What a blessing it was to interview a person whose life has reached into three centuries! Mrs. Mamie Rearden allowed me to sit with her for a couple of hours over the weekend. Stately and picturesque at 5'10", she and her husband--now deceased--had 11 children and raised two others. She stands as the oldest person in South Carolina and could possibly stake more claims. 92-year old Mrs. Janie Ruth Harrison joined the conversation as well. I whittled their wealth of information and insight into a 10-minute video, though they offered much much more. You can see the video at:
I'd like to thank cultural anthropologist, poet extraordinaire, retired University of Tennessee professor and Morehouse brother Dr. Ira Harrison for assisting this effort. (Dr. Harrison, thank you for the fellowship afterwards.)
I will be presenting this week at Dillard University's Deep South Center for Environmental Justice second national symposium in New Orleans. I'd enjoy your presence during my session, HBCUs' Responses to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Two and a Half Years Later, on Thursday evening if you so happen to be in Nawlins. Visit the website for complete conference information at www dscej.org.
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Well, that's it. Hope you enjoyed Mother's Day. This video is a Mother's Day gift to you. If you think others could benefit from the sage advice of the elders, pass on the link to those in your network. Take care.
Peace and Great Health,
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