Ad Spot

BBCF establishes scholarship in honor of Linden native, Rev. William Curry

The plight of dwindling communities and youth who seek their future elsewhere instead of strengthening the ranks of hometown leaders and game changers is one that has been played out time and again across the Alabama Black Belt. 

In an effort to combat that sad refrain, Dr. Arthur Dunning and Mr. Taylor Jones announce the establishment of the William Curry Scholarship for Academic and Community Leadership through the Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF). 

Rev. William Curry was born in Linden and completed high school as valedictorian at Linden Academy. After graduation, he entered the military and chose to return to his hometown in Alabama to contribute to the community that had given him a launch in life.  During an era in which many African Americans migrated out of the south, Rev. Curry committed to return as a servant leader. Even after growing up during the era of Jim Crow, through grace, he worked across the lines of difference — race, gender, political party, etc. Throughout his life in Linden, he served on the city council, the school board, as a little league coach and a minister in the A.M.E. Zion church. His passion to uplift the youth of Marengo County was unwavering, and he never minced words when confronting some of our society’s most challenging obstacles to success.    

This scholarship is designed to enhance the lives of youth in Marengo County and the Black Belt of Alabama by awarding scholarships and creating internships and opportunities for these students to return to the Black Belt, thus continuing the example of life and legacy so brightly established by Rev. Curry.

BBCF President Felecia Lucky states, “One of my favorite things to experience with BBCF is when someone approaches us with a passionate and inspiring idea of how to make the Black Belt better. We were thrilled when Dr. Dunning reached out to share his love of Rev. Curry and how he wanted to translate Rev. Curry’s shining example into the reality of actively helping and encouraging students in the Black Belt. Thanks to Rev. Curry and ultimately Dr. Dunning and Mr. Jones for lighting this torch that we are honored to carry forward.” 

BBCF is inviting donors to contribute in growing this scholarship.  Dr. Arthur Dunning and Mr. Taylor Jones have seeded this program with an initial $10,000 and will match an additional $10,000 for contributions made during calendar year 2020. The scholarship program is currently under development to ensure that it truly honors Rev. William Curry and all that he represented — integrity, work ethic, service and a belief that youth can lead and become extraordinary contributors to improving the quality of life throughout the Black Belt.

Blackbelt Gazette

Marengo County High School to host a Back to School Kickoff

Blackbelt Gazette

Consumers to Take Advantage of July 16-18 Tax Holiday

Blackbelt Gazette

Billy George Tucker “Gramps” – “Daddy”

Blackbelt Gazette

Marengo County Commission honors long-time employee, votes to revoke liquor, lounge licenses

Blackbelt Gazette

Back Water Boat Rentals hold ribbon cutting ceremony

Blackbelt Gazette

Reptiles make appearance for the Demopolis Public Library Summer Reading Program

Blackbelt Gazette

Mother, son publish book on hope, determination, inspiration

Blackbelt Gazette

Smokin Jack’s named June Business of the Month

Blackbelt Gazette

Rebecca Crawford Marlowe

Blackbelt Gazette

Linden BOE members increase monthly pay by $100, discuss renovation projects

Blackbelt Gazette

Marengo County BOE discusses ESSER Funds for school district

Blackbelt Gazette

Demopolis resident grateful for Whitfield’s local medical facilities

News

Anthony Willis named superintendent of Demopolis City Schools

Blackbelt Gazette

Demopolis and Linden fire departments receive donations from WoodmenLife

Blackbelt Gazette

DACC announces 2020 Community Award winners

Blackbelt Gazette

The Mustard Seed named May Business of the Month

Blackbelt Gazette

Man who robbed Demopolis gun store in 2019 sentenced to five years in prison

Blackbelt Gazette

Demopolis Lady Tigers Softball wins one, drops one

Blackbelt Gazette

Marengo High Lady Tracksters claim 1-A Section 2 Track Championship

Blackbelt Gazette

Former West Alabama athlete shares journey to entertainment business

Blackbelt Gazette

Linden Board of Education discusses George P. Austin renovations, graduation

News

Linden City Council hears concerns from local delegates

Blackbelt Gazette

Marengo County Board of Education receives updates on school district

Blackbelt Gazette

Demopolis Girl Scouts troop chooses first responders as their 2021 Hometown Heroes