Local Pastor To Speak at VMI

The Rev. Reginald A. Early, president of the Rockbridge chapter of the NAACP, will speak at Virginia Military Institute Thursday, Feb. 13, at 8 p.m. in Gillis Theater in Marshall Hall.

Early’s appearance at VMI, which is in observance of Black History month, is sponsored by the Promaji Club, an organization dedicated to helping promote positive race relations among the Corps of Cadets. This event is free and open to the public.

A native of Portsmouth, the Early began his education at Our Lady of Victory Catholic School before going on to graduate from the historic I.C. Norcom High School.

He studied journalism at Norfolk State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in that field, and also a master of communications from that university. He went on to earn a master’s in theology from the Morehouse School of Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia.

During his years of full-time ministry, Early served churches in Portsmouth, Middleburg, and Hamilton. During his time in Northern Virginia, Early was president of the Loudoun County NAACP for 10 years. He was also a mentor at the Leesburg Juvenile Detention Center and a board member of Mobile Hope, which is a program designed to service homeless youth in Loudoun County.

Currently, Early is serving as a part-time pastor for the churches of the Shenandoah Charge, including Randolph Street United Methodist Church in Lexington, Asbury United Methodist Church in Brownsburg, and Community United Methodist Church in Staunton.

In 2017, Early was elected president of the Rockbridge County NAACP. Later that year, he was inducted into the Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) society, a national organization recognizing exceptional leadership, at Washington and Lee University. Early is also the president of the Community Anti-Racism Effort (CARE), the organization in charge of Lexington’s Martin Luther King Jr. parade each January. He serves on the board of directors for Project Horizon.

Early is also widely traveled. He has visited the Dominican Republic, Rome, Italy, Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, and most recently, Ghana, to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans at Jamestown.

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