Also for those participating with our Angel Tree program, the gifts must be delivered to CASA by December 1, 2017. The address for CASA is 230 25th Street, Newport News, Virginia, 23607. The point of contact is Patti O'Neal. Ms O'Neal's phone number is: 757-926-3642.
Also, don't forget to attend Tyrone Johnson's Christmas party on December 9, 2017.
Happy Holidays and Blessings!
On Thanksgiving day in 1875, Alexander Crummell, founder of the American Negro Academy, made a historic speech called “The Social Principle Among a People and Its Bearing on Their Pro…
‘The Way to Survive It Was to Make A’s’They were the first black boys to integrate the South’s elite prep schools. They drove themselves to excel in an unfamiliar environment. But at what cost?By MOSI SECRETSeptember 7, 2017Marvin Barnard (left) and Bill Alexander during their freshman year at V.E.S...
On this day in 1934, Sonia Sanchez was born Wilsonia Benita Driver in Birmingham, Alabama. After her mother died in childbirth a year later, Sanchez lived with her paternal grandmother and other relatives for several years. In 1943, she moved to Harlem with her sister to live with their father and his third wife.
She earned a BA in political science from Hunter College in 1955. She also did postgraduate work at New York University and studied poetry with Louise Bogan. Sanchez formed a writers' workshop in Greenwich Village, attended by such poets as Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones), Haki R. Madhubuti (Don L. Lee), and Larry Neal. Along with Madhubuti, Nikki Giovanni, and Etheridge Knight, she formed the "Broadside Quartet" of young poets, introduced and promoted by Dudley Randall.
She married and divorced Albert Sanchez, a Puerto Rican immigrant whose surname she kept. She was also married for two years to Knight.
During the early 1960s she was an integrationist, supporting the philosophy of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). But after considering the ideas of Black Muslim leader Malcolm X, who believed blacks would never be truly accepted by whites in the United States, she focused more on her black heritage from a separatist point of view.
Sanchez began teaching in the San Francisco area in 1965 and was a pioneer in developing black studies courses at what is now San Francisco State University, where she was an instructor from 1968 to 1969. In 1971, she joined the Nation of Islam, but by 1976 she had left the Nation, largely because of its repression of women.
Sanchez is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, including Morning Haiku (Beacon Press, 2010); Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems (Beacon Press, 1999); Does your house have lions? (Beacon Press, 1995), which was nominated for both the NAACP Image and National Book Critics Circle Award; Homegirls & Handgrenades (White Pine Press, 1984), which won an American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation; I've Been a Woman: New and Selected Poems (Third World Press, 1978); A Blues Book for Blue Black Magical Women (Broadside Press, 1973); Love Poems (Third Press, 1973); We a BaddDDD People (Broadside Press, 1970); and Homecoming (Broadside Press, 1969).
Her published plays are Black Cats Back and Uneasy Landings (1995), I'm Black When I'm Singing, I'm Blue When I Ain't (1982), Malcolm Man/Don't Live Here No Mo' (1979), Uh Huh: But How Do It Free Us? (1974), Dirty Hearts '72 (1973), The Bronx Is Next (1970), and Sister Son/ji (1969).
Sanchez's books for children include A Sound Investment and Other Stories (1979); The Adventures of Fat Head, Small Head, and Square Head (1973); and It's a New Day: Poems for Young Brothas and Sistuhs (1971). She has also edited two anthologies: We Be Word Sorcerers: Twenty-five Stories by Black Americans (1973), and Three Hundred Sixty Degrees of Blackness Comin' at You (1971).
Among the many honors she has received are the Robert Creeley Award, the Frost Medal, the Community Service Award from the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, the Lucretia Mott Award, the Outstanding Arts Award from the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women, the Peace and Freedom Award from Women International League for Peace and Freedom, the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for Excellence in the Humanities, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts.
Sanchez has lectured at more than five hundred universities and colleges in the United States and had traveled extensively, reading her poetry in Africa, Cuba, England, the Caribbean, Australia, Nicaragua, the People's Republic of China, Norway, and Canada. She was the first Presidential Fellow at Temple University, where she began teaching in 1977, and held the Laura Carnell Chair in English there until her retirement in 1999. She lives in Philadephia.
