The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls announce their weekday Mass in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Congratulations to Amy Springer from Motley, winner of a compost bin at the 2013 Green Fair Folk Festival on August 7, at St. We were extremely gifted by the response of our sisters’ loving affirmations and presence at our Jubilee celebration.
What started out as a concert to promote peace has grown to a full-service event that offers live entertainment from groups sponsored by St.
Franciscan values and charism carried the event with many sisters walking the grounds, meeting and greeting fair-goers.
After an event such as the Green Fair, there is so much to be grateful for and so many people to thank. We celebrated the 50th Jubilee of Sisters Grace Skwira, Pat Forster and Shirley Mueller, who entered the novitiate at St. The Green Fair Folk Festival, an evening of universal ecological awareness, is free and open to the public. The Franciscan Sisters and Little Falls Community High School’s staff and students are working together to grow vegetables. The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) has funded the High School’s Vegetable Garden-to-Cafeteria program. The grant, for $9,081.22, will cover the salary of an adult supervisor working this summer, according to Supt. The goals of the project are to provide students and staff with a healthy and sustainable food source, educate students about the genesis of food, engage students with experiential learning, highlight careers in agronomy and plant production and increase the visibility of students within the community, according to Maxine Strege who helped to write the grant and is a Franciscan Associate.
The organic vegetables, harvested this fall, will be purchased by A’viands Food Service at market value and supplement school meals. Jones added, “The response for this project within the Little Falls area has been fantastic. Sister Ruth Lentner, who has a horticulture degree from North Dakota State University, manages the Franciscan Sisters’ organic garden and works directly with the high school students. High School Vocational Agriculture teacher Doug Ploof said, “The garden project is an opportunity to teach sustainable agriculture to students in horticulture and plant science. Ploof added, “Students in the fall will be involved in harvest, storage and clean-up of the garden. Principal Tim Bjorge said, “Agriculture teacher Doug Ploof has built a wonderful relationship with Sister Ruth and the Franciscan Community. Strege added, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our Little Falls Community High School students to partner with the community in a project that engages students with experiential learning for living a healthy lifestyle. The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will honor Sister Lillian Kroll, who will celebrate 75 years as a member of the Order on Sunday, August 11.
Originally from Royalton, Sister Lillian has ministered in education throughout the years as a music teacher, choir director, religious education instructor and elementary teacher.
Sister Mary Louise Eltgroth, originally from West Union, will celebrate 60 years as a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, on Sunday, August 11. Sister Mary Lou has ministered in education for nearly 50 years, serving as an elementary teacher and as a school principal in Waite Park, Morris, Fergus Falls and St. The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will honor three of their sisters who celebrate 50 years as members of the Order on Sunday, July 28.
It is certainly too early in this papacy to assess whether or not Pope Francis truly walks in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi.
As followers of Francis, we sisters and associates consciously try to live the Catholic Social Teachings, which express the Gospel mandate. It seems as if Pope Francis will not place emphasis in his teaching on heavy theological ideas, but rather on encouraging and promoting among all of us the living of the Gospel, following in the footprints of Francis who walked so closely in the way of Jesus.
Each year at the Franciscan Federation Conference, congregations are invited to select a member of their congregation who they deem worthy to receive the Franciscan Award. Campers came from Avon, Belgrade, Bowlus, Cold Spring, Fort Ripley, Frazee, Little Falls, Morris, New Munich, Pierz, Randall, Rice, Royalton, St. Sister Cordy Korkowski began her farewell remarks with the above quote at the three weekend Masses celebrated at St. After the parish celebration, all of Sister Cordy’s siblings and spouses gathered at Welcoming House to enjoy time together.
This year Sister Luanne is celebrating 60 years and Sister Dorothea marks 65, both as Benedictine Sisters celebrating on July 11 at St. Leora, as Sister Therese was named then, worked at the store and missed many of her high school classes during World War II.
Baptized with the name Arleda, Sister Dorothea has fond memories of growing up and playing on the family farm, working in the store and going to school.
Floy Ann was called to a life of service as a Benedictine where she accepted the name of Sister Luanne. Saying yes to new possibilities, whether coming from someone else or our own reflections and experiences, has both concentrated and expanded living up to our name—Sabbath House.
