Celebrating Our People: Week 1
DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - News4 is celebrating the Wiregrass’s most influential African Americans as part of Black History Month.
Throughout February, we’ll be highlighting some of the area’s most successful in their fields, and giving a spotlight to those who persevered to become the people they are today.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1 | DAVID KIRKLAND
David Kirkland was born and raised here in Dothan. From making his own radio station that transmitted to a block in his neighborhood to his current work with locally owned video production and cable advertising company Scenic Cable Network, he’s come a long way from any hardships he may have faced in his younger years.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 | ROCHESTER JOHNSON JR.
Rochester Johnson Jr. is honored by the legacy of his late father, Rochester Johnson, Sr. That legacy being a minister at First Missionary Baptist Church where he was very actively involved in the youth program. Johnson, Sr. also was the founder of the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance and Leadership Coalition (IMALC), with a purpose to bring races together and clergy together from all walks of faith.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 | JOHN GLANTON
News4 had the privilege of learning about Mr. Glanton’s life and accomplishments through the words of his son-in-law Dr. James Kelly. Mr. Glanton was the first black commissioner in Houston County/Dothan (and beyond). He worked hard for not only his own district but for the entire City of Dothan. His legacy will live on through his work and friendships. Commissioner Glanton passed last year.
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