By Leon Dash Basic Books: It is 11 days past her 52nd birthday and six years before her death. In one of his few asides to the reader, Dash says his protagonist "is convalescing in Howard University Hospital not because of any illness that you or I might contract. She is there because her body has been so wracked by heroin that it is shutting down.
On this particular day, it was the one located inside Rockefeller Plaza. It was a cold, wet, snowy day. As I sat inside drinking coffee and charging two cell phones, I noticed a lady sit down right beside me. I had been there awhile when she came in.
Although there were other seats available, she chose right next beside me I'd find out later why this seat was chosen. She was un-kept and randomly mumbled to herself, but she bothered no one and no one seemed to notice her. I kept to myself quietly, but randomly looked up and caught glimpses of this stranger.
After a little while, she noticed my cell phones and struck up conversation by saying, "you have TWO phones, you must be a busy lady. Her name was Rosa Lee. Initially, I found out that she was homeless and had come inside to get warm. She asked me what I did for a living and as I began to list the the various things I do, it was when I said "I am somewhat of a writer I have a story for you!
She started her story off by telling me she made "Bible purses"; that God had sent her to NYC to find someone who might be interested in them. She said she designs each unique purse with items she finds on the streets and includes a Bible in every purse.
She even showed me a picture of her creations and they were actually very genius and creatively made; made from bits and pieces of leather, metal and wood. She told me she made them because God gave her the vision.
She told me she wouldn't give up in finding someone to sell them for her.
She said Jesus never had given up on her and she wouldn't give up on him This particular day was in Decemberand she told me she was 45 years old. She continued talking while I grasped on to every word. Her story went something like this: After being sold at age 13 by her mother, she was owned by a man who "rented her out".
She had spent 6 years in prison and was a recovering alcoholic and drug addict. She had been shot in the head, stabbed multiple times, and had been in a street gang whose members tried to kill her when she wanted out.
Now she lives on the streets.
She spoke about Jesus and told me she knew Him. She said that through her horrific journey He had never left her. She told me there was a time when she had no hope and that she never wanted to go to that place again. She said it was a dark place and looked fearful when she spoke of this place.
She will go blind one day from the bullet still lodged in her neck. She said she went completely dark a few weeks prior to our meeting and for those few hours she said she was scared, but reassured me that she remained confident in the hope she had in Jesus.
We began to talk about hope. I told her that if she knows Jesus she would never see true darkness and explained that He would be her light She looked at me deeply and said, "yes i know I will never forget your face She said she needed to get there early so she could get a bed and not just a chair.
As I looked down at my watch to see the time, I noticed the bracelet I was wearing. It quickly reminded me of pureness of something most holy with its solid white color. It gave light through the stones and I though "oh, how she needed that light". I took the pure white bracelet with the sparkling crystals off my wrist and asked to see her armAngela Bassett, Peter James, Cicely Tyson.
Many people believe Rosa Parks' simple refusal to move to the back of a Montgomery, Alabama bus was her contribution to the Civil Rights Movement, but this engrossing look at her life tells the whole story.
Rosa Lee Cunningham is a Black American woman who has lived a pathetic life being a victim of extreme poverty, child abuse and deprivation of love and nurturance from her mother. The traumatic experiences in her life has led to her addiction to a lifestyle that further degrades her as a person instead of rising from her unfortunate situation.
Groundbreaking, controversial, and courageous, here is the story of Rosa Parks and Recy Taylor—a story that reinterprets the history of America's civil rights movement in terms of the sexual violence committed against black women by white men.
Early years. Rosa Parks was born Rosa Louise McCauley in Tuskegee, Alabama, on February 4, , to Leona (née Edwards), a teacher, and James McCauley, a pfmlures.com addition to African ancestry, one of her great-grandfathers was Scots-Irish and one of her great-grandmothers was a Native American slave.
She was small as a . Rosa Parks summary: Rosa Parks was born in Tuskegee, Alabama on February 4th, After her parent’s divorce, her mother moved Rosa and her siblings to Pine Level, Alabama, where Rosa’s maternal grandparents resided. Both of her grandparents were former slaves, and while growing up on their.
How CNN reported this story. Chicago mom Cynthia Lane called CNN in and asked reporter Rosa Flores to look into her son’s death. That one phone call led to a yearlong investigation and the.