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Rockin’ it in the band...

Cynthia is a 5th grader at a KIPP school in Atlanta, GA. She is only ten years old, and is a member of the marching band! Cynthia plays trumpet and performed with the band for the first time on September 21, 2017. Go, Cynt!!

Trip Down Memory Lane in Hopewell

A commentary in the Progress-Index by Joan Holland entitled A trip down memory lane in Hopewell provoked a strong reaction from Curtis/Dee Dee). He countered with his own commentary entitled TRIPS DOWN MEMORY LANE IN HOPEWELL ARE NOT ALWAYS SO PLEASANT.You must read both commentaries to better understand Dee Dee’s response to Ms. Holland. He has sent his commentary to the Progress-Index, and hopefully it will be published. The Harris Connection is proud of you, Dee Dee! 

Jaslyn Started Kindergarten

Jaslyn started kindergarten on September 6, 2017 at Image Lincoln Public Charter in Temple Hills, MD. She likes her new classmates and teacher. September 15, 2017 was Grandparents Day at Image Lincoln Public Charter. The students performed and grandparents were invited to meet the teacher and see the classroom. Jaslyn’s four grandparents (Harris and Hairston) were in attendance  Good luck in kindergarten, Jaslyn!

2017 U.S. Open

Michelle and Joanne traveled to the 2017 U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows, NY for Labor Day weekend. They were accommodated for four days at the InterContinental New York Barclay Hotel in Manhattan. The tennis enthusiasts’ first Open experience was viewing day matches from courtside seats in the Louis Armstrong Stadium on September 2nd. For evening matches on September 2nd and day/evening matches on September 3rd, the ladies were treated royally in suite 241 of the Arthur Ashe Stadium. They were served drinks, snacks, lunch, and dinner while watching Venus Williams, Rafa Nadal, Roger Federer, Sam Querrey, Madison Keys, and others. Michelle and Joanne said it was a real blast!!  

Emancipation Proclamation & Freedom Monument Finalists

The Emancipation Proclamation & Freedom Monument will be constructed on Brown’s Island in Richmond, VA, and is dedicated to the contributions of African-American Virginians in the centuries-long fight for freedom. Our Patriarch, Dr. Curtis W. Harris, has been selected as one of 30 finalists out of more than 90 nominees. Eight African-African Virginians out of the 30 finalists will be chosen to be highlighted on the monument. Congratulations to our Patriarch!!
Click the following link for more information: Emancipation Proclamation & Freedom Monument Finalist.

Jean Jones Hawkins

Our beloved Aunt Jean passed away on Monday, August 21, 2017 while vacationing with her family in Myrtle Beach, SC. Her funeral was on Saturday, September 2, 2017 at Union Baptist Church in Hopewell, VA. Col. James Palmer, Jr. was the eulogist, and Aunt Jean was interned at Mt. Sinai Memorial Park in Prince George, VA. The Harris Connection will miss the presence of Jean Hawkins, but lovingly release her to her eternal home.

A video was styled by Joanne as a tribute to Aunt Jean. Click the following link to view the video: Jean J. Hawkins

MBS Fitness Lab

Monte’s Mind-Body-Spirit (MBS) Fitness Lab is based on the principle of implementing a fitness program that leads to the development of an optimal level of cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength and flexibility. The MBS Fitness Lab sponsors Adult & Youth Fitness Camps and hosted a Redskins Cheerleader Camp on July 25, 2017. "Workout With A Purpose” is slated for August 5, 2017 at the Carole Hoefner Center in Charlotte, NC. Good luck, Monte!

August Wedding Anniversaries

Happy Anniversary to:

Curtis & Anita - 42 Years - August 22, 2017

Mike & Patricia - 40 Years - August 22, 2017

Vick & Felicia - 4 Years - August 24, 2017

Youth Camp

During the week of July 17, 2017, Deja was in West Virginia at a youth camp sponsored by her church. She attends the Hopewell campus of Destination Church with her family.

New Job

Christina started a new job on July 17, 2017 in the legal department of Orkin, Inc. in Atlanta, GA. Congratulations, Bean, and good luck!!


©joanne h. lucas 2017