I haven't been to this blogger site in over four years. I'm 61 now, not 57! Anyway, I got an e-mail from my nephew, Patrick, you know who you are! Please write me at: firstname.lastname@example.org and I will answer you! How did you find me on this site anyway?? Love and GOD bless you. I hope and pray that all is well with you in Wisconson?? 'Bye for now. Aunt Pamela Daniels (Goodwin) hehe.
For 200 years of black Americana , it's moving week!
The major collection amassed by the late Mayme Clayton will go from a backyard structure to a cultural center.
By Tony Barboza Times Staff Writer
February 13, 2007
Movers, friends and family members wore latex gloves and hoped for no rain Monday as they packed up the lifelong project of Mayme Clayton, a librarian who had amassed one of the country's largest collections of black Americana .
Clayton died in October at age 83, leaving behind hundreds of thousands of pieces of African American culture — rare books, letters, posters and films — in a cramped, shed-like storage building in the backyard of her West Adams home.
Many of her items date from before the Civil War, and experts consider her collection one of the most significant of its kind in the country.
Avery Clayton, one of Mayme's three sons, has spearheaded the effort to move the collection to a more secure location before it is destroyed by water, humidity or bug infestation.
The collection's new home is a former courthouse in Culver City . With its 23,000 square feet, the building is a major upgrade in space. And the price is right too: The city is subleasing the space to Clayton's nonprofit group, the Western States Black Research and Education Center , for $1 a year. Officials hope that the site, to be called the Mayme A. Clayton Library and Cultural Center , will add to the cultural and artistic tapestry of the area, said Shelly Wolfberg, the city's intergovernmental relations officer.
Avery Clayton said he never considered giving the collection to a university because he didn't want it to become "a line item in the budget of another institution." Instead, he incorporated his own nonprofit, and hopes to open the Culver City site to the public by January. Eventually, he would like the collection to grow even more, making it a repository for items like those his mother collected.
"She had a really good eye," said Cynthia Hudley as she looked through old photographs and newspaper clippings. "She never stopped collecting."
Hudley has known the Claytons since she was a girl; she grew up watching Mayme's collection progress from a hobby to a formal undertaking. Now she is vice president of the nonprofit that will oversee the collection.
Avery Clayton raised $40,000 to fund the move, which is being done by movers who specialize in handling documents. Monday was the first day of the transfer, which is expected to take four or five days.
But much of the work will be done after the move, Avery Clayton said; it will take a full-time archivist years to sift through the documents and organize them.
"Her part was to assemble the collection," he said. "I really believe my part is to bring it to the world."
The collection is eclectic, but especially strong in Harlem Renaissance and Civil War-era books and documents. Its crown jewel is a signed copy of the first book published by an African American, ex-slave Phillis Wheatley's "Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral," written in 1773.
The collection also includes thousands of first-edition books; original records, musical scores and films; period photos of black leaders and entertainers; and books written by blacks before slavery was abolished.
"There is no other collection of the history and culture of African Americans of this magnitude and depth in the Western U.S.," said Sara Hodson, curator of literary manuscripts for the Huntington Library in San Marino . "A lot of it is material that might not have been preserved if Mayme Clayton had not gone after it, as single-minded and devoted as she was."
Hodson is planning a joint exhibition for 2009 that will include materials from Clayton's collection.
Early Monday, the two-room storage building was stacked to the ceiling with a hodgepodge of papers, books and posters. But as a handful of people carefully sorted through the items and placed them in cardboard boxes, that began to change.
"I have not seen this room like this in a long time," Avery Clayton said. "You can actually turn around."
Julie Page, co-coordinator of the California Preservation Program of the California State Library, who helped with the move, said she was anxious to get the precious historical documents out of harm's way. A bad rainstorm, a leaky roof or a fire could destroy irreplaceable documents, she said.
The rare books in the collection will be boxed, bagged and put in freezers for more than a week, a common practice to kill paper-eating silverfish and other insects.
Avery Clayton said that his mother, who traveled the country playing in golf tournaments, would take advantage of her trips to "comb the bookstores" in search of rare books and manuscripts. If she heard that a black newspaper was going out of business, the first thing she would do was buy its photo collection. Weekend after weekend, for more than four decades, she added to the collection behind her house.
