Black History Month Legends of Orange County
Local government leaders in Orange County honored several Black History Month legends with ties to Orange County this month by creating special videos to commemorate their contributions. I chose to honor Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, a native and product of Orange County School System who played a leading role in developing one of the first vaccines being used to defeat the COVID-19 pandemic.
Other local legends honored included Joseph Fearrington, Jessica Harris, Braxton Foushee, Delores Bailey, Lillian Lee and Rosie Caldwell.
The Pauli Murray Awards
For 31 years, Orange County has honored the memory and legacy of Pauli Murray, a civil rights and women’s rights activist who coined the term “Jane Crow” to protest discrimination against African-American women. She later became the first African-American Episcopal Priest.
The Pauli Murray Award is presented annually by the Orange County Human Relations Commission to an Orange County youth, an Orange County adult, and an Orange County business that have served the community with distinction in the pursuit of equality, justice, and human rights for all residents.
This year's winners are Quinton Harper (adult), Savannah Clay (youth), and Present Day on Main (business).
Our ceremony will go virtual this year on Sunday, February 28. The event starts at 3 p.m.
Guest speakers include poet Nikki Giovanni, NC Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green, and local poet Alani Rouse.
The event is free, but registration is required! Register at www.orangecountync.gov/PauliMurray
Remembering our furry friends
The global pandemic has affected all of us, and that includes our pets! Orange County Animal Services recognizes the toll the pandemic is taking on our pets and pet families. They want to help Orange County residents retain their pets and have implemented several assistance programs.
Pet Food Assistance Program. This program helps provide families in need with pet food if they have experienced loss of income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please call 919-932-4965 or visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/2400/Pet-Food-Assistance-During-COVID-19 for more resources and to apply.
If you would like to donate to this pet food pantry to help others, please see our pet food wish list here: https://a.co/jjrjAWU.
Veterinary Care Assistance Program. In order to keep more pets in their homes with their families, OCAS developed a fund to assist Orange County residents with non-emergency veterinary expenses based on their needs and ability to meet income criteria. Please visit http://www.orangecountync.gov/2538/Veterinary-Care-Assistance-Program to see more details and to apply for assistance.
If you would like to donate to this fund to help others, please visit our GoFundMe page here: https://gofund.me/7850987e. We have raised more than $13,000 so far.
These programs would not be possible without the support of our amazing community.