Today we would say "1970 was a game changer for me." In reality, my world changed. I moved from the safety of my grandmother's back yard and my segregated school into a world where I had to talk to people who didn't look like me. I put my feelings to paper about "The Impact of School Integration on Black Students" and won a much needed college book scholarship for my freshman year.
A few years ago someone spoke the words "Rite of Passage" to me and off I went into a world of possibilities about what I had heard and what I know.
What a blessing it is when someone sees in you what you don't see in yourself. A friend literately badgered me into applying for the Florida Humanities Council's "Road Scholar's" program portraying Dr. Bethune. Now a legend guides me with her words and "Through Me She Lives".
Through it all, what is my foundation for joy is my beloved "Rhythm Memory."
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These writings would be great for our members to read Ersula. I hope you can post them from time to time. And, when someone wants to get them all I assume you have a way for them to find that too right? This is what I love most about Legacy Stories. Learning about life as an African American girl, a Puerto Rican family, a Mormon, Jew or Hindu, all of these things broaden our perspectives and respect for one another. Thank you for your contribution to the archive!!
Such writing is an exemplar of why people should put the experiences of their life on paper. I intend to read your e-book Ursula because I cannot even begin to imagine the challenges you faced. For better or worse, in terms of making me who I am, I grew up in a completely "Lily White" small town in KS. Not only "White Only," but also completely "Non-Ethnic." Everyone I knew until I went to college was Caucasian and "mongrelized" Americans. Race and Ethnic background were totally foreign to me. So even at my age I am sure I have much to learn from you. Thanks.
Thank you. There is a link to the ebook included. I can totally relate from the opposite viewpoint. I grew up in a community surrounded by fields and then woods. Rode a bus for an hour to school.
I have just these kinds of conversations on my radio show every Sunday at five onhttp://www.kepxradio.com call Princess Memories. Will probably prerecord Mother's show which gives me an extended opportunity to talk about Legacy Stories. I just love talking to people who have different experiences than I do. I will send my phone number to you. Maybe you can be a guest.
I second Tom's suggestion that you share some of your writings from time to time because I'm sure we can all learn from them.