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A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on February 12, 2020, 11:48 PM »
For those that have read through this thread you’ll recall a write up about Lumpkin’s Jail.
It was in Richmond, Va and Robert Lumpkin was notorious in his cruelty to slaves.
One interesting part of that story was Lumpkin freed and married a slave.
I have been trying to find more information on that aspect of the write.
I finally found it!!!!

~~ Lumpkin bought a light-skinned slave girl named Mary at age twelve. She bore five children by him and at some time they married. He sent his even lighter-skinned daughters to fine schools; ensuring they got the best education available. All while he maintained a “whipping room” where slaves laid on the floor, bound at their ankles and wrists, and were beaten; sometimes until dead. I give Lumpkin no credit for his slave wife. He ran with a crew of other slavers who also married their slaves who bore them children. Before the Civil War ended, Lumpkin sent Mary and their children to Pennsylvania where they couldn’t be sold back into slavery to pay his debts. When Lumpkin died, she inherited his land which she ultimately sold to a Baptist minister, Nathaniel Colver, looking to establish an all-Black seminary. That site later became Virginia Union University.~~
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on February 11, 2020, 12:51 AM »
When white people tell us we should just get over it with regard to slavery, they are actually saying our history doesn’t matter.
We’re supposed to pretend none of that happened and none of that shaped what the country is today.
Of course they don’t avail themselves the knowledge of our history, in large part to intellectual laziness.
Studying our history takes effort and time.
When it happens, one has to do a lot of intellectual work to comprehend it.
Here’s what we’re supposed to just get over.
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on February 10, 2020, 12:51 AM »
Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Final Echoes
« Last post by Angel Of Incidence on February 08, 2020, 09:38 PM »
Where did I lose my way?
Didn't I see the lights flash?
Life just puts that twist on,
and you have to wake up!

There was one that struck
the cord of my soul.
Picked my wishes and tore
off my wings!
A whirlwind tempered with

No more feeling like a shadow
in a cloud.
She believed in me and opened
my eyes to see myself.
Actually called me a mystic!

Silly girl...
All this time I was looking for one.
She searches the stars at night
and says they watch over me.
What can I say?

When I look myself
All I see is her...
A-Friends Cafe / Re: Black History
« Last post by A-FRIEND on February 08, 2020, 08:31 PM »
WPS Equity and Inclusion

Dr. Sara Winifred Brown was born in 1868 in Winchester, VA.

Brown was a prominent African American teacher and doctor. She worked in disaster relief and gynecology. In 1910, she helped to found the group that would later become the National Association of University Women, and in 1924 was the first woman to serve as an alumni trustee of Howard University.

Brown attended Hampton University, then called Hampton Normal and Agriculture Institute, graduating with honors. She taught English in Washington, D.C., then took a leave of absence to attend Cornell University in 1894. At Cornell, she became interested in biology, graduating with a BS in biology in 1897. She returned to DC and taught biology. She then enrolled in Howard University, receiving her MD in 1904.

After receiving her MD from Howard, she entered medical practice. In 1908, Howard University hired her to lecture on gynecology, and she continued to practice medicine and teach high school biology. In 1910, she joined in the founding of the College Alumnae Club, which came to be called the National Association of College Women, and is now known as the National Association of University Women. During World War I, she was one of 50 women chosen by the Women's War Work Council to be part of the "Flying Squadron". In 1924, she was elected to the board of Howard University, the first woman to serve as an alumni trustee. In 1927, she joined a Red Cross relief effort to assist victims of severe flooding in Mississippi and Louisiana. In 1930, she joined a Gold Star Mothers pilgrimage to France.

The United States Department of Health and Human Services lists her as an African American Pioneer in Health Care. In the 1950s, her brother, Dr. John William Brown, donated $40,000 to Howard University, which renamed their Friendship Clinic to the Sara Winifred Brown Memorial Clinic. In 2010, as part of their Centennial celebration, the National Association of University Women planted a tree and placed a plaque to honor her founding efforts.
Today - Morning, Noon, and Night - across the miles and timezones / Re: Today
« Last post by A-FRIEND on February 06, 2020, 10:17 PM »
The newest register, fireguy, is actually a long term member who wanted to come back but forgot his password.
He was previously registered as cappy..
Welcome back cappy!!
Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: Last Flight
« Last post by Spurs And Stetson on February 05, 2020, 10:29 PM »
Thank you Marsha.
Iambic has been channeled thru me recently.
As you know, somethings just get written and you are merely the vessel.
I look back at my work over the years and wonder how the heck I wrote something.
If you have any ideas about the last line, an epiphany, light bulb, a successful consumption of Absinthe, let me know. :coffee
Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Re: Last Flight
« Last post by daisyxo on February 05, 2020, 06:25 PM »
I like this poem.  The rhythm gives it a "classic" feel ... 2nd verse is my favorite.  Interesting note and insight into your inspiration.
Genuine Alley Poetry and Prose / Last Flight
« Last post by Spurs And Stetson on February 03, 2020, 05:54 PM »

Said the maiden to the raven
"For every soul you've stole or taken
dwindles down the population of the Earth."

Said the raven to the maiden
"Had I spared the souls from Satan
No woman on the planet could give birth."

Shedding tears the maiden said
"All around me are the dead
A sea of vessels sailing nowhere in the wind."

"From the cradle to the grave
No one's spared and no ones saved
We start dying at the moment of our birth."

Replied the maiden to the raven
"For every soul you've sent to Heaven
They touch the face of God and slipped the bonds of Earth."

- February 3rd, 2020

*Note: The last line is a composite from from High Flight by By John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
(A sonnet written by John Gillespie Magee, an American pilot with the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Second World War. He came to Britain, flew in a Spitfire squadron, and was killed at the age of nineteen on 11 December 1941 during a training flight from the airfield near Scopwick.)
The first and last lines of the poem were used in Peggy Noonan's speech written for President Ronald Reagan's address to the nation on the loss of the space shuttle Challenger on January 28th, 1986.

I consider the last line a place holder until I figure out how to replace it with the same meter and meaning.
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