The National Association of the University of Women presented a DeRidder native with their Woman of the Year Award on March 18 at Mt. Canaan Baptist Church in DeRidder.
Dale Saffold graduated from George Washington Carver High School in 1968. She then attended McNeese State University when very few African Americans were afforded the opportunity.
Fondly referred to as Ms. Dale, she was a long time employee of the local Brookshire Brothers Grocery Store #50 where she retired after 29 years of service.
Her commitment has always been to family, friends, church and community. She has always been involved with Star Bethlehem Baptist Church in the neighborhood where she grew up, and was baptized as a child by Rev W. W. Batteries.
Saffold is a constant visitor to the local Nursing Homes, offering love and encouragement to patients, both black and white.
Her special interest lies in educating young people in black history and the importance of education and community service.
Saffold is involved in several organizations. Her work includes being the secretary of the NAACP, DeRidder Chapter, volunteering at the East Side Council on Aging for Senior Citizens, secretary to her 1968 Class Group and she was the Coordinator of the 2017 Beauregard Parish Training School/George Washington Carver High School Reunion. You can always find her front and center at the annual Martin Luther King Parade, stepping high and singing loud.
She is not afraid of getting involved and speaking the truth. She believes “right is right and wrong is wrong,” regardless of the circumstances.
Her motto is “let my faith, hard work, dedication and commitment speak for me. I am who I am.”
Saffold is a mother of two – Tiffany and Drapper, the grandmother of three – Deidra, Taylor and Dominique, and great grandmother of two – Reginald and Jaiden.