We will honor the legacy of London Elementary School and its role in our community. We will also honor John L. Hairston, the school principal, who would be celebrating his 100th birthday this year if he were still with us.
The Celebrating Courage Weekend includes a series of community activities that are free and open to the public on Saturday, August 11th and Sunday, August 12th in both the Walnut Cove and Pine Hall Communities. Saturday afternoon will include storytelling workshops, followed by a fish fry, the “Celebrating Courage” documentary film premiere and a community sing-a-long. Sunday will include a church service focused on John L. Hairston, a free community luncheon, followed by a second screening of the original documentary film “Celebrating Courage.”
The event is in collaboration with the Stokes County Historical Society, the Stokes County Arts Council, Residents for Coal Ash Cleanup, and Appalachian Voices.
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Overview of Weekend Celebration
Saturday, August 11th, 2018
2-4 PM: Holy Spirit Story and Song Workshop
Led by Marie Garlock and Tracey Edwards
Accompanying Music led by Meghann Evans
London Elementary School
609 School St, Walnut Cove, NC
5:30 - 8 PM: Fish Fry Fundraiser, Documentary Film Premiere, and Gospel Sing-A-Long
Music provided by Pine Hall Missionary Baptist Church and the John L. Hairston family
Fish Fry Donations will go towards additional programming and park development sponsored by The Lilies Project
Pine Hall Community Campus
3853 US 311, Pine Hall, NC
Sunday, August 12th, 2018
11 AM: Church Service led by Rev. Gregory Hairston
1 PM: Free Community Luncheon
2-4 PM: "Celebrating Courage" Documentary Film Premiere - Second Screening
Media Resources & Press
- Celebrating Courage Weekend Press Release, August 1st, 2018
- "An Appreciation of a Man From Another Time," by Madison Taylor, The Times-News, Burlington, NC, June 12, 2015.
- "Saura Town: Once a Busy Hub," by Meredith Barkley, Greensboro News & Record, Interview with John L. Hairston about local history of Saura Town Plantation, June 29, 1993.
- Biography of John L. Hairston
- Lyrics for London Alumni Song
- "New film showcases school principal's fight against injustices during civil rights movement," by Margaret Johnson, WXII News12, Friday, August 10th, 2018.
- "Local pioneer to be honored for role in school integration this weekend," by Margaret Johnson, WXII News12, Friday, August 10th, 2018.
- "Al Gore to Speak at Ecological Justice Organizing Tour in Greensboro Monday," by Jessica Winters, WFMY News 2, Sunday, August 12th, 2018.
- "‘We know who the villain is,’ Gore tells crowd near Duke’s Belews Creek plant; neighbors blame illness on coal ash," by Lisa O'Donnell, The Winston-Salem Journal, Monday, August 13th, 2018.
- "Photos: Al Gore stands in support of Belews Creek residents," by Walt Unks, The Winston-Salem Journal, Monday, August 13th, 2018.
- "John L. Hairston leaves lasting legacy," by Amanda Dodson, The Stokes News, Wednesday, August 15th, 2018.
- "Al Gore stops in Stokes County," by Amanda Dodson, The Stokes News, Wednesday, August 15th, 2018.
- "Al Gore, Rev. Barber tour coal-impacted communities in N.C.," by Ridge Graham, Front Porch Blog, Appalachian Voices, Wednesday, August 22nd, 2018.
- "A Leader in the War on Poverty Opens a New Front: Pollution," by Kendra Pierre-Louis, The New York Times, Friday, August 24th, 2018.
Double Tree Hotel
5790 University Parkway,
Winston Salem, North Carolina, 27105
Airport Marriott- Greensboro
One Marriott Drive
Greensboro, North Carolina 27409
Celebration of John L. Hairston Room Block
- Start date: 8/10/18
- End date: 8/12/18
- Last day to book: 8/3/18
Marriott hotel(s) offering your special group rate:
- Greensboro-High Point Marriott Airport for 135 USD per night
- includes internet