Avery Clayton sees particular value in 19th century documents written by slaves and former slaves at a time when some of the first theories on self-improvement in the African American community were appearing.
"Most African American history is hidden," he said. "Information just sort of died on the vine. What's exciting about this is that we're going to bring it back and show that black culture is rich and varied."
Culver City officials said they were eager to put an empty building to use for a cultural institution and hoped that the future museum would draw anyone in the Los Angeles area who is interested in learning about African American culture.
Thumbing through files of photos in the Clayton backyard, Hudley found a 1926 photo of a sixth-grade class at East Galena School in Kansas . In the photo, off to one side stands the only black girl in a class of more than 20. Next to her, a white boy leans away, arms crossed.
"Look at that body language," she said.
Avery Clayton said that he can only speculate why his mother collected the photo and what meaning she found in it. But he hopes that it, and the many other items she collected, will spawn future research projects: "Yeah, there's a story there."
Hello Blog friends, It's been a long time since I've been to this site. Why? There were so many reasons, first off being that I got bored with this site. Yep, that was the main reason, I abdicated my position and moved on. I moved on to #1. http://www.MySpace.com and had a lot of fun and some great friends were made on that site. If you haven't already been there you should go and start posting blogs there also, there are millions of people on there, and I truly mean it when I say that they are from all over the world! #2. I went to http://www.blackplanet.com and had lots of responses there also. That site was more like a dating site, which is one thing I didn't want to be bothered with, so even if I did get alot of hits on my profile page, I usually ended up telling them that I wasn't interested in "going out" or meeting anyone for any romantic evenings! Still if that is what you're looking for, and you're into Black men/women, that is definitely THE PLACE, to go! I have a couple of pen-pals there, who are just looking for someone to "talk" to as they can't get out much anymore, and are lonely. That's the type of thing that I was in the market for anyhow, myself. You gotta be careful though, 'cause it is a totally adult site, and there are some blatantly sexual beings on that site who don't mind showing all their wares! I just blushed and deleted those jokers without responding to them at all. Whatever floats their boat! I personally would sink them if I ran the site, but that's just me. One day, recently, I got to wondering if I still could come here and if my blog would still be waiting for me to take it up again. I still don't sleep much at night, so here I am at 3:59 a.m., tired of playing the games at: http://www.neopets.com after like three hours!!, and I said to myself, well before I go to bed, let me check up on ole Blogger! It's still here! Okay, now I've done advertisements for some other cool sites, oh yeah and one more, this is where I go to check up on things like U.F.O. conspiracies, Government conspiracies, Mormon conspiricies, and just generally funny videos that people tell me I should go and watch. It's: http://www.youtube.com that one is so much fun, I don't go searching around though, 'cause I don't want to see anything that might give me a heart attack, or worse, you know? Usually the links that friends from other sites are entertaining enough to keep me laughing, or curious, or informed for days! Oh well, I guess I'll call it a day, it's after 4:00 am now, and after all, I'm getting closer and closer to 60 years old, I do need a bit of beauty sleep. I'll be up and raring to go, (not out anywhere, just back on this computer) in a few short hours, depending on how quickly my medication to help me sleep works. I still have all the same maladies I had back when I started this blog, and a few more that I've been through, like breast cancer operations, (two, in fact). So, I'm not even doing as much as I was back then, 2005 and the beginning of 2006. I'm still praising GOD for letting me get this far, and as far as HE'LL take me will be a great pleasure for me, pain or no pain, I'm alive, and that is the operative word, "ALIVE"!!! I've got all my children still with me, and a brand new grandson named Skyler, that I call "SkyKing"! He's the cutest big bundle of joy!! Only 7 months old right now and he must weigh close to 30 lbs! I can't hardly lift him, he is so solid!! He's my son and daughter-in-law's first child, and I hope that there will be many more!! So, SkyKing makes six grandchildren for me altogether, you may remember I have a granddaughter that just turned 17, and is getting ready to graduate high school. Her younger twin brothers are just over 11 years old, and the baby twins, boy and girl, were eight in December! So, my life is full and blessed!! Amen. Glory to GOD in the highest, and I'm praying for peace to all of us still here on earth. Amen.
