In celebration of Juneteenth, the South Chandler Self Help Foundation Inc. will pay tribute
The Hon. Coy Payne was elected mayor of the
Before his election as mayor, Mr. Payne was the second African American elected to the city council in
Though retired from public service, he continues to be involved in several community organizations and as an officer in his church. With his wife, Willie, of 56 years, they have built a legacy of service in
A product of segregation and poverty, those obstacles and others were not high enough to keep him from becoming successful in his life endeavors. Coming to
In an interview with the Chandler Historical Society he noted, “When I finished high school I went to ASU for a semester. But times were hard for mother and dad, and they could not afford to send anybody to college.” However, a younger sister wanted to become a nurse. So the family, including Mr. Payne made sacrifices and concentrated on assisting her become a registered nurse-which she did. Later he obtained his college degree through the GI Bill.
“It was implanted in me in high school to become a community minded person, to make the community a better place for those who resided here including myself,” said Payne regarding his community work. Please join us as we celebrate the many contributions the Hon. Coy Payne has made as a civic leader, educator, administrator, husband and father.
“Juneteenth” celebrates what has grown to become the “fourth of July” for American Blacks. When the last slaves were freed in
SCSHF is a non-profit community organization that assists families or individuals develop self-reliance and spirituality while setting goals for success. The foundation provides social, cultural and health related activities that educate and empower a community. For tickets and sponsorship information call 480-593-9488 or 480-430-8946.