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FIVE STAR REVIEW- AFRICAN AMERICANS IN SANFORD

 
 African Americans of Sanford

Author(s): Valada Parker Parker Flewellyn, Sanford Historical Society

ISBN: 9780738567624

# of Pages: 128  Publisher: Arcadia Publishing

  We are the music-makers, and we are the dreamers of dreams.

We are the movers and shakers of the world forever, it seems.

Arthur O’ Shaughnessy British Poet (1844-1881)

 Not only is the sepia toned cover eye catching, but this selected photo from yesteryear exudes joy and appreciation! As we delved into the book: African Americans of Sanford, I fondly thought of the many photos I pored over with my Grand pop Ellsworth as he explained who was who! For a moment I was seated with Grand pop and Cousin Anna in Darnestown reminiscing about our beloved family and friends! Those worn photos entreated us a flood of precious memories that seemed to take us from here to there. These are precious moments I hold on to fondly. Reminiscing about family, love and life experiences keeps us connected and grounded. In our spirit we realize what matters.

Accomplished Storyteller, Author and Historian: Valada Parker Flewellyn has done an exemplary job gathering the many photos, researching family history and devoting precious time and energy in chronicling many of Stanford’s milestones. The contents of her work will have you exploring and wondering about those featured and where their zest for living originated. Inquiring minds want to know how they came to live in Florida and if they are alive, where are they now and how have their lives evolved? If you appreciate history, family photos and the memories connected to cherished loved ones, this is indeed the book for you!

Kudos to Mrs. Valada Parker Flewellyn for embracing and authoring: African Americans of Sanford! Her work is a beautiful account of important events and those connected to them. This is indeed a priceless document of a rich history of Floridians, proud families, individuals who contributed greatly to society and the larger community!  These folks left their indelible imprints on the landscapes of Sanford! 

Being new to Central Florida I appreciate learning about these trailblazers that helped bridge the numerous disparity gaps and encouraged many to persevere. These educators, business owners, doctors, lawyers, and many everyday folks were passionate community builders giving their time and talents in enumerable ways!  Their contributions are evidenced today! Many of them are continuing the legacy and/or have passed the progressive torch urging us to not abandon serving others!  The impact has touched the generations that are graciously benefiting. Oh my friends we must not forget the sacrifices made!

In my estimation African Americans in Sanford was surely a labor of love. We tremendously appreciate this wonderful literary experience; readers are beckoned to model purposeful living with adopting service as a personal hallmark! My family cherishes this new addition of: African Americans of Sanford to our personal heritage library collection!  Thank you to Mrs. Flewellyn and those she partnered with for erecting this diligent testament!  I pray others will acquire this literary treasure and share the legacy of igniting hope! Yes, you never know who you’ll meet, or run into while visiting Sanford and the surrounding community!

Write on Valada, thank you for your journey to Sanford and beyond, we await future treasures! There’s so much to appreciate, read, learn and share! Come on and grab hold of your 5 stars, job well done!

Celebrating Ordinary Days with Extraordinary Promises                                                      Linda Mose Meadows, Inspirational Author:
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s and God’s Promises
http://www.blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR KING – PAYING TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING , JR.

Stone of  Hope, Memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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National  Mall in Washington,D.C.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO OUR KING – PAYING TRIBUTE TO DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING , JR.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

LET US NOT LOVE IN WORD OR IN TONGUE,
BUT IN DEED AND IN TRUTH.
1 JOHN 3:18

 
Frequently people think compassion and love are merely sentimental. No! They are very demanding. If you are going to be compassionate, be prepared for action.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu Nobel Peace Prize Winner  (born 1931)
 

DR. KING WAS AN AMAZING HUMAN BEING, HE WAS WITTY, COMPASSIONATE, AN ORATOR LIKE NO OTHER, A TRAILBLAZER, ANOINTED, INSPIRED, UNAFRAID, CALLED, CHOSEN, A MOVER & A SHAKER, OUR BELOVED, AN AMBASSADOR, A BIBLICAL SCHOLAR, PASTOR, LOVING FATHER, HUSBAND, A PEACEMAKER AND A FRIEND OF GOD – WHO WILL FOREVER BE REMEMBERED!
“WE LOVE YOU DR. KING!”

Date of birth:
January 15, 1929(1929-01-15)
Place of birth:
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Date of death:
April 4, 1968 (aged 39)
Place of death:
Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Movement:
African-American Civil Rights Movement and Peace movement
Major organizations:
Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC)
Notable prizes:
Nobel Peace Prize (1964)Presidential Medal of Freedom (1977, posthumous)Congressional Gold Medal (2004, posthumous)
Major monuments:
Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial (planned)
Alma mater:
Morehouse CollegeCrozer Theological SeminaryBoston University
Religion:
Baptist
Influences
Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, Theodor Herzl, Mahatma Gandhi, Benjamin Mays, Rosa Parks, Bayard Rustin, Henry David Thoreau, Howard Thurman, Leo Tolstoy
Influenced
Albert Lutuli, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton
reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Luther_King,_Jr.

