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New Head Of the WMS-AMEC

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CENTRAL TEXAN DEBORAH TAYLOR KING BECOMES HEAD OF INTERNATIONAL MISSIONARY ORGANIZATION

Deborah Taylor King is the tenth elected International President of the Connectional Women’s Missionary Society (WMS) in the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AMEC). She and other newly elected officers began their official roles in an installation service Thursday morning, August 1, 9 a.m. -12 noon in Columbus, Ohio, at the 19th Quadrennial Convention of the WMS-AMEC.

The organization has nearly half a million members performing missionary work in 32 countries across 5 continents. More than 3,500 people gathered at the convention to conduct business and elect officers to serve for the next four years. King ran for office unopposed. But, that level of support was not surprising to those in the WMS. King has a strong reputation for always working in service to others, being a strong leader in inspiring teams to success and a woman who walks in faith.

King grew up attending public schools in Austin, graduating from the original L.C. Anderson High School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Business from St. Edward’s University. In 2018, she received an Honorary Doctor of Humanities Degree from Paul Quinn College in Dallas for her service to the community. King is also a graduate of Leadership Austin and has received numerous awards for her community involvement.

She has over 30 years of management expertise acquired in her position as an Area Manager at AT&T/SBC in Austin, Corpus Christi and San Antonio. Through this, she learned the power of teamwork and purpose. She demonstrated vision and imaginative insight, while formulating plans and strategies for success. So she applied these skills in leadership roles in the community.

She has served as First Vice President (VP) for Professional Women of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and as a loaned executive for the United Way, Inc.  She was First Vice Chair for the Austin Area Urban League and a board member for Texas CASA. Currently, she is a board member and Vice President of the Austin Rosewood Community Development Corporation. She is a proud member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). She is recipient of numerous awards for her civic, community and religious service.

King is a lifelong member of Grant AME Worship Center in Austin and became involved with the WMS at an early age as a member of its Young People Division (YPD). As an adult, she has served the WMS as Local President, Area Chairperson, Conference and District 1st VP, District President, Connectional Research and Status of Black Women, Connectional 1st VP and now President. She is the proud wife of Charles E. King, IBM retired; mother of Travis and grandmother of Dezmond. In her new role, her office will be in Washington, D.C.

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Black Man Convicted of Murder Still in Prison After 7 Years Despite DNA Test Proving His Innocence

Houston, TX — 42-year old Lydell Grant, a Black man from Texas, has been behind bars for the past 7 years serving a life sentence after being convicted of a murder that he says he did not commit. There has even been a DNA test administered that has proved his innocence, and yet he still remains in prison.

Grant was accused of chasing down and fatally stabbing Aaron Scheerhoorn, a 28-year old man, near a night club in Montrose, Texas in December 2010. Grant was arrested days after the incident because of a Crime Stoppers tip.

During the trial, no one testified about whether the victim and Grant, who was a gang member and has previous arrest records, knew each other before the incident. He has since maintained his innocence and said that he did not commit the crime. But in 2012, Grant was convicted and sentenced to life in prison for murder.

Just recently, new evidence and testimonies prove his innocence. Aside from eyewitnesses who said Grant was not the one who killed the victim, the state DNA expert testified that Grant’s DNA does not match the DNA recovered from below the victim’s fingernails.

Moreover, the DNA test, which was even retested by the Innocence Project of Texas and the DPS crime lab, reveals that the identified suspect still remains at large.

While his release and exoneration are on the process, he could have been released on bond. Last week, Grant was in court for the hearing that would allow him to be released on bond, but the judge ruled he will remain in custody.

Another hearing is scheduled in late November but his family was somehow disappointed that Grant would still have to remain in custody and their reunion was postponed until then.

“We know he’s innocent, and we’re gonna fight to the end,” his aunt, Kitsye Grant, told ABC13. “They really need to go and find the right person. What I feel bad for is the mother of the young man, the victim. They got the wrong person.”

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6th Annual Rance Olison Sr. “Celebrity Sports Trivia Night” Gala

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San Antonio, TX— The NFL Former Players Association San Antonio-Austin Chapter will host their 6th Annual Rance Olison Sr. “Celebrity Sports Trivia Night” Gala, October 12, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Plaza Club, located on the 21 st floor of the Frost Bank Tower, 100 W. Houston St.

Rance “Sonny” William Olison used his athleticism to open doors that led to an advanced education and a lifetime of philanthropy. “He had a lot of great one-liners I find myself repeating, like: ‘To be a gainer, you must be a giver,’” former NFL and University of Texas running back Priest Holmes said about his friend. Olison called himself a “suitcase” player because he played in four professional football leagues including the NFL. He was a cornerback with the San Francisco 49ers in 1976. He also played for the Texarkana Phantoms in Arkansas from 1977-78, the Kansas City Chiefs in 1979, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1980, among others.

Olison also served as an assistant coach for the Dallas Cowboys and instructed many young people in sports throughout the years. Wanting to empower others, Olison also become a history teacher and philanthropist. During his reign as president of the NFL Former Players Association San Antonio-Austin Chapter, the organization worked with the San Antonio-based Priest Holmes Foundation to provide scholarships for students to help them step into promising futures.

On March 11, at age 65, Olison died of heart complications. To honor all of his accomplishments, The NFL Former Players Association San Antonio-Austin Chapter will host their 6th Annual Rance Olison Sr. “Celebrity Sports Trivia Night” Gala, October 12, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., at the Plaza Club, located on the 21st floor of the Frost Bank Tower, 100 W. Houston St.

The event will feature a dinner, dance and silent auction. There will be several Former NFL, NBA and MLB players in San Antonio, Texas to take part in this event.

Proceeds will benefit the Mrs. Carrie Kendrix Buggs Turkey giveaway in Rance hometown in Arkansas and in San Antonio on December for families in need.

Tickets can be purchased on Event Brite at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/6th-annual-rance-olison-celebrity-sports-trivia-night-gala-tickets-65676737891

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