Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua’s Big Break

Standard Digital November 29, 2013

Spokane graduate’s big breaks lead to large accomplishments

He grew up in Nairobi’s Kibera slums, living inside a Timber house. He dropped out of school in form two since his parents could not afford the fees. However, he was lucky as his pastor paid for his education. He later became Kenya’s first government spokesman and now has an ambitious dream for his county.
Dr. Alfred Mutua graduated from Whitworth University and attended Eastern Washington University. He was the editor of the Spokane African American Voice.

See video interview


What has Dr. Mutua’s big break lead to? He started by planting 5 acres of trees in Mahakos County, hiring local women to water them and donating property so the community could build a sub police station.

See what he is bringing to Machakos only 8 years later…..

A Mother’s Love: Nothing Is Greater


Delali Dogbe

For some today is Mothers Day. For some today is graduation. For Delali Dogbe it is Mothers Day. For her son Kelvin Garner it is his graduation from Whitworth College. They celebrated this day together at the North Central Care Center.

Do you remember the Whitworth freshman from Ghana whose story appeared in the March 1, 2011 issue of the Whitworthian? Since June 6, 2009 Kelvin has been semi-comatose. His mother, who left Ghana immediately when she heard of his accident, has been by his side for nearly three years.

We will be continuing Kelvin’s story later this week. Watch for future posts.

Receiving Honorary Alumnus Certificate

Reading Beyond the Requirements

Dr. James Burnley in a recent article for students exhorted them to go beyond what they were presented in classes:  “…. go further and seek the truth about your history. Seeking such truth means that you will have to read beyond what you are required to read in most if not all of the degree programs you are seeking to attain.”

Burley discusses the work of Mamie & Kenneth Clark:

Full text of Dr. Burnley’s article:
Reading Beyond the Requirements or Learning to Love the Black Dolls



Gospel Explosion: Black History Month Celebration

February 10 7 pm Seeley G. Mudd Chapel: Join Whitworth students and Spokane-area choirs for this annual celebration of Black History Month. Contact Stephy Nobles-Beans 509.777.4568 or

March 8 7:30 pm Robinson Teaching Theater, Weyerhauser Hall: Great Decisions Lecture: Megan Hershey “Democratic Challenges and Change in Contemporary Africa”. Hershey won the Carlton T. Hodge Prize in African Studies and Fulbright Hays Research Abroad Grant for her work with NGOs addressing HIV/AIDS in Kenya.

Adilah Barnes at Whitworth – One Actor’s Journey

Cover of Adila Barnes' autobiography

Adilah Barnes performance in the one woman show I Am That I Am: Woman, Black at Whitworth University on October 26 was an evening of inspiring theater. The choice of women portrayed (from Sojourner Truth forward to Angela Davis and May Angelou), the interesting and meaningful selection of their words woven together with song in a dark theater was moving. As the excellent questions from students, faculty and community members revealed something of Ms. Barnes life and spirit and because some of her life path seemed to parallel my own I decided to buy her book so I could find out more.  We talked a little as she signed the book and indeed we had both been college students in the San Francisco Bay area in the late 60’s and early 70’s – that great time of change. . . . . .

But as I opened her book and read about her origins I realized we had even more in common – we are both from Oroville, California. . . . . (more)

Thanks to Adilah Barnes for sharing her life journey so unreservedly. It was heart warming to read the story of someone who set goals and didn’t let anything stop her from reaching them.  More information about her, including where you can buy her book, may be found at her website.
IMDB (The Internet Movie Database) pulls up some full episodes of TV series she was in if you search her name: