Sunday, June 20, 2010
Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States, so it was very fitting that our reunion and the honoring of three very special people from Antioch was on this day. They were presented with the Walter F. Anderson Award for promoting diversity and breaking barriers. All three were very active in the Civil Rights Movement.
Two of the honorees were good friends of ours, who although they received their awards posthumously, we could definitely feel their presence with us on this day.
Bill Chappelle was a fantastic singer and taught at Antioch as a singing instructor. He sang at our wedding and also was a voice coach for my youngest son who was very involved with theater. While Bill never claimed the same kind of fame as his son, Dave Chappelle, he should have received more recognition for his tireless work in community organizing. He founded and served on the Yellow Springs Human Relations Commission, co-founded H.U.M.A.N (Help Make Us a Nation) with our friend Jim Dunn, and founded the African American Cultural Works, in addition to working with civil rights on a more national level.
Bill's wife, Joan, accepted the award and
son, Dave, spoke eloquently about his father.
Jim Dunn was THE sociology professor to have at Antioch. He was also very active in the Civil Rights Movement, mobilizing support for elected officials in Mississippi, and taking his Racism and Discrimination class to NC to protest the killing of factory workers by the Ku Klux Klan and the American Nazi Party. His work to undo structural racism continues to this day through his wife, Diana.
Mike and Jewel Graham, the other go-to sociology professor were on the panel to commemorate Jim's work, as were
Jim's wife, Diana, and our friend, Kenny, who came in from PA to join the celebration.
Diana was very eloquent about the continued need to overcome racism. She is still hard at work presenting workshops internationally through The People's Institute For Survival and Beyond.
I never had the opportunity to meet Edythe Scott Bagley, the other recipient of the Walter F. Anderson Award. Edythe was the first African American student to attend Antioch College in 'recent' history. She attended in the mid 1940's, followed soon after by her younger sister, Coretta Scott who later married Martin Luther King. She was also a key facilitator in the Civil Right's Movement.
Edythe Scott Bagley is now 85 years old. She was unable to attend the celebration, but her son, Arturo, accepted her award on her behalf.
Walter Anderson is no longer living, but his daughter was able to enjoy the award ceremony.
Athena, a sweet friend and co-alum, organized the event.
It was a beautiful event on a gorgeous day. What a perfect way to celebrate Juneteenth!
“Be afraid to die until you have won some small victory for humanity.”
When you pray, move your feet.
“None of us is free if one of us is chained, none of us is free.”
“To do good, you actually have to DO something.”
“Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
- Nelson Mandela
Thursday, June 17, 2010
Where I live, out in the country, would be beautiful bike riding, but it is too dangerous. Cars whip along the country roads and there are no curbs, just ditches. I tried a few years ago to keep a bicycle in the storage shed at school so I could have a bike to ride while I was in town, but it got stolen. As a result, I have done without a bike for quite a few years.
Yesterday a friend was telling me about folding bikes, so I spent the day researching them. There were several that looked like 'the perfect bike', but were way out of my price range. This one is a little pricy, but I really like it. It is a Citizen Barcelona.
The reviews say it folds up and unfolds easily, and it weighs 30 lbs.
The negative reviews were about the suspension. I don't plan any hard riding, but I did go ahead and order the gel seat with suspension. I prefer the gel seats anyway - much easier on the tush.
And for shopping at the farmer's market or carrying a snack and water bottle, as well as for cuteness factor, I ordered a basket for the handlebars. I think it will add a nice Elmira Gulch touch, LOL!
I can just fold this baby up and keep her in my trunk, or I can put her in my camper when we go camping. We have great bike trails around here, so I am looking forward to going on trail rides as well as around town.
I'll let you know how well I like it when it gets here. I am really excited to being able bike again.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
There is always the silver lining. In the thick of sadness, I am enjoying having my niece and nephew visiting from South Carolina. I never get to see them as often as I would like. My niece, Kory, used to stay with us for extended visits and we had great adventures together. Now she is at college, studying to become a teacher. How wonderful is that?!
Kevin is enough younger than Kory that we did not get as much alone time with him. My BIL and SIL moved to Georgia, so the commute was much farther. We are glad to spend any time with him that we get to. Where Kory has always been an extrovert, Kevin has been the quiet one. He is a musician, playing the piano and clarinet.
Kevin recently started to learn to play the guitar. He is named for his uncle Kevin, who drowned when he (MIke's brother) was only 19 years old. Mike had been the keeper of Kevin's guitar until Kevin was 16. Now Kevin has his uncle's guitar and is learning to play it.
Kevin had fun learning how to drive Mike's backhoe on this trip.
Tomorrow we will all be going to Glenna's funeral. There will be many family members there to pay their respects, church members, and community members, all who loved her and who she loved back. It will be good to gather to share tears, but also good memories and laughter. She has had a big life to celebrate, and would love this gathering in her honor.
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