A reception to honor the public service of Margaret A. Pope will be held this evening (December 2) from 5:30 to 6:15 in the lobby at Hickory City Hall. Ms. Pope will retire from official public service, stepping down from the Board of Education for Hickory Public Schools. She has served on the board for the past eight years. The reception will include light refreshments and a performance by a string quartet from Hickory High School.
Following the public reception, the community is invited to stay for a meeting of the Hickory Public Schools Board of Education. That meeting will include special presentations from Mayor Hank Guess, Chief of Police Thurman Whisnant, H.P.S. Director of Communications Beverly Snowden, and chairman of the Board, Dr. Bryan Graham.
Raised in Ridgeview, Ms. Pope was one of the first two African-American women to graduate from Lenoir-Rhyne, where she earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Later, Ms. Pope earned her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Columbia University in New York City.
Ms. Pope is a community activist and volunteer who has served on a long list of community boards and organizations and has been recognized with a number of honors from the Hickory community.
Today’s reception and meeting are both open to the public.