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Rev. Joan Tarpley-Robinson also wrote, performs a one-woman play
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Courtesy Photo: Rev. Joan Tarpley-Robinson will be the keynote speaker for the 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast at the Pigg River Community Center on Jan. 20.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014


The keynote speaker for the 12th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast in Franklin County will be Rev. Joan Tarpley-Robinson, the pastor of Rosebud Baptist Church in Chatham.

The breakfast is set for Monday, Jan. 20 from 8 to 10 a.m. at the Pigg River Community Center in Rocky Mount.

Tarpley-Robinson of Pittsylvania County is a retired educator and Professor Emeritus of Danville Community College, where she taught math for 31 years. She has also taught in Prince Edward and Pittsylvania counties.

She is a graduate of Tunstall High School in Dry Fork. She has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Saint Paul's College and a master's degree from the University of Virginia. Her post graduate work was done at the University of Virginia and Appalachian State University.

She serves on numerous boards and is a member of several community organizations.

Tarpley-Robinson has written and performed a one-woman play entitled "From Slavery to Freedom." The play depicts the history of her family and details the struggles they encountered from their arrival from Africa to the present day of freedom in America.

She has performed the play in different states, churches and educational settings.

Tarpley-Robinson is the widow of the late Willie Paul Robinson Jr. She has one daughter and two stepchildren.

Elder Jeffery Hairston, pastor of Tabernacle of Praise Church, will give the invocation during this year's breakfast.

Welcoming remarks will be given by Peter Heck, followed by a prayer from Rev. Roy Gunn, pastor of Rock Ridge Baptist Church.

Miss Pigg River Amiya Saunders will introduce the keynote speaker, and music will be provided by Julia Parks and the ministers' wives of the Pigg River Baptist Association.

Recognition of guests and presentations will be given by Florella Johnson, followed by closing remarks from Brenda Muse, principal of Benjamin Franklin Middle School and Mistress of Ceremonies for the breakfast.

Rev. Eddie Hawks, pastor of Woodlawn Baptist Church, will give the benediction.

Proceeds from last year's breakfast was shared by Helping Hands and the Free Clinic of Franklin County.

The Pigg River Community Center is located at 2410 South Main Street.

Tickets are on sale now at $12 per person and will not be sold at the door.

To purchase tickets, call 540-483-9635, 540-483-7151, 540-483-8862 or 540-483-9469.

A snow date for the event has been set for Saturday, Jan. 25.

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