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Posted on: February 15, 2021

PRESS RELEASE (2-15-21): Benson Selects Joyce White as Black History Honoree

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PRESS RELEASE (2-15-21): 
BENSON SELECTS JOYCE WHITE AS BLACK HISTORY HONOREE
The more we learn about this year’s Black History honoree, the more impressed we become. She’s a pastor, a community organizer, and a leader to so many — both spiritually and through her various outreach organizations.
Joyce White has overcome many personal challenges in her own life to become not only an inspiration to those around her in the Benson community, but literally a helping hand and wellspring of sage advice to those searching for it.
“People call her everyday,” said Ivory Snead, the daughter-in-law of Ms. White.
“Whether it’s about food or maybe they just need someone to talk to — to guide them. She will listen to you,” she explained.
Pastoring New Life Deliverance Ministries, located on Main Street in downtown Benson, and running its community food outreach as well, Ms. White lives a life that is entirely dedicated to helping others.
Mrs. Snead also spoke of the sudden loss of both of Ms. White’s daughters, leaving her with grandchildren to raise as her own.
“She kept pressing forward and raised her grandkids,” said Mrs. Snead. “I don’t know if I would be able to handle that.”
It seems as if every aspect of Ms. White’s life holds an inspiring story and we can’t think of a better 2021
Benson Museum of Local History
Black History honoree!
In addition, Ms. White has been the proprietor of Tender Loving Daycare for more than 20 years. It’s a lot to do, said Mrs. Snead, but that’s just who Ms. White is — a natural born volunteer.
“If you’re cold, she will give you a cover. She’s just that kind of woman,” she continued. “She doesn’t do it for fame or attention. She has endured so much and she has never given up.”
VIDEO TO BE RELEASED
This year’s Black History celebration will be a bit different due to COVID-19. In lieu of an in-person event, the Museum will be creating a documentary-style video featuring Ms. White and those closest to her.
The video is set to release Sunday, February 28, 2021 at 2pm on the town’s Facebook page (
Town of Benson, NC
)

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