Maggie's Anderson's inspiring and oddly controversial "Our Black Year" chronicles the year that she and her husband dedicated themselves to supporting Black-owned businesses whenever they could. Reading it reminded me of both the praise and encouragement, and the disapproval and vicious, hurtful blacklash that I received when my "In Black World" piece debuted on In Living Color years ago, and again, when I distributed my book Natural Woman / Natural Hair exclusively through Black and independent bookstores. It also reminded me how much one person, or in this case, one family can accomplish with love and determination. This is where the action is...
"I was thrived to have so many people in the show who I love and with whom I love to share a stage, and to have so many people come and support in other ways. It was overwhelming." Mid show, T'Keyah joined fellow St. Sabina choir alum Sharon Smith, to serenade the evenings honorees: Principal Helen Dumas and Pastor Michael Pfleger of The Faith Community of St. Sabina; Michele Traylor, Founder of CHARM Outreach and Mentoring Services; Delece Williams of Kidz Korna; Tio Hardimon, Ameena Mathews and Kobe Williams of Cure Violence; and Sax Preacher of Temple of Mercy. All were honored for addressing the violence in the city, particularly in the Englewood and Auburn/Gresham neighborhoods where T'Keyah was raised.
Patrons and well wishes came from all over the country. After the show, Pastor Pfleger looked on as Principal Dumas made the surprise announce that the school's new Fine Arts room will be named after the generous alum, citing how often Keymáh has returned to the school to speak to current students. In lieu of birthday presents, Keymáh asked for donations for St. Sabina Academy and the other charities being honored. Those who wish to do so, may still send a gift in her name to St. Sabina, 1210 W. 78th Place, Chicago, IL 60620.
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