Letters to the Editor

10/19 Your letters: Kelly Alexander, and West Durham Baptist Church

The Rev. Dr. LaMont J. Johnson Sr.
The Rev. Dr. LaMont J. Johnson Sr. courtesy of West Durham Baptist Church

Fowler for school board

Amy Fowler is the best candidate running for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro school board in this election cycle.

But first, a word about me: While I cannot say that I know what it’s like to be on our local school board, I can say that I know what it’s like to live with someone who does.

For the past four years my spouse Andrew Davidson has served on the board. I have been exposed to many, many single-parent nights during which my partner was attending a board meeting, a hearing, an SIT meeting at one of the schools in our district, or else preparing for one or more of those activities. (Once, a constituent showed up at our house, rang the doorbell, and ranted on our front porch about her kid’s high school teacher while our children were still asleep on a Saturday morning. True story.)

We got to know Dr. Fowler when she joined Chapel Hill Children’s Clinic as a provider. We found her to be an uncommonly sensitive physician, the kind of doctor with not only clinical expertise but also the proverbial “bedside manner” that patients love. She asked us good questions about our kids and took the time to listen to us.

We got to know Dr. Fowler still better when she took over the leadership of our district’s Special Needs Advisory Committee. She joins a list of legendary special-needs advocates and community leaders in this district, including Jamezetta Bedford, Adela Van Name, Linda Varblow, and Lisa Kaylie, who have championed the rights of students who require extra help to get through the public school system.

Dr. Fowler advocates inclusive education so that all our kids get a fair shot at life and success. If you are a person who “moved here for the schools” – and that’s what Andrew and I hear all the time – then you need Amy Fowler on the school board. She is not only passionate about pursuing high standards of achievement; she is a hard worker, and a determined advocate who means what she says.

Kelly Alexander

Chapel Hill

Church milestone

Historic West Durham Baptist Church has been a beacon to the city of Durham since 1892. Over a century and a quarter, the church has been guided by 13 pastors, and has endured the destruction of its earlier Brookstown home to be relocated at its current Athens Avenue location. The congregation is happy to announce we will be celebrating our 125th anniversary this month.

Our pastor, The Rev. Dr. LaMont J. Johnson Sr., will preach the anniversary sermon at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 22, at the church, at 1901 Athens Ave. The theme of the anniversary celebration is “Fortified by the Past, Focused on the Future.”

Pastor Johnson, who has led the West Durham Baptist congregation since January has encouraged the church to learn from and reinforce its rich history. “Even though my tenure as pastor at West Durham Baptist Church has been relatively short, I have been greatly impressed with the outstanding spiritual leadership that our church has provided for the Durham community over the years,” he says.

After the homecoming service, the church congregation will have a formal anniversary luncheon at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel. State Representative H. M. “Mickey” Michaux will be the keynote speaker for the luncheon. Rep. Michaux’s tenure in the legislature and his knowledge of the history of Durham has allowed him to have followed much of the West Durham Baptist Church legacy.

“Our church is one of the spiritual and historic pillars for the city of Durham,” says Pastor Johnson. “We extend an invitation to the people of the Durham area to worship with us on our 125th anniversary and to join us on other occasions in the future.”

The Communications Ministry

West Durham Baptist Church

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