2024 Rouson Memorial Lecture Featuring The Reverend Pamela Taylor Held in the CHowan Chapel
The 2024 annual Rouson Memorial lecture, held in the Chowan Chapel, was a wonderful celebration of individuals in the local communities serving as beacons of success and pioneers of their communities. The lecture made possible in collaboration with the Murfreesboro Historical Association, showcased the remarkable achievements and contributions of three outstanding individuals. It is a testament to the power of community collaboration and the unwavering commitment to education and service.
Highlighting the morning were two prestigious awards presented to exceptional individuals who have made a significant impact in their respective fields. The Futrell/Ruffin Community Service Award, a recognition of extraordinary dedication to the community, was bestowed upon Emma P. Peoples. As a Chowan Graduate and the first African American Student to attend the university, Peoples’ groundbreaking achievements were previously acknowledged in November 2023.
Another remarkable recipient was Orlanda G. Reed, who received the Minnie Wood Perkins Humanitarian Award. Reed, a resident of Hertford County, has dedicated her life to serving God and her community, traveling the world to minister in Africa and embodying the true spirit of humanitarianism.
Reverend Pamela G. Taylor, a Chowan Alumni, delivered an inspiring lecture that captivated the audience. Her words of love, encouragement, hope, and prosperity for the university resonated deeply with all attendees, leaving a lasting impression.
In her lecture, entitled “You Can, and I want You To”, Talor called for those in attendance to go back to the roots of loving and supporting each other in times of struggle. She spoke briefly about her own academic journey, encouraging other students to see her success and reflect on what has brought them this far when others have doubted their accomplishments. The words she shared were an inspiration to those looking for reassurance – and the authenticity and warmth to which they were delivered made them all the more powerful.
The success of the event was made possible by the generous contributions of the dedicated family and friends who have donated to the Rouson Memorial Scholarship. Their support ensures that deserving students have the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams at Chowan University.