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Faculty member accepts national award in D.C.

On February 22, 2013

A Marshall University employee will go to Washington, D.C. to accept a national award Saturday.

Newatha Myers is the recipient of the Living Legacy Award. The Association for the Study of African American Life and History, a society devoted to the culture and history of African Americans, will present the award.

There were over 180 nominations for the award.

Myers will accept the award Saturday at the 87th Annual Black History Month Luncheon in Washington, D.C.

Myers moved to Huntington with her family when she was a senior in high school. She graduated from Douglas High School one year before it shut down because of integration.

She owned and operated the first black business in Huntington, which was called Shangrila Gift Shop.

In a biography she put together, as part of her entry for the award, Myers said she began working for the Huntington community with a job at the U.S. Department of Labor where she was a counselor for the Neighborhood Youth Corporation.

In the biography, Myers said the central goal of the Neighborhood Youth Corporation was to assist high school dropouts with their pursuit of GEDs and high school diplomas.

Her next service job for the city was for a program called New Careers, where she served as a make-up and fashion consultant and job developer, helping hundreds of men and women.

Former Mayor Robert Nelson decided to appoint the Mayors Committee to honor Woodson after learning of the contributions Woodson made to the city of Huntington.

In a letter recommending Myers for the award, Nelson said within a short time Myers and the committee had accomplished a history of Dr. Woodsons life and works, with emphasis on his time in Huntington, a bronze statue erected near the former Douglas High School, annual college scholarships to outstanding area high school graduates and the establishment of the Carter G. Woodson Foundation to further honor the life and works of Dr. Woodson.

Myers has been the president of the Carter G. Woodson Foundation for the past 20 years. She has also contributed to Marshall by creating the Black Association of Faculty and Staff.

Jessica Ramey can be contacted at

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