Black Business Month

Press Release – August 8, 2023
NAACP Holds Ribbon Cutting for Slayed Hair and Beauty Bar
Charles Town, WV — On Tuesday, August 8, the Jefferson County, WV Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for Slayed Hair and Beauty Bar. The ribbon cutting was held at the salon, located at 303 W. Washington St. Charles Town WV, 25414 at 12PM. During the ribbon cutting attendees had the opportunity to learn about the business and celebrate its opening.

“Slayed Hair and Beauty Bar was created with a deep desire to build a multi-generation business. The salon offers workshops and training programs to aspiring hairstylists, providing them with the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in the industry,” said salon owner Walayee Ishway.

Slayed Hair and Beauty Bar opened its Martinsburg, WV location in 2018 and celebrated the opening of its second location in Charles Town, WV during the ribbon cutting. Ishway said “they strive to create a positive impact and empower individuals of all backgrounds, ensuring that everyone feels seen, heard, and valued. The salon has been a proud supporter of
the Jefferson County NAACP block party for kids and provides free hair braiding and hair cuts at the event.”

August is Black Business Month, it is a time to recognize Black-owned businesses across the nation, including Jefferson County, WV. This year the Jefferson County, WV Chapter of the NAACP will offer free ribbon cuttings to local Black-owned businesses throughout the month of August.
These ribbon cuttings will honor the progress Black Americans have made economically and pay reverence to those who dared to pursue business ownership in the past in spite of oppressive and life threatening obstacles.

To sign up for a free ribbon cutting contact Cherish McMillan at
Learn more about the salon at

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Drive Out Injustice & Gather for Unity

The unjust deaths and other injustices against black Americans, the strife in our cities, and the division and disunity in our nation hurts all of us. This must jolt us into real action that seeks justice and a spirit of unity in the community. This Jefferson County NAACP event involves:

A peaceful gathering starting at 3:00PM in the 100 block of North George Street (at its intersection with Washington Street, beside the County Courthouse)

o Bring signs/posters calling for justice, remembering the oppressed & calling for unity
o Statements from NAACP, community, civic and law enforcement leaders
o At Jefferson County Courthouse, participants will have the option to take a knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds of respectful silence, prayer and remembrance of
the sufferings of George Floyd and all others impacted by racism and civil strife
o Organizers will distribute small placards with a “Prayer & Plea for a United Community” as well as a document asking citizens to take further action for justice
& unity:

Important Details:
o All participants please wear a mask & practice proper social distancing during this time of pandemic. Free masks will be provided for those who need one.
o If you need a chair to get through this hour-long gathering, please bring one.
o Free parking available at Municipal Lot at 200 W. Liberty Street, with overflow parking areas designated on the 100 and 200 blocks of East Liberty Street, as
well as on-street parking downtown.
o The Charles Town Police Department leadership and officers are joined in this peaceful event as participants, they are coordinating traffic control and public
safety, and all people should treat law enforcement with dignity and respect as we use this event to foster further dialogue & progress. Other Jefferson County
law enforcement leadership have been invited and are expected to participate.

Drive Out Injustice & Gather for Unity2020-06-04T02:51:05-04:00
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