Morning Haiku (Beacon Press, 2010)
Shake Loose My Skin: New and Selected Poems (Beacon Press, 1999)
Like the Singing Coming Off the Drums: Love Poems (Beacon Press, 1998)
Does your house have lions? (Beacon Press, 1995)
Wounded in the House of a Friend (Beacon Press, 1995)
Under a Soprano Sky (Africa World Press, 1987)
Homegirls & Handgrenades (Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1984)
I've Been a Woman: New and Selected Poems (Third World Press, 1978)
A Blues Book for Blue Black Magical Women (Broadside Press, 1973)
Love Poems (Third World Press, 1973)
We a BaddDDD People (Broadside Press, 1970)
Homecoming (Broadside Press, 1969)
Black Cats Back and Uneasy Landings (1995)
I'm Black When I'm Singing, I'm Blue When I Ain't (1982)
Malcolm Man/Don't Live Here No Mo' (1979)
Uh Huh: But How Do It Free Us? (1974)
Dirty Hearts '72 (1973)
The Bronx Is Next (1970)
Sister Son/ji (1969)
A Sound Investment and Other Stories (Third World Press, 1979)
The Adventures of Fat Head, Small Head, and Square Head (1973)
It's a New Day: Poems for Young Brothas and Sistuhs (Broadside Press, 1971)
Interracial marriage became legal in Virginia 50 years ago today
On June 12, 1967, Loving v. Virginia – produced a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down laws in 16 states prohibiting interracial marriage.
What a wonderful celebration for an great man, attorney and judge David Pugh! We appreciate your excellence, your character, and your advocacy! Thank you to everyone who planned and was in attendance and to The Train Station Restaurant for hosting us.
PBA congratulates Hon. David Pugh on his retirement from the Newport News Circuit Court! Thank you for all your years of dedicated service to the judiciary, the city and citizens of Newport News, and the Peninsula Bar Association. The PBA owes you a significant debt of gratitude for your support, advocacy, and wisdom imparted to us over the years. We wish you all the best in your retirement and all of your future endeavors!
Jane Bolin was a trailblazing attorney who became the first African-American female judge in the United States, serving on New York's Family Court for four decades.
Thanks to everyone who came out to our meeting! We are very excited about the future of this organization! Stay tuned to make sure you don't miss out!
It is almost the end of the summer and PBA is up and running! We've got a range of exciting events in the works and all we need is you! Our next meeting is September 13 at 5:30 at Pinewood Plaza (1919 Commerce Drive) in Hampton. Please be sure you are in attendance as we'll be discussing our agenda for the remainder of the year and beyond!
PBA is deeply saddened by the loss of Sharon Coles-Stewart, an experienced, passionate advocate and dedicated member of the PBA. We extend our sincerest condolences to Sharon's family and friends.
Read the Obituary and view the Guest Book, leave condolences or send flowers. | NEWPORT NEWS, VA - Survived by her daughter Lawren Stewart & Brother Frank Coles Jr. Public Memorial Service will be held at 5pm on Buckroe Beach Observation Pier. For full obituary visit
A major decision made on this day 62 years ago. Have we made the progress envisioned by those who worked and sacrificed for this decision?
Find out more about the history of Brown v. Board of Education, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on HISTORY.com
Decided on this day in 1944, Smith v. Allwright stated "The United States is a constitutional democracy. Its organic law grants to all citizens a right to participate in the choice of elected officials without restriction by any state because of race. This grant to the people of the opportunity for choice is not to be nullified by a state through casting its electoral process in a form which permits a private organization to practice racial discrimination in the election."
In Smith v. Allwright, Thurgood Marshall rose in front of the United States Supreme Court to argue that Texas’s Democratic primary system allowed whites to structurally dominate the politics of the one-party South. Specifically, the case presented the question of whether the Texas Democratic Party’s...
Happy Mother's Day!!
Thank you to all those who came out on Thursday in support of the PBA! We had a great meeting, which included a legislative update presented by Delegate David Yancey of Virginia's 94th District. Judges from both Newport News and Hampton were in attendance, and we were pleased to welcome both veteran and new members! We look forward to seeing you at the various community service events we have planned and getting your input on the issues that concern us! Stayed tuned for more information!
