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Tubman's Centennial Rocked!!!

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This past weekend [March 8-10] celebrated the 100th year anniversary of the passing of Harriet Tubman.



aaduna elected to offer its contribution to the centennial festivities by premiering original poems inspired by Tubman, and written and read by Cyd Charisse Fulton at Thompson Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church in Auburn, NY on March 10th at 3 PM.  Tubman passed on March 10, 1913 and the public viewed her body a few days later starting at 3 PM at the original site of Thompson Memorial, Parker Street, Auburn, NY. 

 The Fulton reading attracted close to 100 people, followed by many more participants for the AME Zion Church's Commemorative Service at 5 PM.   Thanks to Lisa A. Brennan, aaduna's visual arts editor for her keen advice and ensuring that centennial weekend events and aaduna's contribution were documented.  We thank Cyd Charisse Fulton for bringing her poetic voice and insights to Auburn, NY.   We also thank members of the aaduna Board of Directors whose…

Back in the day! A Very Short, Real Story.

In 1977, with a year's sabbatical leave from the State University of New York at Stony Brook tucked in my briefcase, I decided to live in Toronto, Canada and resided at 77 Wellesley Street off of Yonge Street.  While in that city, I decided to start a greeting card company that would offer offbeat sayings versus the standard dribble that permeated greeting cards with the exception of a company called "Blue Mountain Arts."  I spent my mornings and evenings writing and editing, writing and deleting, writing and getting words and ideas to flow the way that I wanted. 

When I returned to the States, the strucure of the company was set up and verses copyrighted.  I eventually sought out and then depended on a graphic artist who never delivered.  Needless to say, I did not publish one card.  I still have the verses.  Interestingly, time has not necessarily eroded the impact of what I perceived to be the truth.  I had two or three card groupings/sections and I am sharing a card …