The George Henry White
Memorial Health & Education Center
Classes and Instructors
Fine Food and Fitness Instructor
Family and Consumer Sciences, Extension Agent with NC Cooperative Extension-Columbus County Center. Earned Masters, Agricultural and Extension Education, NC State, and Bachlors, Community Health and Preventive Medicine, East Carolina University. Will present healthy meal preparation and principles, and fitness keys, for a happier, healthier life.
Licensed Electrician, Instructor
Experienced Electrician and owner of Elvis Matthews Electric, Kenansville, NC holds a Electrical Contractors license and other certifications. He is an experienced instructor and trainer. He performed the total rewire and installation of electrical equipment for the GHW Center, from a 100 year old structure to current codes and operational capacity.
Information Technology Instructor
Bringing her skills teaching computer software skills to students to those who may be unfamiliar with technology, Miss Mary will be offering classes at the center for our local residents. Learn the basic programs, and some special shortcuts, to make your life smoother and get results faster.
Author and Presenter
Dr. Ben Justesen
Ben Justesen, Ph.D., is the author of six books including his Pulitzer Prize–nominated biography, George Henry White: An Even Chance in the Race of Life. As a local news reporter, at the Whiteville News Reporter and Fayetteville Observer, he discovered the obscure career of George H. White (1852-1918) which led to his writing books such as In His Own Words: The Writings, Speeches, and Letters of George Henry White (iUniverse.com, 2004); Broken Brotherhood: The Rise and Fall of the National Afro-American Council (SIU Press, 2008) and Forgotten Legacy: William McKinley, George Henry White, and the Struggle for Black Equality, ( LSU Press, 2020). He also wrote the script for the documentary, American Phoenix (2012). He worked as a Foreign Service officer for the U.S. Department of State in Jamaica, Denmark, Suriname, Singapore and Latvia, as well as Washington, DC.
Dr. Justesen is a frequent contributor and editor of the North Carolina Historical Review, and he is an adjunct faculty member at Heritage Bible College, Dunn, N.C., from 2012 to 2019.
Landowner Education Series
Dãnia serves as Director of Land Retention and Advocacy at the Federation of Southern Cooperatives/Land Assistance Fund the largest and oldest cooperatively-owned organization whose membership includes black farmers, landowners and cooperatives. After double concentrating in Community Health and Africana Studies at Brown University, she earned her J.D. at University of Virginia School of Law.
Dãnia began her legal career as a Skadden Fellow at the North Carolina Association of Black Lawyers’ Land Loss Prevention Project implementing a project she designed which provided community education and estate planning services to improve Black farmers and heir property landowners' access to legal services in the rural South. She developed the documentary - "Our Land, Our Lives: The North Carolina Black Farmers' Experience" and served on the inaugural North Carolina Sustainable Local Food Advisory Council.
Dãnia is also the Director of the Federation’s Regional Heirs Property & Mediation Center, manages the State Agricultural Mediation Programs in Florida, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Georgia, and Louisiana, leads the Heir Property Relending Program Technical Assistance and Outreach Project, hosts the Federation Conversation Podcast, supervises the Federation Fellowship and Summer Law Student Internship, and leads the Federation’s Advocacy Institute. Dãnia currently serves on the boards of the Farmers Legal Action Group and Southern Rural Development Center.
Information Technology Instructor
Captain Keith Jacobs (Ret.)
With 20 years experience in Information Technology, Professor Jacobs is teaching Computer Networking--the structure, protocols and operations of electronic communications systems. Classes begin in May and take place on Saturdays for 3 hour trainings. Students will understand the theory and practice, with application to both workplaces and home.
Personal/professional development mentor
Author and speaker with more than a dozen books published teaches the ways that each of us can transform our lives to become a strong champion. Active with Concerned Citizens of Lake Waccamaw, and Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, and founder of Athletes Against Drugs.
Family Nurse Practitioner
Maria Campbell, DNP, FNP-BC
Family Nurse Practitioner at Columbus Regional Healthcare, and holder of a Doctor of Nursing Practice (Board Certified) from East Carolina University, Dr. Campbell addresses health topics, and teaches self-care and management, in order to live our best lives.
Lin has over 25 years experience designing and fabricating unique jewelry. She instructs learners in making bracelets, necklaces, earrings and minor jewelry repair. She was featured by the national craft chain, JoAnn’s, as an instructor for their monthly jewelry projects.
For the classes at the GHW center, participants choose from a wide variety of beads, stones and hardware included in the price of the class.
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