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I developed a unique way of creating art objects using paper, glue, scissors or an exacto knife. My initial

intent was to introduce art to my adult students. Like reading, the work required sitting for

great periods and a considerable amount of concentration, all the skills necessary in reading.

My students got a great joy out of it and did a showing which was well-received.

 

 

Letters of an Abiding Faith:

Legacy of a Slave's GrandDaughter to her Son

written by Ella Lewis to her Son (Rudolph Lewis)

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Letter 52

 

May 11, 1990

 

Dear Son,

How are you Fine I hope. As For me doing Fair thank the good Lord. I riten to ask you why you stop riten me. I would like to hear From you once in a while. I had Some Greens and things For you. I was going to bring But Bunk and Nat had to work.* So we Cant Come up For Mothers Day. I sending you a few pennies hope they will help you Some. Rite me Back when you get the letter. Yours all ways

Mother much love to you

I still praying For you

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Commentary

*During this time, Annie and Nat, I believe, were living in Petersburg in a really nice house. I was really pleased for her. But they would later give up the house and move back to Jarratt. It was a good thing overall, for Mama was almost eighty years old. She needed someone there with her and Annie was good company and didnít mind looking after her.I quite enjoyed working in the adult education program. But the handwriting was on the wall. The federal government was becoming more and more concerned about accountability and they wanted greater and greater results for their money. That is, they wanted these women on welfare to make faster progress and enter the work force quickly. Some of the expectations were unrealistic for women who had a multitude of problems. While working in this program, I developed a unique way of creating art objects using paper, glue, scissors or an exacto knife. My initial intent was to introduce art to my adult students. Like reading, the work required sitting for great periods and a considerable amount of concentration, all the skills necessary in reading. My student got a great joy out of it and did a showing which was well-received.

I eventually worked out some technical problems and continued this kind of art production for my own hobby and interest. I found a glue that did not crack and found a way to seal the paper so that it did not pick up water. Most of the pieces I gave away as gifts. It is still an activity that I pursue. Presently, I am doing Christian art pieces. I have yet to find a way to make money out of this method. It usually takes thirty to forty hours to complete a piece. To make money, I would have to charge at least $10 an hour. There are few people who are willing to pay $300 to $400 for my work. My cousin Buggy, however, did buy a piece for $300. He confessed later that it was for my benefit rather than the work he parted with such a sum. Whatever the case, I continue to produce works and I continue to give them away and I continue to improve my technique. I have done some collaborations with another self-trained artist, Kaki. Unlike me, he knows how to draw. He is quite popular in Baltimore and almost everyone in the know has a piece of his work.

Kaki has been exceedingly generous to me. I gave him several photos and he produced a painting of Mama, one of Daddy, and yet another of me for a small fee. I had all three paintings photographed. (Two of these were used for the cover.) Hopefully, I will make printings of the photographs for wide distribution, once I figure out how to market them. I am not very good on the business end of things and I have yet to find someone to work with me who knows about such things. Until then, I will continue to sharpen my sword.

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Super Rich: A Guide to Having it All

By Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons knows firsthand that wealth is rooted in much more than the stock  market. True wealth has more to do with what's in your heart than what's in your wallet. Using this knowledge, Simmons became one of America's shrewdest entrepreneurs, achieving a level of success that most investors only dream about. No matter how much material gain he accumulated, he never stopped lending a hand to those less fortunate. In Super Rich, Simmons uses his rare blend of spiritual savvy and street-smart wisdom to offer a new definition of wealth-and share timeless principles for developing an unshakable sense of self that can weather any financial storm. As Simmons says, "Happy can make you money, but money can't make you happy."

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Boisí Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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