Sunday March 17, 2013 60 Minutes on CBS News aired American nuns struggle with Vatican for change – a story regarding the current atmosphere between the Vatican and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. We welcomed Sisters Margaret Aringo and Sister Mary Irene Chebii to the Motherhouse on Sunday, April 14. Sister Rose Margaret Schneider and I attended a retirement open house for Sister Patrice Kiefer at Douglas County Hospital on Tuesday, April 9. Oh yes, the Mayor declared April 9 to be “Sister Patrice Day” and her name and picture were visible all around the city! Thank you for your presence and support at the recent Spaghetti Supper fund raiser on Saturday, April 13.
Sister Louise McKigney has been nominated for the Salute to Senior Service Contest sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care.
The Salute to Senior Service Contest is similar to other online challenges where the nominee with the most votes wins. The cakes are frosted and in the freezer now, protected in plastic and topped with a banner that signals Christ’s triumph over death. The joint Franciscan-Benedictine Justice Committee comprised of Franciscan Sisters from Little Falls and Benedictine Sisters from St.
The joint committee is adding its name to a growing list of other civic and elected organizations that have passed similar resolutions during 2012’s 11-year anniversary since the start of the war in Afghanistan. As a result, this joint committee is calling on Senators Klobuchar and Franken and Representatives Walz, Kline, Paulsen, McCollum, Ellison, Bachmann, Peterson and Nolan, as well as President Barack Obama, to shift federal funding priorities from war and the interests of the few to meeting the essential needs of all American citizens. Note: Throughout this web site, we provide links to other web sites, solely for the user's convenience. The letter did not specify the charges against Father Roy, which we see as an injustice to him.
We continue to hold Father Roy in respect and thank him for his integrity and fidelity to the gospel message of love, justice and peace.
We are concerned about the closing down of topics deemed unacceptable for discussion by the official Church and the extreme response to those who, with great courage, publicly express their principles and convictions. The LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) has also taken action with its resolution to action against sex-trafficking in the hotel industry.
The Day My God Died is a feature-length documentary that presents the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex trade. A one-hour investigative documentary exposes the painful, rarely seen human side of illegal immigration - including the growing black market trade in human beings. Friends of Orphans (FRO) in northern Uganda is a lifeline for former child slaves who were abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and forced to commit atrocities in their own communities. In Dreams Die Hard, Filmmaker Peggy Callahan profiles the real-life story of people trapped in slavery across the United States. The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, hosted their annual Employee Appreciation Dinner on Thursday evening, January 24, at St. Sister Mary Pat Burger, executive director of ministries and services, said, “The individuals nominated are to be shining examples of how to live out the Franciscan values of respect, open communication, hospitality and compassion.
National Grid has continued its support of the United Way of Central Massachusetts this year with a generous corporate gift of $365,000. Gifts such as National Grid’s allow United Way of Central Massachusetts to fund programs that ensure the most vulnerable members of our community have a safety net.
Part of National Grid’s gift - $210,000 - will go toward the United Way’s Community Impact Pool, where it will be used to create lasting change in our local community. Don’t miss out on Bullying in a Digital Age: The Impact on School Culture - a free anti-bullying conference! The work we do responding to the needs of the many individuals and families in our community is critical to the vitality of central Massachusetts. Please consider making a tax deductible donation to United Way of Central Massachusetts today and help us make a difference in the lives of so many.
Burncoat Street Prep has improved its state accountability score and moved from a Level 4 school to a Level 3 school. United Way of Central Massachusetts President and CEO, Tim Garvin, served on the restructuring committee for Burncoat Street Prep.
United Way of Central Massachusetts is issuing a request for safety net and Women’s Initiative funding proposals. COMMUNITY SAFETY NET funding supports programs that stabilize those of us who are unable to meet basic needs due to conditions that create vulnerability.
Through its annual grant awards, the Women’s Initiative of the United Way of Central Massachusetts focuses on building, strengthening, and supporting the development of confident and safe girls. We LIVE UNITED when we all give a little bit extra, uniting together to make a difference and create a better life for all in central Massachusetts. Our Women’s Initiative is looking for volunteers to mentor 8th grade girls in financial literacy.
