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Mary Carter Smith: African American Storyteller  / The Griot's Cookbook: Rare and Well-Done

Vibes: Experimentation in Co-creation  /  Town Child  /  Heart to Heart  

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Sitting on Top of the World

                              —for Mary Carter Smith

                                                         By Rudolph Lewis

 

Whippoorwill sings his song deep in the dark

woods as a fat half moon in mist reclines

on its back—sings three notes, like “griot gone,

griot gone, griot gone.” A poem I wrote

her voice transformed on air into a spring

bush of red flowers. She was a tiller

rugged, back-bent, gentle green-thumb sower

who inspired fragile seeds to root & bloom—

 

even in stony ground among thorns. She

was a passing presence touched with wisdom

stories—brim-filled with loss, sweat, & struggle.

This cherishing caretaker for us turned

the soil, hands firmly on the plough handles,

giving all of self, thoughtless of profit.

27 April 2007

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Mary Carter Smith is now an Ancestor

On April 24, 2007, Mary Carter Smith made her transition.  Mother Mary, as she is affectionately called, was a visionary, poet, teacher, historian, chronicler of the values and principles of the people.  She is known nationwide for reviving and promoting storytelling as an art form, as a teaching method, and as a form of communication. 

Twenty-three years ago, along with Linda Goss, Mother Mary founded The National Association for Black Storytelling, Inc., was awarded the Zora Neale Hurston Award in 1985, proclaimed “Mother Griot” in 1994, received the Lifetime Achievement Award and The Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Association in 1996, and her image is celebrated at the Great Blacks in Wax Museum in Baltimore, Maryland.  Mother Griot’s numerous achievements and recognitions affirmed her as an international treasure and a living legend.

She was a teacher in the Baltimore City Public School system for thirty-one years and volunteered her services hosting a Saturday morning radio program, “Griot for the Young and the Young at Heart,” for twenty-five years.  In 1983 Mother Mary was named the official Griot of Baltimore City and, in 1991, was named the official Griot of Maryland. 

Mother Mary is co-founder of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Maryland, founding member of Big Brothers-Big Sisters of America, the Arena Players and the Griots’ Circle of Maryland, founder of the Citizens’ Coalition for Urban Survival, a member of Huber Memorial Church of Christ and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., and a graduate of Coppin State University.

In the true sense of the meaning of “Griot,” Mother Mary excelled.  She has written countless numbers of books of poetry and stories. With her inspiration, storytelling continues to be an important voice in this global community; a voice that spoke of God’s Love, Peace and Understanding between the peoples of the world.

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Home-Going Celebration

Mother Mary Carter Smith

Viewing

Sunday, April 29, 2007

4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Huber Memorial Church

5701 York Road

Baltimore, Maryland 21212

Homegoing Service

Monday, April 30, 2007

Huber Memorial Church

Family Hour (Wake) 10:00 am

Home-going Service (Funeral) 11:00 am

 Internment

Arbutus Cemetery

Cards can be sent to the family:

Mrs. Joan Stevenson & Family

9028 Scotts Haven Drive

Baltimore, Maryland 21234

 

Source: http://www.nabsinc.org/mc/page.do

posted 27 April 2007

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Life on Mars

By Tracy K. Smith

Tracy K. Smith, author of Life on Mars has been selected as the winner of the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. In its review of the book, Publishers Weekly noted the collection's "lyric brilliance" and "political impulses [that] never falter." A New York Times review stated, "Smith is quick to suggest that the important thing is not to discover whether or not we're alone in the universe; it's to accept—or at least endure—the universe's mystery. . . . Religion, science, art: we turn to them for answers, but the questions persist, especially in times of grief. Smith's pairing of the philosophically minded poems in the book’s first section with the long elegy for her father in the second is brilliant." Life on Mars follows Smith's 2007 collection, Duende, which won the James Laughlin Award from the Academy of American Poets. . . . The Body’s Question (2003) was her first published collection. Smith said Life on Mars, published by small Minnesota press Graywolf, was inspired in part by her father, who was an engineer on the Hubble space telescope and died in 2008.

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The Last Holiday: A Memoir

By Gil Scott Heron

Shortly after we republished The Vulture and The Nigger Factory, Gil started to tell me about The Last Holiday, an account he was writing of a multi-city tour that he ended up doing with Stevie Wonder in late 1980 and early 1981. Originally Bob Marley was meant to be playing the tour that Stevie Wonder had conceived as a way of trying to force legislation to make Martin Luther King's birthday a national holiday. At the time, Marley was dying of cancer, so Gil was asked to do the first six dates. He ended up doing all 41. And Dr King's birthday ended up becoming a national holiday ("The Last Holiday because America can't afford to have another national holiday"), but Gil always felt that Stevie never got the recognition he deserved and that his story needed to be told. The first chapters of this book were given to me in New York when Gil was living in the Chelsea Hotel. Among the pages was a chapter called Deadline that recounts the night they played Oakland, California, 8 December; it was also the night that John Lennon was murdered.

Gil uses Lennon's violent end as a brilliant parallel to Dr King's assassination and as a biting commentary on the constraints that sometimes lead to newspapers getting things wrong. —Jamie Byng, Guardian

Gil_reads_"Deadline" (audio)  / Gil Scott-Heron & His Music  Gil Scott Heron Blue Collar  Remember Gil Scott- Heron

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The New Jim Crow

Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness

By Michele Alexander

Contrary to the rosy picture of race embodied in Barack Obama's political success and Oprah Winfrey's financial success, legal scholar Alexander argues vigorously and persuasively that [w]e have not ended racial caste in America; we have merely redesigned it. Jim Crow and legal racial segregation has been replaced by mass incarceration as a system of social control (More African Americans are under correctional control today... than were enslaved in 1850). Alexander reviews American racial history from the colonies to the Clinton administration, delineating its transformation into the war on drugs. She offers an acute analysis of the effect of this mass incarceration upon former inmates who will be discriminated against, legally, for the rest of their lives, denied employment, housing, education, and public benefits. Most provocatively, she reveals how both the move toward colorblindness and affirmative action blur our vision of injustice—Publishers Weekly

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The White Masters of the World

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By W. E. B. Du Bois

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

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