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 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
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The Lord gave the Word;
great was the company of those that published it.
-Psalm 68:11

This brings me such joy to share that my devotional has earned a five star rating from the book club: Readers With Attitude founded by Essence Bestselling author, Nikkea Smithers. Yes, the affirmation is exhilarating, not to mention that I am assured that my devotional: The Blessedness of Believing A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises by Linda Mose Meadows does impact the reader to embrace God’s word, strive for a life that not only pleases God through application of his promises, but to trust that we aren’t abandoned by our Heavenly Father as we naviagate our way on this unpredicatable spiritual journey. The Lord’s loving kindess is evident in life’s valleys and summits. Believing is key!

Saturday, April 25, 2009
Reader’s With Attitude Book Review: The Blessedness of Believing

The Blessedness of Believing Author: Linda Mose Meadows
Rating: 5

This is a wonderful devotional book that will have you understanding why we must never forget how blessed we are. Believing has the power to get people through the toughest of times.

If ever you need rejuvenation in hope, this is the book to pick up! Reminders of God and his promises to never leave or forsake us is intertwined within these pages. God’s sovereignty of being yea and amen is awesome and present in this book.

You can also find great enhancements of reinforcing your beliefs. This book also helps us to pray effectively. You don’t have to read in order of the book. You can just read according to your need. There was nothing that I didn’t like about this book. Any book that helps Christians have a better relationship with God, our father (Abba) is alright with me!

Reviewer: Lawrencewww.rwabookclub.comrwabookclub@yahoo.com

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Keep Holding On To Your Dreams Friends!

Linda Mose Meadows, Author

The Blessedness of Believing

A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises (Tate, Nov. 2007)



Urban Views Community Newspaper, March 2009 edition had a wonderful surprise in store for me today. After receiving a phone call about this news, it felt like Christmas morning when I was a little girl and opened my gift and there was a beautiful doll with curly hair and a chocolate complexion. “Suzie” that’s what I named her! Well it was that same excitement all over again, when I visited the Urban Views website which has provided an awesome book review on my literary “baby” :

The Blessedness of Believing

A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons

God’s Promises
by Linda Mose Meadows

(Tate, November 2007)

The book review written by Ms. Linda Tate @ Precious Memories entitled:


here’s what was written:

“We have so much to be thankful for. As we walk this journey of life, we will experience many lessons. We will stumble, but we must never give up. I recently read The Blessedness of … ”

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Hope you enjoyed the review. Friends, at this moment all I can say is ,”Thank you Lord, this is truly happening!” Bless you Linda Pate for reading and appreciating my devotional journey-but God! And thank you to Urban Views for publishing the book review, yes my heart is truly glad!

I’m encouraged to keep hope alive! Why not join me!

“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him.”

Lamentations 3:25

Shared With Joy,

Linda Mose Meadows,

AuthorThe Blessedness of Believing

A Devotional Journey of Life’s Lessons and God’s Promises


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