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Throughout history, Black women have paved pathways in civil rights, science, the arts, politics, and every aspect of our society. This Women’s History Month, we want to celebrate Black women for all that they are: trailblazers, visionaries, artists, scientists, educators, and leaders. But beyond their accomplishments, we honor them for the strength of their character, their unwavering spirit, and the profound influence they have in their communities.

Amherst School Board candidates pictured here right to left are: David Childress, Ginger Burg, Charles Johnson III, Lori Saunders, Angela Wilder, Dawn Pool, Chris Terry and Priscilla Liggon. The eight candidates running for four seats on the Amherst County School Board up for election on Nov. 7 at a recent public forum addressed issues affecting education, including closing the achievement gap, reducing chronic absenteeism and attracting and retaining employees.
The Amherst branch of the NAACP hosted the Sept. 26 forum at Monelison Middle School that gathered the candidates — four incumbents and four challengers — to the stage.
A group of Central High School alumni gathered recently at Amherst County High School for a display case dedication to celebrate the former school’s many accomplishments.
The display case is in the high school’s hallway near the front entrance and is a tribute to Central High, the pride of the Black community in Amherst County for more than a decade. The group on Sept. 13 thanked ACPS Superintendent William Wells and Joey Crawford, the high school’s principal, for giving an opportunity to showcase the school’s achievements in athletics that was promised 54 years ago by the Amherst County School Board.
 The four candidates vying to become Amherst County’s next sheriff spent an hour of face time with voters during a Sept. 12 public forum giving their positions on various topics and issues facing law enforcement.
The event, hosted by the Amherst County branch of the NAACP, drew a few hundred people to Monelison Middle School’s gym who gathered to hear from the four candidates, two retired from the Amherst County Sheriff’s Office and two currently serving in it, who will take the reins of the office when Sheriff E.W. Viar retires at the end of the year following two terms.
The two candidates for Amherst County Commonwealth’s Attorney in the Nov. 7 election — incumbent chief prosecutor Lyle Carver and challenger Rich Gilman — addressed residents during a public forum Tuesday, each making his case on why voters should elect him. Both attorneys gave their viewpoints during a Sept. 12 forum the Amherst County branch of the NAACP hosted at Monelison Middle School.