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.