The Voting Effect of Virginia’s Move on Felons? Small but Potentially Decisive
Research shows that few of the newly eligible voters will register; still fewer will vote. But they could decide a close election.
Thanks to all of you that came out for our Meet(ing) & Greet! Special thanks to our guest David Yancey for an enlightening and informative legislative update. The PBA is on the move, don't get left behind!
Harriet Tubman To Replace Andrew Jackson On The $20 Bill, Politico Reports
Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will announce on Wednesday that Harriet Tubman will replace former President Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, Politico reporte...
The culture of conviction
It isn't just that misbheaving prosecutors go unpunished, it's that they're often promoted
Meet The First Black Attorney Certified To Argue Before The Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals.
Giles B. Jackson, although born enslaved, became an attorney, entrepreneur, real estate developer, newspaper publisher, and civil rights activist in the conservative mold of his mentor, Booker T. Washington. During the American Civil War (1861–1865), he served as a body servant to his master, a Conf
TODAY IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
On this day in 1974, Hank Aaron broke Babe Ruth's major league record with 715 home runs!
Henry Louis "Hank" Aaron (born February 5, 1934), nicknamed "Hammer", or "Hammerin' Hank", is a retired American Major League Baseball (MLB) right fielder. He played 21 seasons for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves in the National League (NL) and 2 seasons for the Milwaukee Brewers in the American League (AL), from 1954 through 1976. Aaron held the MLB record for career home runs for 33 years, and he still holds several MLB offensive records. He hit 24 or more home runs every year from 1955 through 1973, and is one of only two players to hit 30 or more home runs in a season at least fifteen times. In 1999, The Sporting News ranked Aaron fifth on its "100 Greatest Baseball Players" list.
KNOW YOUR HISTORY!
We honor Dr. King's legacy and the continuing impact. We strive to continue that legacy.
On this day in History, Dr. King is assassinated on Apr 04, 1968. Learn more about what happened today on History.
Sending our condolences to the family and friends of Trooper Chad P. Dermyer.
It is with an incredibly heavy heart and the utmost sadness that we confirm, the Virginia State Police Trooper killed in the line of duty today was a former Newport News Police Officer.
Trooper Chad P. Dermyer, 37, was part of a Virginia State Police team participating in a specialized training on criminal interdiction practices at the Greyhound Bus Station in Richmond, VA this afternoon, when he was shot and killed by a citizen.
Trooper Dermyer is fondly remembered by all who knew him. While with NNPD, he served with his partner (former) Officer Cyndi Grace for a number of years and they were known and referred to throughout the department as "Gracemyer".
NNPD Assistant Chief Joe More said, "Chad Dermyer was a member of our police department family. He had an excellent reputation and he was an outstanding officer."
Trooper Dermyer is survived by his wife and two young children.
A loss of this magnitude cannot be put into words...our hearts are broken. We feel incredibly blessed to have known Chad and to have been on his team. Rest in peace, friend, we have the watch now.
Please keep Trooper Dermyer's family, friends and co-workers in your thoughts and prayers in the days to come.
Here is a link to the full press release about today's events from Virginia State Police: https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaStatePolice/posts/10154367810330101
Interesting project. What are your thoughts?
In three years, it will be the four hundredth anniversary of the arrival of African slaves on United States soil - in fact Virginia soil. Virginia
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TODAY IN AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY
On this day in 1883, Jan Matzeliger received Patent # 274207 for the first machine to manufacture an entire shoe. In the early days of shoe making, shoes were made mainly by hand. For proper fit, the customer's feet had to be duplicated in size and form by creating a stone or wooden mold called a "last" from which the shoes were sized and shaped. Since the greatest difficulty in shoe making was the actual assembly of the soles to the upper shoe, it required great skill to tack and sew the two components together. It was thought that such intricate work could only be done by skilled human hands. As a result, shoe lasters held great power over the shoe industry. They would hold work stoppages without regard for their fellow workers' desires, resulting in long periods of unemployment for them. Not only was Matzeliger's invention the greatest advancement in the shoe industry, it revolutionized labor relations in the industry as well. His father was a Dutch engineer of German descent living in Dutch Guyana, and his mother was a black Surinamese slave of African descent.
KNOW YOUR HISTORY!
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