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REMEMBERING CAMILLA WILLIAMS (LYRIC SOPRANO) & Many Others

America has been enriched by the indomitable spirit, resilience and hard work of so many of its black citizens.  Yes, we are aware that America has been enriched by all of its citizens; however, not all of America's citizens lived - no, existed under the same circumstances. During the month of February-- and throughout the year—OneWorld Progressive Institute strives to hold up for special recognition a few of these black people who triumphed against great odds.  We can never do justice to all, but we try to pay homage to as many as we can.  Please join us by reading about them and sharing the information with your children and grandchildren.  Please visit our blog site linked below.

In this comprehensive Black History Month blog post we also honor William Still, Dorothy Dandridge, Claude McKay, Marcus Garvey, Bessie Smith, Alberta Hunter, Alex Haley, Lydia Maria Child, Michael Manley, Hattie McDaniel, Etta James, James Farmer, Medgar Evers, Toni Morrison, Harry Belafonte, James Baldwin, Maya Angelou  and  Ralph Ellison (author of Invisible Man),  Sidney Poitier, Langston Hughes,  Malcolm (Little) X, and the thousands who bravely paved the way to some of the “freedoms” we enjoy today, including academic freedoms.  Camilla Williams has been one of the most indomitable; yet, to today's generations and many others, she has also been mostly invisible.  That brings us to a few key questions:

  •    How do we select our heroes and heroines?  Who decides? 
  •   What are the criteria on which selections are made? 
  •   How have these people enriched our lives? Can we really count the ways?
  •   How can we recognize their accomplishments while they are with us?
  •   Is any of this important? What messages do we want to deliver to our children?
  •   It is for the education of our children; they need to know that the fields of   accomplishments have been traversed by many more than the few who have been selected to be recognized. 
  • They need to know that they too can achieve and that their achievements will be no less important than those achievements that are recognized. 

This link http://youtu.be/PExR7r1KrM8  takes you to a 10:23 YouTube video performance by Ms. Williams; she lived from Oct. 18, 1919 to January 29, 2012.  See link below.  Please read the complete post on our OneWorld blog site; this specific post is linked below.

http://oneworldpi.org/blog/archives/613

Please browse OneWorld's informative web site at: http://www.oneworldpi.org/    Our YouTube Channel is at:  https://www.youtube.com/user/oneworldpi/videos - OneWorld’s YouTube

Also see us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/OneWorld-Progressive-Institute-Inc/151551484879941

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