Our nation formed more than two centuries ago, and the history of African Americans stretches back to its beginnings. All of which makes Black History Month, aka February, a fuzzy abstraction in certain ways.
But Tuesday morning, Mignon Chubb-Hale showed me how it doesn’t have to be that way.
She was a schoolteacher for 30 years, one of the first black educators ever assigned to once all-white Wasena Elementary. Later she served on the Roanoke School Board.
Chubb-Hale took me and photographer Kyle Green on a mini, black-history tour of Northwest Roanoke. It was a preview of a formal tour she’ll conduct later this month for Roanoke Parks and Recreation. Much of that history she lived.
“She’s like a walking encyclopedia,” said Melida McKee, a city recreation coordinator.
The tour wasn’t a bit fuzzy or abstract. Instead, we heard pride — tempered with some pain — and saw bricks and mortar, concrete and bronze, flesh and bone.
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