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Faith Ringgold's "The Sunflowers Quilting Bee at Arles" and Madam C. J. Walker Between friendship links on Facebook and research on Ancestry.com (which I've decided is Facebook for the dearly departed), I've been able to make connections and conduct a level of intimate research for my new book about my great-grandmother, A'Lelia Walker, that I cou … Read More

via Madam Walker/A'Lelia Walker Family Archives

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So sad to learn of the passing of Rev. Peter Gomes. Always dignified, erudite, witty and wise. Sometimes wickedly, wryly hilarious. He was a man whose sense of decorum and decency never wavered. He became assistant minister at Harvard’s Memorial Church in 1970, the same year my class arrived in Cambridge, and so many of us developed a sense of kinship with him. His address to us at our last reunion perfectly captured our journey and was one of the highlights of the weekend.

Here is a sermon he delivered at Duke University

Although I never attended tea at his home, it was, as you can see from the video, a Cambridge tradition of much popularity.


May he rest in peace.

New York Times obituary 3-1-2011

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Black historians and black history lovers converged in Washington, DC on Saturday, February 26th for the 85th annual ;uncheon of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History, the organization founded by Carter G. Woodson–the father of black history–in 1915.

Lonnie Bunch, A'LeliaBundles, Tuliza Fleming and John Fleming at the ASALH luncheon in DC (2-26-2011)

 

  The luncheon always brings out the stars of black history!

We saw Lonnie Bunch (founding director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture), Tuliza Fleming (NMAAHC curator Apollo exhibit) , John Fleming (former ASALH president/executive producer America I AM), (more…)

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Black History Month has been brimming with living legends!

A'Lelia Bundles and Cheryl Brown Henderson of the Brown v. Board of Education family

This afternoon I had the good fortune to be invited to a luncheon hosted by my homegirl Janet Langhart Cohen in honor of Cheryl Brown Henderson, whose father, Reverend Oliver Brown, and sister Linda Brown, were the named plaintiffs in the landmark  Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case.  Today Cheryl is president of the Brown Foundation for Equity, Excellence and Research, a Topeka, Kansas organization that her website says “serves as a living tribute to the attorneys, community organizers and plaintiffs and builds upon their work to ensure equal opportunity for all people.”

We all are beneficiaries of the courage of her family, the other plaintiffs and the attorneys who argued the case.

(And why are we standing in front of a photo of General Ulysses S. Grant? The luncheon was in the Grant Suite of Washington, DC’s Willard Hotel.)

After seeing my Facebook post about Cheryl Henderson, my good friend and fellow journalist Jack White sent me a link to a 1987 Time magazine piece he’d written about the Brown family’s second challenge to segregated public schools in Topeka. Click here for the original article.

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