Hometown Heroes 2013
On Feb 22 the Angel Museum of Beloit had the honor of recognizing six outstanding residents in conjunction with February being Black History Month.
Sallie Adams, a retired Beloit educator and member of the Angel Museum Board of Trustees, also serves as chairperson of the event. A former honoree, she says the highlighting of African Americans in the community is important for several reasons.
- For the city, “It can show the Beloit community the kind of resources it has.”
- For the honorees, “Being part of a minority the recognition isn’t always there for them.”
- And when people read or learn about the honorees — especially young people — it can provide incentive for them to continue on in school and perhaps to pursue higher education, Adams said.
- “People need to know they are appreciated for who they are and what they do.”
Below is a list of the honorees and some of their accomplishments.
•Carol Hendrix: A lifelong member of Emmanuel Baptist Church and a minister of music of 20 years. She also has worked with the jail ministry and more.
•Anita Roseanna Quince-Perteete: She was hired as the first female officer for the Beloit Police Department in 1980. She is the owner of Rose’s Soul Food and has owned other businesses.
•Dr. Kelly McGregory: She is a pediatrician with Advocate Good Shepherd in Racine, a medical doctor who practices osteopathic medicine providing treatment to the patient as a whole instead of just for specific illnesses or symptoms.
•Dr. Richard C. McGregory Jr.: He is a graduate of Beloit Turner High School, has a Ph.D. in economics and is the assistant vice chancellor for multicultural affairs and student success at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
•The Rev. Charles E. Jones: He is a veteran with numerous awards and is employed by the State of Wisconsin as a veteran’s employment representative and serves on the Rock County Job Center Management Team and Business Services Team. He also serves as the associate pastor at Bethel AME Church.
•Vicky Ivy: She graduated from South Beloit High School and earned a degree in cosmetology. She is the owner of Famous Hair & Nail Salon and Mrs. Vicki’s Famous Ribs in South Beloit.
Members of the public are invited to submit names of perspective honorees for future Hometown Heroes events to the Angel Museum. Six to eight individuals are recognized annually. Since 2003, including this year, 74 people will have been honored.