Honoring a Legacy — Black History Month Program at the Mazie S. Woodruff Center

Denise Hartsfield

It was an atmosphere of celebration and inspiration during the 2nd annual Black History Month program at The Mazie S. Woodruff Center on Feb. 22, 2018. The program focused on the legacy of two champions for the African-American community in Winston-Salem, Mazie S. Woodruff and Walter Marshall.

Walter Marshall’s children Krista and Malcolm shared their father’s favorite quotes and personal stories.
“He gave his life for his community and encouraged me to be there for my kids,” said Malcolm Marshall.

Guest speaker, the Honorable Judge Denise Hartsfield presented “Honoring a Legacy: Celebrating the Past to Shape the Future,” focusing on the legacy of Mazie Woodruff.

Last year, the Mazie S. Woodruff scholarship was established to give one Forsyth Tech student a $250 award each semester.

The recipient of the first scholarship, Vernell Springs thanked the Woodruff family for their act of kindness.

“The Mazie Woodruff Scholarship Fund made it possible for me to buy my books. Without this scholarship I would not have been able to take my courses this semester and be a candidate for graduation in May.”

“The Mazie S. Woodruff Scholarship isn’t just about tuition assistance, it delivers impact far beyond that. It’s about eliminating financial barriers and providing students with the opportunity to create a better life for themselves and their family,” said Angela Cook, director of donor relations.

The ultimate goal of the Mazie S. Woodruff Center is to raise $25,000 — enough money to endow the scholarship so that Mazie’s name will live on in perpetuity, while continuing to make a difference in the lives of others.

To date, thanks to the incredible support of generous donors, the center has raised $7,000 toward the endowed scholarship fund.