Community activist Melinease Hutchinson honored with Exemplar Award

April 14, 2014

  When Melinease Hutchinson received the Hampton Roads Gazetti Exemplar Award for outstanding community service on March 2, the only question her friends and family needed to ask was: “What took them so long?” Before Beyonce was independent, and Gloria Steinem gave birth to feminism, there was Melinease Hutchinson on the front line of community activism. “I was ahead of my time,” she boasted, an obvious smile in her voice. …