NEW PROJECT #mondayblogs #newplay #amwriting

Yesterday, July 6, was my mom’s birthday. She would have been 98 years old if she’d made it. She didn’t. She lived to 94 1/2. And she avoided her biggest fear: the nursing home. She had a couple of trips to a nursing facility to recover first from a broken hip (osteoporosis), then a heart attack, but she recovered in record time and hurried back to her own apartment where she lived alone. She had some serious pain the last four weeks of her life, but she had her beloved son-in-law who is a hospice nurse at her side, and he was with her when she died. So mom lived long, and she lived well. She kept her wits to the end.

I’m talking about Mom because I spent the day thinking about her yesterday, so much so I forgot to write my Monday blog post. So I’m tardy. But I’m here.

I’ve started work on a new play. This is the play I’m writing for the 365 women a year project. Last year I put forth a play I had already written, but this year I chose Ella Baker as my subject, and I’m writing about her. Miss Baker was a leader during the civil rights movement of the 1960s. I’m doing my research, and the more I learn, the more I think I should have already known about her. I’m reading two books about her right now. And listening to a song written about her called Ella’s Song, by Bernice Reagon of Sweet Honey in the Rock.

So I’m going to post a link to Wikipedia about her, here. If you already know about her, or knew about her, tell me what you think is the most important thing. What would you definitely want to see in a play about her? If you want to read more about her, go the The Ella Baker Center too. It’s here. And Bernice Reagon’s Ella’s Song, is here.

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6 thoughts on “NEW PROJECT #mondayblogs #newplay #amwriting

  1. Happy birthday to your mother, Sandra, and thankfulness to her for bringing such a creative person into being.
    I like the song, and I realized I haven’t seen Sweet Honey in the Rock since about 1972, not in person anyway, and what a great night that was when about a hundred people gathered for a concert of theirs. You might have been there, too.
    I just read about Ella Baker and one thing that struck me was her calling MLK a leader with feet of clay. What’s behind that, I wonder. But it’s probably not the most important thing, or even one of the most important things about her. It just made me curious. And her privacy. Married but no one knew. Hmmm…
    Best of luck with this project. It sounds like a wonderful venture. Thanks for taking it on.

  2. Thank you so much, Andrea! Yes, well Ella Baker founded SNCC so she was very much all about doing what the people wanted vs what the leader wanted. It was SNCC that got me interested in civil rights back in early 60s as well. But I was student-age, so no surprise. Thank you for all your wondering … so much about her to point to. And thanks for kind words re mom and me. šŸ™‚ All best to Alice and you.

    • Thanks, Sandra. SNCC yes, but the “feet of clay” comment made me wonder what may have occurred between them – maybe only the two of them – that would bring those words to her lips, and I suppose I was imagining a scene…My imagination got away with me. Sorry. Anyway, I hope you keep us posted on this project. Thanks for doing it.

  3. I didn’t miss it, I should have said. Sometimes I think people can hear what’s in my mind. ha. Always been a problem for me! Yes, I tucked that away … what went on between those two? Probably something. He was a bit of a womanizer after all. And she had her privacy issues. She had amazing confidence. She would often be the only woman in a situation. And she would greet everyone on the street with a question, like where are you from? Men as well as women.

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