Alabama Native Donna Easterwood Honored as Black History Maker
92.9 WTUG, Praise 93.3, and 105.1 The Block in partnership with Robinson Automotive, the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated, Delta Phi Lambda Chapter, the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Eta Xi Omega Chapter, along with Lanier Automotive, Bryant Bank, and Dixie Motors in Northport, we are proud to salute, Donna Easterwood.
Donna Easterwood is a native of Northport, Alabama. She is a mother, grandmother, and most of all, a woman of God. Mrs. Easterwood was educated in the Tuscaloosa County School System, graduating from Tuscaloosa County High School, Northport, Alabama. Her post-secondary education was completed at The University of Alabama, where she matriculated with two degrees, one in Social Work and the second in Community Health Sciences.
As an individual who believes in helping others and those who are less fortunate, Donna embarked on a career as a Social Worker, where she compassionately served for over 25 years. She is currently employed as the Director of AmeriCorps Seniors. Her duties include the coordination and placement of senior citizen volunteers in classrooms throughout the Tuscaloosa City and County schools to assist students. These senior volunteers serve as integral participants in tutoring and mentoring students in reading literacy and comprehension – a part of the Alabama Literacy Act.
A civic-minded and community-vested citizen, Donna serves on the boards of Family Guidance Center of Alabama, Tuscaloosa Children’s Policy Council, and RSVP of Tuscaloosa and Hale counties. This woman of faith is a member of the New Zion Missionary Baptist Church – Northport, Alabama, where she continues her service to humanity as a Youth Counselor, Co-Chairman of Red Circles, and the Young Women’s Auxiliary (YWA), and General Mission Secretary. She also serves as Assistant Directress of the Red Circles and YWA of the Northwest District State Convention. Donna is a Silver Star and Life Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated – Eta Xi Omega Chapter-Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is president of the chapter.
Donna passionately encourages young people of color to believe that they are uniquely and wonderfully made. As history reflects that the South is the cradle of the Civil Rights Movement and the State of Alabama a pivotal setting in the Movement, Donna encourages all to teach and share the story of Black History and the Civil Rights Movement in Alabama. She stresses that children must be taught how the prayerful and purposeful planning of marches, boycotts, sit-ins, and the faith of a resilient people, led to the eradication of blatant racial inequality, the desegregation of schools, and in our ultimately being granted our constitutional right to vote. The ability to vote was instrumental in the election of our 44th President, Barack Obama, and 49th Vice President, Kamala Harris, both people of color. Donna unequivocally believes that the story of the plight of the struggles of African Americans in Alabama and our rich heritage must be perpetually shared to empower our children and future generations.
Donna Easterwood, we salute you.
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