I always love Martin Luther King’s day.
It gives me what feels like a special opportunity to get re-acquainted with or newly connected to new and valuable people, places and things.
The link below to an amazing interview with and story about Alice Walker is one of these truly special moments that I want to share with you today.
Alice Walker wrote The Colour Purple among a myriad of other great things.
Video: Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth. Full Film | Watch American Masters Online | PBS Video.
Please take a moment to sit back and enjoy.
?Though we have encountered our share of grief and troubles on this earth, we can still hold the line of beauty, form, and beat. No small accomplishment in a world as challenging as this one.”
? from the preface
I was born to grow,
alongside my garden of plants,
So writes Alice Walker in this new book of poems, poems composed over the course of one year in response to joy and sorrow both personal and global: the death of loved ones, war, the deliciousness of love, environmental devastation, the sorrow of rejection, greed, poverty, and the sweetness of home. The poems embrace our connections while celebrating the joy of individuality, the power we each share to express our truest, deepest selves. Beloved for her ability to speak her own truth in ways that speak for and about countless others, she demonstrates that we are stronger than our circumstances. As she confronts personal and collective challenges, her words dance, sing, and heal.
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“Raise your words, not your voice. It
is rain that grows flowers, not
(*also known as Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī)
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OUTSIDE THE MARGINS: Abstract Works at Essie Green Galleries
Essie Green Galleries will exhibit abstracts by African American artists featuring Charles Alston, Alma Thomas, Sam Gilliam and others, October 25th continuing to November 22nd, 2014.
This year’s performance will feature stage direction from Alfred Preisser writer, director and producer of theatre. He has directed/produced over fifty professional shows in New York, regionally and Europe. Choreography from Tracy Jack actor, dancer, director and renowned choreographer and musical direction from Jeffrey Bolding of the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Professional Guest Soloist and The Harlem Japanese Gospel Choir.
General Admission $25.00 ($26.87 w/service charge)
Seniors & Students: $15.00 with ID ($16.52 w/service charge)
Click here for more information and tickets.