Peace Be Still (May/June 2010)

Debra Sutton … Following a lengthy illness, Sutton succumbed on May 19 at Froedtert Hospital. Her devoted husband, Kevin Ingram, family and friends, surrounded her. Sutton’s Job-like faith, humble demeanor and positive attitude will be missed.

Linda Jackson Cocroft, publisher of BW50+ MAGAZINE,with Dorothy Height at Congressional Black Caucus.

Dorothy Height ... Civil rights pioneer of the 1960s, Height died recently at age 98 at Howard University Hospital. Her vision of originating the Black Family Reunion epitomized her emphasis on unity and importance of family. She was chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women. In the 1960s, she worked alongside civil rights pioneers, including the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., future U.S. Rep. John Lewis and A. Philip Randolph; and, was on the platform when King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 March on Washington.

Betty Jean Gillespie … Passed into glory May 17. Through her tireless efforts, she help transform Speed Queen Barbeque and the corner of 12th and Walnut Streets into a Midwestern landmark known for serving the best smoked meat. Her children Giovanna Gillespie and Gwyneth Smith, according to an earlier statement by Gillespie to BW50+, will carry on the Speed Queen legacy.

Ikita Amiee McClain, Bachelor of Science - Nursing

Spring 2010 commencement, Grambling State University (May/June 2010)

Louisiana family: (l-r) Dorothy Washington, IAM, Jessie M. Reed, Kimyatta Reed, Charlene Cocroft, Patrick Washington, Allen Cocroft

A toast to IAM before School of Nursing Pinning Ceremony. (L-R) Donovan Cocroft, Mia Cocroft, IAM, Linda Jackson Cocroft, Charlene and Allen Cocroft, Christian Cocroft


BSN graduates Rasheedrick Clark, IAM, Latasha Jordan along with Mekail Grant who will intern in Washington, D.C. this summer as a medical technician

(Front) Myron McClain, Maya Thomas, Ashland Stovall, Donovan Cocroft



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