(August 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)
(August 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014)
This week for Writer’s Quote Wednesday 2015, I selected a quote by Helen Keller.
This week for Writer’s Quote Wednesday 2015, I selected a quote from the renowned Civil Rights Leader, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
This week, for Writers Quote Wednesday 2015, I selected a quote by Maya Angelou.
Once again, I send a huge thank you to SilverThreading for hosting Writers Quote Wednesday 2015.
This week in recognition of Black Music Month, I selected the words from a song written by the Father of Gospel Music, Thomas A. Dorsey.
In planning my mother’s funeral back in 1967, I chose to have “Precious Lord Take My Hand” as one of the musical selections. I am among many who have made the same choice.
This song was a favorite of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and he had requested the beloved and famous gospel singer, Miss Mahalia Jackson, to sing it at his funeral.
Years before Dr. King’s funeral, around 1959, I went to see the movie, “Imitation of Life.” Even as a 15-year-old, I ended up in tears when Miss Jackson began singing “Precious Lord Take My Hand” during one of the lead characters funeral.
When I hear this song it always brings back memories of sad times. Yet it is my favorite gospel song; and, I am still trying to process why.
To give you further insight on Mr. Dorsey’ s music and life, I share this YouTube video. It begins with and oral biography on Mr. Dorsey followed by Miss Yolanda Adams, one of today’s most famous Gospel performers, singing her rendition of “Precious Lord Take My Hand.”
Please click here for further biographical information on Mr. Dorsey.
I really, really love Black music and it has been in my life since early childhood. This month, I discovered that June is Black Music Month; and what a surprise to find out its been around since 1979. Upon learning this, I decided for the remaining Writers Quote Wednesday 2015 in June to share quotes from Black music legends.
Last week, I shared a quote by one of America’s leading jazz vocalist, Miss Billy Holiday.
My quote this week is from another legendary jazz singer, Miss Ella Fitzgerald.
Thank you Silver Threading for hosting this event. This week, I selected a quote by author, Sarah Ban Breathnach.
A close friend gifted me Breathnach’s book, “Simple Abundance” in the 1990s. This was during a period in my life when I was in the throes of dealing with a newly diagnosed condition of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Depressed and devastated about having to leave a career that I had devoted tireless hours to building; I wasn’t open to embracing her theory. Back then, I saw Breathnach and her book only as a popular read within my circle of friends.
Years later, I finally got it; and, since then, I read and re-read the essays in her book to remind myself how important it is to live simply and authentically. Today, It is my go-to inspirational uplift.
The opportunity to share a quote from authors who have inspired, uplifted, or enlightened me over my many years of living and reading is a beautiful thing. And, I am grateful to Silver Threading for hosting her weekly event.
This week, I selected a quote by Toni Morrison:
Toni Morrison is a well-known American novelist, editor, and professor. Even though her work typically focuses on Black women, she does not define her it as feminist.
Morrison first novel, “The Bluest Eye,” was published in 1970. There have been nine novels released since that time. She released her last novel, “Home,” in 2012. But, in 2015, a new novel, “God Help The Child,” will publish in 2015. Her best known novels were:
For Beloved she received the: Pulitzer Prize (1988); American Book Award (1988) and Nobel Prize in 1993.
Morrison, also, shared her gift of writing through:
Born in 1931, Morrison celebrated her 84th Birthday on February 18.
Thank you to Silver Threading for hosting this event.
I selected Langston Hughes for this week’s writer’s quote:
Born on February 1, 1902, Hughes first poem, “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” published in 1921; and, his last poem, “Panther and the Lash,” posthumously published in 1967.
For over four decades, Hughes’ portrayed the life of Blacks in America through:
One of my favorite poems is “I Dream A World.”
I dream a world where man
No other man will scorn,
Where love will bless the earth
And peace its paths adorn
I dream a world where all
Will know sweet freedom’s way,
Where greed no longer saps the soul
Nor avarice blights our day.
A world I dream where black or white,
Whatever race you be,
Will share the bounties of the earth
And every man is free
Where wretchedness will hang its head
And joy, like a pearl,
Attends the needs of all mankind
Of such I dream, my world.
I continue to dream that one day, despite our gender, ethnic, religious and cultural differences, we all will live together in peace, joy and happiness.
Thank you to Silver Threading for hosting this weekly event.
My Writer’s Quote this week is one by Gwendolyn Brooke:
“What I’m fighting for now in my work … for an expression relevant to all manner of blacks, poems I could take into a tavern, into the streets, into the halls of a housing project.”
The first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize in 1950, Brooke published her first book of poetry in 1945.
Her awards and recognitions are many including a 1962 invitation from President John F. Kennedy to read at a poetry festival being held at the Library of Congress.
Though ten years younger and we never met; I grew up in Chicago, we lived in the same neighborhood, and we attended the same school (Englewood).
Yet, I didn’t connect with this distinguished, gifted and talented writer until 1970 as a college freshman.
Sadly, in the 1950s, the Chicago Public School System did not include the literary works of Gwendolyn Brooke in their curriculum. At least, on the South Side of Chicago where I grew up.
Gwendolyn Brooke died on December 3, 2000 at the age of 83. The gift of her poetic words remain for us to share and reflect upon for generations to come.
Shared Decision Concept in Your Healthcare
Lessons on Lessons
Sometimes There Are Rainbows After Rain
Aromatherapy and life
Natalie. Writer. Photographer. Etc.
Life Lessons on the Importance of Slow
Living the Path of Life
What I See
A place of Love and Security
Working towards global equity and equality
Reflections of a running, writing, inquiring retiree ...
Chicago's Very Own source for breaking news, weather, sports and entertainment.
The Good Things Black People Do, Give and Receive All Over The World
BARE ALL: THE TRUTH IS BETTER NAKED.
A Typical Blog. A Typical Woman. A Typical Take On Life. With An Atypical Twist!
creating a life that fits like skin
There are 11,507 stories in Haddonfield; this is one of them.
You are a miracle - Let it happen
Kyrosmagica Publishing - The Magical Home of Books, Writing, Photography and Inspiration
Let me tell you Justine's story
And so it goes...
An insight to a heart mind and soul.
Self Love Enthusiast. Dating Inquisitive. Lover of All Things Positive.
journal prompts, memoir, art, poetry for the verbose and the introverted
This WordPress.com site is great for bloggers and readers.
"Everyone needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to the soul" -John Muir
Amateur photography by a professional Physical Therapist!
Living Life. Paying Attention.
CLICK HERE TO SEE CURRENT POSTINGS!!
By Lucile de Godoy
Emotive Toy Photographer
"Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better" ~Albert Einstein
Quips & Commentaries in Prose and Poetry
Home of Lukas Kondraciuk Photography
Art and Practice
A place for words to chill...
Photography and Handcrafts by SueBee
Reports from my somewhat unusual life
I am a lover of perseverance. I am folklore. I am consistency and contradiction.
Using current technology to create 19th Century crafts
Threads of My Life
A journey into creativity