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to mentor middle-school girls at our Dollar $cholar conferences November 23 & 24, 2015! WI funded program Just Us Girls was created 12 years ago by Dianne Young, mother of program participant Kerianne Young.
Because of your generosity, Just Us Girls has just begun its fourth year of funding from the Women’s Initiative. We are seeking short-term, fun, and interesting volunteer opportunities from mid November through January 2016.
Pamela and Maurice Boisvert will lead the United Way of Central Massachusetts 2015-2016 Campaign. United Way of Central Massachusetts’ Summer Youth Volunteer Program has wrapped up its sixth successful year.
United Way Central Massachusetts invites you to our annual Day of Caring on September 17, 2015.
Each year, the Volunteer Center at United Way of Central Massachusetts coordinates many events to promote volunteerism and leadership. This unique community-wide event engages volunteer teams from across Worcester County to complete one-day service projects that benefit local non-profit organizations and the clients they serve. United Way of Central Massachusetts is committed to supporting programs that improve the health of our community. Congratulations to all of our partners who are doing great things to improve the health of our community! Four students applied and were accepted into two Worcester Polytechnic Institute summer camps.
Both camps have high academic standards to be accepted, and require teacher recommendations and at least one essay.
The Community Relationship Manager position is a new position that was created to blend fundraising and community impact. The Worcester Regional Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Worcester Community Foundation have announced the selection of 25 talented professionals who will comprise the class of Leadership Worcester 2016.
Selected from more than 50 applicants, the class includes a diverse group of women and men from Central Massachusetts representing the communities of Auburn, Bolton, Holden, Leominster, Paxton, Shrewsbury, and Uxbridge with 16 from Worcester, representing two-thirds of the class.
The Leadership Worcester Class of 2016 represents a variety of industry sectors, cultural backgrounds, and diverse educational experiences. The class will get underway on September 18, 2015, with an overnight retreat at the Beechwood Hotel offering participants an opportunity to get to know one another, determine individual leadership strengths, and begin to explore the Worcester community and the emerging leadership needs. Monthly sessions will explore topics critical to the Worcester region beginning with Medicine and Population Health.
Here at United Way of Central Massachusetts, we are excited to see so many of our partner companies and agencies being represented in this year’s class. The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts recently awarded more than $287,000.00 to fund 11 programs in central Massachusetts that directly impact the lives of middle school girls in the area.
The 11 funded programs are focused on reducing the incidence of violence affecting girls through the strategy of building, strengthening and supporting the development of healthy, safe, and confident girls. The grants include an innovative partnership between the Women’s Initiative and UMass Memorial Health Care to fund the Southeast Asian Coalition’s Young Women – Healthy Choices program. In addition to funding programs and events, Women’s Initiative continues to offer free community-wide financial literacy conferences, called “Dollar $cholar,” for eighth-grade girls in Worcester and surrounding towns. Students will visit one or two sites every week and participate in a leadership training program called Bounce!
In addition, the Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts recently awarded more than $287,000.00 to fund 11 programs in central Massachusetts that directly impact the lives of middle school girls in the area. United Way of Central Massachusetts President and CEO, Timothy Garvin, says of the grants, “I am so proud that the United Way continues to make strategic investments into programs at agencies doing great work. Located at a site in the greater Worcester area, each project will be completed in one day.
United Way of Central Massachusetts’ Volunteer Center coordinates many volunteer opportunities throughout the year to encourage community involvement. Risky behaviors have a negative impact on a girl’s ability to grow and develop into an independent, self-sufficient woman.
Girls CHOICE is a Women’s Initiative funded program and the YWCA Central Massachusetts is the fiscal sponsor of the Girls CHOICE program. United Way of Central Massachusetts hosted their Annual Business Meeting and Celebration on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at Mechanics Hall.
The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Lois B.
As part of National Volunteer Week, United Way of Central Massachusetts will honor the outstanding work of volunteers with Inspire by Example Awards.
