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NEWS BRIEFS

Multnomah County Library Hosts ‘We Refuse to Be Enemies’

Library will hold a series of social justice workshops this summer ...

The Skanner Wins NNPA Award for Best Layout and Design

Our graphic designer Patricia Irvin wins for July 2016 issues ...

Cooling Centers to open in Multnomah County Saturday, Sunday

Temperatures expected to climb into the upper 90s this weekend ...

Multnomah County Leaders Release Statement on Safety at Summer Events

Officials advise public to check in, have a plan and be aware at public events ...

Portland Musician, Educator Thara Memory Dies

Grammy-winning Trumpeter, composer, teacher died Saturday at the age of 68 ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Our Children Deserve High Quality Teachers

It’s critical that parents engage with educational leaders and demand equal access to high quality teachers ...

Civil Rights Groups Ask for Broad Access to Affordable Lending

Charlene Crowell writes that today’s public policy housing debate is also an opportunity to learn from the mistakes of the past and...

Criminal Justice Disparities Present Barriers to Re-entry

Congressional Black Caucus Member Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.) writes about the fight to reduce disparities in our criminal justice...

Bill Maher Betrayed Black Intellectuals

Armstrong Williams talks about the use of the n-word and the recent Bill Maher controversy ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Juanita Walton and Roy Jay

Born Juanita Alberta Walton on May 19, 1954 and raised in Kinloch Missouri, Juanita comes from a family of great heritage, history and self-determination.

She earned her Masters degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Her career calling was politics...elected to the Missouri Legislature, she served eight years representing the residents and businesses of St. Louis County.  At the end of her last term, Juanita was about to make a dramatic life change... move from her home of Missouri, across country to Portland, Oregon to pursue personal interest with a man that gave her an opportunity and encouragement to elevate herself to the next level.

After moving to Portland, she not only set up her own businesses, but also served as Administrator for Project Clean Slate.  She served on various board and committees and had a special passion for The Sisters Network, where she served as Director.

Juanita Walton was a very low profile accomplished woman. She was actively involved with the National Foundation of Women Legislators where she served on the board. She has traveled to various countries as representing the United States and Roy Jay Enterprises based in Las Vegas.

Juanita loved God and everyone around her. Her and her business partner, Roy Jay were the quiet sources of scholarships, home financing, job placement and other community endeavors that were never publicized.

Mrs. Walton represented parts of north St. Louis County from 2000 to 2008. She chaired the business and finance committee for the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, served as president of the National Foundation of Women Legislators, and was Democratic committeewoman of Ferguson Township.

She was also a founding member of the Black Women’s Political Action Coalition, an organization aimed at increasing the political influence of women at all levels of elected office.

In a varied career outside politics, Ms. Head Walton was a licensed real estate agent, and worked as a flight attendant for TWA, a trainer for St. Louis Community College, and an instructor at Alabama State University. She was the former director of the Grace Hill Women’s Business Center in St. Louis, and was president of the Sisters Network, an African-American breast cancer organization in Portland, Ore. She was on the board of the Center for Women in Policy and Politics in Portland, Oregon, comprised some a select group of influential and effective females. In addition, she was a registered lobbyist representing large corporations, government agencies as well as Roy Jay’s business and community interest.

Ms. Head Walton was born May 19, 1954, at St. Louis County Hospital in Clayton, to John W. and Delores Head. Her father, John, preceded her in death. She was the fifth of their eight children.She was a graduate of Kinloch High School, Lincoln University and Lindenwood University, and she attended Washington University. She held a masters degree. She was a member of Coleman-Wright CME Church in St. Louis before moving and joining Highland Christian Center in Portland.

Celebration of life event will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday April 30, 2016 at Highland Christian Center located at 7600 NE Glisan Street. Her survivors include her husband, Roy Jay of Portland; her mother, Delores Head; her sons, Elbert Walton III of St. Louis and Capt. Johnathan Walton of the Army National Guard; and seven siblings, Evelyn Head, Joyce Martin, John Head, Charles Head and Sharon Gill, all of St. Louis County, Patricia Johnson of Texas, and Willie Head of Oregon.

In her loving memory, Roy Jay invites people to make contributions to Sisters Network to help educate other women about cancer. Mail contribution to Sisters Network – ORSWWA Chapter 3519 NE 15th Avenue #306 – Portland, OR 97212

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