Dr. King’s “I Have A Dream” Speech

Stevie Wonder singing Happy Birthday to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

With Great Admiration,
Linda Mose Meadows, author
The Blessedness of Believing
A Devotional Journey of Life’s and God’s Promises
http://www.blessednessofbelieving.blogspot.com/
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IT’S A HAPPY NEW YEAR LEARNING NEW HABITS!

I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.

Psalm 63:2 
New International Version (NIV)

It was amazing for me to witness how attentive the young college folks in my home were. It was Christmas break and they seemed to relax with the television on, lap tops plugged in and their smart phones in hand. They seemed hypnotized by one or the other, possibly mesmerized is more appropriate!

They huddled together and listened intently to the television and even commented in unison about the antics of several of the “stars” during a particular episode of some “Reality” show that I knew nothing of. I immediately wondered whose reality was this really? The star’s strained tones, always boisterous, obnoxious behavior and argumentative conversations were exhausting.

But my focus shifted from the tirades when women began to speak at length about making New Year’s Resolutions, now that got my immediate attention. Admittedly I am out of touch with the recent line-up with this new crop of celebs on these reality shows, but their over dramatic personalities and one sided perspectives appeared very loop-sided, self serving, slanted and greedy for the most part. But it’s not my call, not my “Reality” production, and certainly not my lifestyle being showcased. Let’s give each other a high five on that reality! But from what I could discern their rituals or habits have a lot to be desired. Maybe that was the fascination with why we watch these unscripted series. Or are they? But distinctly I heard (sensed their) preceived DEFEAT, with their pronouncements regarding and maintaining their New Year’s Resolutions.

Each person boldly shared with convincing gestures where they would and wouldn’t frequent, what they planned on acquiring and the things that they’d not tolerate anymore. But no sooner than those pronouncements spilled from their mouths they shared that they realized that their resolutions were already going to be short lived (just like the standard resolutions that so many of us make). Often it’s all for not. But I too have been there and done that! You know made an elaborate plan and strategy for the New Year which failed. So often we mean well, but our well planned out resolutions are short lived. Our stamina and commitment seems fleeting and we’re back to our old habits. The resolutions are gone bye-bye and generally don’t make it through the week. As we mature we dispense with this practice and it is back to business as usual! But something is really missing! Now I am trying to make no promises to myself or others that I sense are already futile. But I learned of a Divine source that pushes and prompts me! No resolution can do that! So after my good chuckle at the confusing reality show I realized that it was time to refocus, time to quiet myself, read , reflect, pray and get some spiritual direction. Is that you also? Later that morning I reached for a new addition to my inspirational library and read the following from Jesus Calling-Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young.

“I WANT YOU TO LEARN A NEW HABIT.

Try saying, “I trust You, Jesus” in
response to whatever happens to you. If there is time to think about whom I am.  In all My Power and Glory; ponder also the depth and breadth of My Love for you. This simple practice will help you see me in every situation, acknowledging my sovereign control over the universe. When you view events from this perspective-through the Light of my universal Presence-fear loses its grip on you. Adverse circumstances become growth opportunities when you affirm your
trust in Me no matter what. You receive blessings gratefully, realizing they flow directly from My hand of grace. Your continual assertion of trusting Me will strengthen our relationship and keep you close to Me. Psalm 63:2; Isaiah 40:10-11; Psalm 139:7-10″


I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Psalm 63:2 (NIV)

See, the Sovereign LORD comes with power, and he rules with a mighty arm. See, his reward is with him, and his recompense accompanies him. He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:10-11 (NIV)

Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. Psalm 139:7-10 (NIV)

I suspect the Holy Spirit has also given you goose bumps. God is speaking to us! It’s clear why so many of our resolutions don’t make it out of the gate-our old habits win! These habits push God aside! We’ve overlooked the most crucial ingredient of getting in the habit of remembering and actively trusting Jehovah, our Author and Creator of the universe. He’s the very One-the I Am that has birthed our hopes, dreams and desires. There is no plan if God is not a part of it.
There can be no hope of getting through the tough obstacles if we’ve not carried the baton of faith, the powerful Holy Scripture in our hearts/minds and love for being a child of the most High God. We can’t make it and possibly believe that our natural stamina will sustain us in this world!
There’s nothing that can replace, refresh and restore us like Jesus! If you have one resolution let that be to learn a new habit of entrusting ourselves and all that concerns us to Jesus. Today friends, tell yourselves, your loved ones, and Him: “I trust you Lord! I am in your capable and wonderful care!” Now that’s a resolution that will remain, let’s get in the habit! Happy New Year everyone!

With A Thankful Heart!Linda Mose Meadows, Urban Views Weekly & Empower Magazine Columnist and Inspirational Author of: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises and Co-publisher of Eyes of Faith Magazine
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A VERY ENCOURAGING WAY TO KICKSTART MY 2012 BLOGGING: WORDPRESS.COM’S 2011 BLOGGING IN REVIEW!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 2,700 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 45 trips to carry that many people.

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