National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, 2015, is a time to celebrate people doing extraordinary things through service.
United Way of Central Massachusetts is excited to once again take part in National Volunteer week April 12-18, 2015! We need volunteers to help with projects that range from gardening, to packaging meals, to even building a food pantry! To find out how you can advocate for food justice during National Volunteer Week CLICK HERE! SMARTGirlsPlus is a prevention and education program offered by The Boys and Girls Club of Worcester, which engages inner-city girls ages 10-14 in a wide variety of programming, including fitness, yoga, self-defense, dance, music, drama, and leadership skills. SMARTGirlsPlus provides a safe environment that opens doors to young women experiencing difficulty finishing their education, addresses concerns about their safety and the rise in violence, and responds to the need for greater access to sexual health education—while supporting healthy relationships.
According to Liz, one of the best things about seeing Rosa be all she can be is watching how she now helps other girls feel good about themselves without seeking the approval of boys involved in gangs. The Relationship Manager will work within a team of 5 people to organize and execute fundraising campaigns with our central Massachusetts partner corporations.
In 2002, The Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts was founded by two local philanthropists, Lois Green and Meridith Wesby. In 2015, the 95th year of our existance, United Way of Central Massachusetts still serves as a pivitol partner in the central Massachusetts community, working to improve lives for all through a strategic focus on EDUCATION, HEALTH, and FAMILY STABILITY.
To celebrate, United Way of Central Massachusetts is asking you to participate in 95 random acts of kindness through-out the day on January 23, 2015.
For some great ideas on how to celebrate UWCM’s 95th Anniversary, download this flyer! Through the EITC Coalition, United Way of Central Massachusetts is making this tax credit more accessible to those who need it most. The event on January 23 will feature Congressman James McGovern, City Manager Edward Augustus, and United Way of Central Massachusetts CEO, Timothy Garvin, along with local private and public business leaders.
United Way’s involvement in the Worcester EITC Coalition supports the Family Stability goal to reduce the child poverty rate in central Massachusetts by 10% by 2020. Francis Music Center's URock band, Power Plant, will be the opening act for The Fabulous Armadillos at the Summertime by [Lake] George in St. We were blessed to have three young women (two violinists and a flutist), who recently returned from Interlocken Music Camp, accompany the singing at the Liturgy. Vendors brought their expertise and natural products that promote health, safety, organic gardening and sustainable living.
They offered tours of Sacred Heart Chapel, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and a special Franciscan blessing for everyone. Living the Franciscan values, she has ministered as a nurse and served in Hispanic ministry. Bring along your blankets or folding chairs and enjoy the wide variety of musical entertainment, which also includes The Rick Family, Woodland Strings and Sestri. The benefits are more far-reaching and long-lasting than their yield of tomatoes and onions will produce. People in the school district are quite pleased to see us assume a leadership role in not only teaching young people about healthy eating but actually putting substantial quantities of freshly grown organic vegetables on their school trays. The students are learning about how and what to add to the soil to keep our gardens organic.
We are very blessed to have Superintendent Jones and the Franciscan Sisters create this partnership for our students. These 75 years represent many years of dedicated service to the people of God in the spirit of Francis and Clare of Assisi.
Francis Convent on August 12, 1938, and made her final profession of vows on August 12, 1943. Franciscan popes there have been, but with names like Clement and Sixtus (several of them!) and Nicholas. We strive to be in solidarity with the poor and marginated, to uphold the dignity and worth of all human life, and to walk gently on our earth.
This evening of ecological awareness is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls.
Cloud, Swanville and Wadena, as well as Osawatomie and Paola, Kansas and Superior, Wisconsin. Mass which included a blessing for Sister Cordy by the entire gathered assembly and was followed by a reception and meal.
When my family helped me to move in two years ago on a very hot humid July day, she was there with glasses of cool and refreshing water. We pray that God’s blessings will continue to guide her as she takes a much deserved rest before beginning her new responsibilities with her community. Michael and, in 1937, the Lenz family moved to the Waconia area where they worked in the hardware business. However, she had a heart for serving others, so she corresponded with both the Benedictine and Franciscan Communities in the area.


