On Saturday, the Suffolk Democratic Committee honored three community heroes at our fourth annual Community Heroes Luncheon. This year our honorees were Ms. Ruby Walden, Ms. Paulette Moore, and Mr. Jack Crowley.
Ruby Walden is a retired educator and an icon in the Suffolk community. She has been a political activist and a civil rights advocate since the early civil rights struggles who has received numerous awards from the various committees and organizations for which she has served. Still active at 90 years, she was attending a rally for Barack Obama in Richmond during our luncheon, and her son Olin Walden accepted her award.
Paulette Moore was an early volunteer and a tireless worker for the Western Tidewater Free Clinic. Accepting her award, she spoke of the Free Clinic’s mission, how the clinic has helped numerous people in great need, and how wonderful it is to connect with people in difficult times. She urged us to learn more about the clinic and offer support through volunteer work or donations.
Jackson Crowley is a member of the Suffolk Democratic Committee and was honored today for his leadership and efforts towards the restoration of voting rights for ex offenders. Mr. Crowley has become an important source of information for Suffolk residents in matters of voter registration and rights restoration. He was an important driver in the committee’s rights restoration workshops in January and has worked one-on-one with ex offenders, who been productive citizens since fulfilling their debts.
The guest speakers were Mayor Linda Johnson and Vice Mayor Charles Brown. Senator John Miller of the 1st Virginia Senate District and Ella Ward, who is running to represent the 4th district in the U.S. Congress also spoke at the event.