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THE ROANOKE TIMES: Witness for Peace activist recognized with human rights award

March 13th, 2011

By Jane Carr

Phyllis T. Albritton received the Human Rights Award from Blacksburg Church Women United on March 5 for her years of devoted service in the cause of human rights.

A member of the Montgomery County School Board, she has great compassion for all people and works in many ways for the human rights of those who are marginalized.

She pours great energy into her passions, which include, among other causes: civil liberties for minorities; availability of education, food, water, and homes for all; and prevention of violence in schools.

She has been active in PTAs of primary and secondary schools and on the Virginia Congress of PTAs as a board member, Southwest Regional vice president, and New River District director.

She has been a member of the At-Risk Task Force and the Task Force Against Drunk Driving for Montgomery County Public Schools.

She was a founder of the Boys and Girls Clubs of New River Valley in 1999 and board member through 2007. She was likewise a founder of the Valley Interfaith Childcare Center for children of low-income families in 2003 and a board member through 2007.

As a member of Charlottesville, Virginia's Community Action Board from 1963 through 1968, she started a Headstart school.

At the same time, she organized a preschool program for children of low-income families that could not afford private kindergarten.

In 1962, she organized an after-school tutorial for under-achieving elementary school students in Webster Groves, Mo.

Albritton was on a committee that tried for many years to locate housing for people re-entering society after serving time in jail. She is a member of the League of Women Voters and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

She has traveled with Witness for Peace to Nicaragua, has been on its board of directors and has served as the Virginia Coordinator.

She has also traveled to Blacksburg's Sister City, San José de Bocay, Nicaragua, with the "Green Empowerment" project and to Guatemala and El Salvador with the "Trees, Water and People" project.

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