Black history program scheduled

Published 9:04 am Thursday, February 18, 2016

Davie County Senior Services and Graham Funeral Home will co-host an annual Black History Month Program on Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Davie Senior Services at 10:30 a.m.

The guest speaker will be Evelyn Terry, a member of the N.C. General Assembly representing Forsyth County District 71.

She is a retired professional with years of experience in higher education administration and teaching at Winston-Salem State University; nonprofit executive management and successful grant writing exceeding $50 million.

“Representative Terry demonstrates her talents and skills in the political arena with passion and conviction,” said Regina Graham. “Issues most important to her include breaking down barriers in society that cause inequality and lack of access for all people. She is known for leading the fight against structural injustice and implicit racism.”

Among the highlights of her career is leading the charge as principle investigator for one of largest grant awards received by the Winston-Salem Housing Authority. Terry helped to reduce debt of over a quarter of a million dollars at the Southside Community Development Corp. during the housing crisis.

She is working on a historic preservation project to encourage and inspire an interest in the preservation movement. The George Black House and Brickyard, named for her grandfather a nationally-known handmade brickmaker (1879-1980), is a site on National Register of Historic Places as well as a Local Landmark Designation in Forsyth County; she also chairs the board of directors of Forsyth County Department of Social Services.

She is a graduate of Johnson C. Smith University and holds a master’s degree from Appalachian State University. Her professional memberships include Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture among others.

Her husband is Frederick N. Terry, CLP Presbyterian Church USA. They have an adult son, Franklin George-Black Terry.

The public is invited.  Lunch will be served. If staying for lunch, RSVP by Feb. 17 to 753-6230.