A young man was getting ready to graduate from college. For many months he had admired a beautiful sports car in a dealer's showroom, and knowing his father could well afford it, he told him that was all he wanted.
As Graduation Day approached, the young man awaited signs that his father had purchased the car. Finally, on the morning of his graduation, his father called him into his private study. His father told him how proud he was to have such a fine son, and told him how much he loved him.
He handed his son a beautifully wrapped gift box. Curious, but somewhat disappointed, the young man opened the box and found a lovely, leather-bound Bible, with the young man's name embossed in gold. Angrily, he raised his voice to his father and said, "With all your money you give me a Bible?" and stormed out of the house, leaving the Bible.
Many years passed and the young man was very successful in business. He had a beautiful home and wonderful family, but realized his father was very old, and thought perhaps he should go to him. He had not seen him since that graduation day.
Before he could make arrangements, he received a telegram telling him his father had passed away, and willed all of his possessions to his son. He needed to come home immediately and take care of things. When he arrived at his father's house, sudden sadness and regret filled his heart.
He began to search through his father's important papers and saw the still new Bible, just as he had left it years ago. With tears, he opened the Bible and began to turn the pages. His father had carefully underlined a verse, Matt 7:11, "And if ye, being evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more shall your Heavenly father which is in heaven, give to those who ask Him?"
As he read those words, a car key dropped from the back of the Bible. It had a tag with the dealer's name, the same dealer who had the sports car he had desired. On the tag was the date of his graduation, and the words...PAID IN FULL.
How many times do we miss God's blessings because they are not packaged as we expected? I trust you enjoyed this. Pass it on to others. Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; but remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for...
IF YOUR GIFT IS NOT PACKED THE WAY YOU WANT IT, IT'S BECAUSE IT IS BETTER PACKED THAT WAY! ALWAYS APPRECIATE LITTLE THINGS; THEY USUALLY LEAD YOU TO ATTACHMENTS! PLS SEND THIS TO AT LEAST TWO PEOPLE SO AS TO LET THIS GREAT LESSON FLOW AROUND.
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This is important information for females of ALL ages. Guys - please forward to the female members of your family and all your female friends and associates.
Don't think this might never happen to you! Rapist choose women of all ages, sizes, and ethnicities. Keep this in mind.
A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:
1) The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle.They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed . They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.
2) The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look forwomen whose clothing is easy to remove quickly Many of them carry scissors around specifically to cut clothing.
3) They also look for women on their cell phone , searching through their purse or doing other activities while walking because they are off guard and can be easily overpowered.
4) Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between 5: 00a.m. and 8:30a.m.
5) The number one place women are abducted from/attacked is grocery store parking lots. Number two is office parking lots/garages. Number three is public restrooms.
6) The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to another location where they don't have to worry about getting caught.
7) Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year sentence but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.
8) If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn't worth it because it will be time-consuming.
9) These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas, or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands.Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you're not worth it.
10) Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk: "I can't believe it is so cold out here", "we're in for a bad winter" Now you've seen their face and could identify them in a line-up; you lose appeal as a target.
11) If someone is coming toward you , hold out your hands in front of you and yell STOP or STAY BACK ! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they'd leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.
12) If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes,)! yell "I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY" and holding it out will be a deterrent.
13) If someone grabs you , you can't beat them with strength but you can by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm (between the elbow and armpit)!
OR in the upper inner thigh VERY VERY HARD ..
One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands - the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it; it hurts.
14) After the initial hit, always GO for the GROIN I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy's parts it is extremely painful. You might think that you'll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble, and he's out of there.
15) When the guy puts his hands up to you , grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible . The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.
16) Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don't dismiss it, go with your instincts!!!You may feel a little silly at the time, but you'd feel much worse if the guy really was trouble.
...PLEASE READ THEN FORWARD THIS TO EVERY WOMAN YOU KNOW, IT'S SIMPLE STUFF BUT IT COULD SAVE HER LIFE!!!
"IF YOU CAN'T FEED 'EM, DON'T BREED 'EM!" ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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