Living in different cultures was very interesting and made me realize that basically we are all very much alike,” she said.
Drawn to monastic life by her desire to serve, she taught in grade school for several years before she went to Ridgely, Md., where she personalized learning for exceptional children.
Aware of listening to what people really need or are asking for, we began hosting small groups from churches and health care organizations. In 1985, I was a young 20-something when I first walked through the doors at Sabbath House. May angels continue to guard its corners and to those within it, may happiness fill them to overflowing. The story discusses the hope that Pope Francis will acknowledge the need for a more open dialog that leads to a better understanding of the church. Sister Mary Irene is especially thrilled with the snow!They have been busy visiting with the sisters here on campus and have already had a lunch date with Bishop Kinney. She served as Administrator at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital until it merged with Douglas County Hospital (DCH) in 1969, and then served at DCH as Human Resource Director. He was followed by three others, including Bill Flaig, former CEO, with whom she worked until he retired two years ago. We served 407 meals to eager guests who loved the delicious food and enjoyed the warm fellowship.
Joseph, their friends and associates, endorsed the Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project resolution recently. By providing these links, we assume no responsibility for, or do we necessarily endorse these web sites, their content, or their sponsoring organizations. In our Constitutions, we commit to follow the example of Francis of Assisi by accepting the Gospel as our first and highest rule of life.
Human trafficking is a criminal act that violates human rights and exploits innocent people. The Franciscan Sisters’ Values Committee sponsors this annual award, given to an employee who lives and ministers the values of Saint Francis of Assisi and that of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. The remainder - $155,000 – will be designated for fuel assistance to ensure that all families in central Massachusetts have heat during the winter. United Way of Central Massachusetts is currently reviewing grant proposals in an open and competitive process for their Safety Net funding. United Way of Central Massachusetts is proud of all the students, teachers, parents, staff, and committee members who worked hard to make this happen.
He also served on the restructuring committees for 2 other Worcester Public Schools who were previously given the Level 4 designation. This request for proposals (RFP) is aligned with our strategic vision to LIVE UNITED by investing in educational opportunities, supporting strong families and building healthy communities. Programs that address basic needs within our 30-town service area, including food, shelter, protective services, and crisis intervention are invited to apply for this funding. Specifically, the programs must have a primary goal to prevent and reduce violence in the lives of girls ages 10-14 within our 30-town service area. As the holidays approach and we reflect on the blessings we have received during the last year, our minds and hearts turn to those most in need in our community.
Don’t miss this opportunity to have fun and make a difference in the lives of middle-school girls!
We can’t thank you enough for helping us to make this valuable programming happen for girls in our community! We invite you to be a part of our annual Holiday Wish List, which provides agencies and programs with a widely distributed, professionally published means of volunteer recruitment. Please allow your creative spirit to influence the development of these holiday volunteer activities. Garvin, says of their appointment, “I am absolutely delighted that we have leaders as strong as Moe and Pam to co-chair our campaign. Volunteers completed 16 projects at 10 different agencies for a combined total of 468 hours of service! For those of you who I haven’t had the chance to meet, I would like to introduce myself. Sue has personally inspired me as someone who has taken a difficult situation in her life and used it as motivation to help others.
Volunteers have the chance to give back to their community by teaming up to complete service projects for local agencies. In September, we host our Annual Day of Caring, the largest one-day volunteer drive in the entire region, where more than 1,000 people take to the streets of central Massachusetts to volunteer at dozens of locations for the day. The Main South market operated by the Regional Environmental Council also offers matching coupons SNAP and WIC and Senior Discount coupons. Low-income neighborhoods are often disproportionately affected by food insecurity and food deserts, leading to increases in health issues such as diabetes. In addition to supporting the Regional Environmental Council, UWCM also funds community garden programs embedded within high-quality early education centers.
The Express Yourself Program is funded by the Women’s Initiative of United Way of Central Massachusetts.
One girl will be attending WPI’s Camp Reach for Girls with a full scholarship, and three will attend the tuition-free WPI Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp. Tracy Baldelli, a recent graduate of Assumption College, as Community Relationship Manager.
The rigorous application process included an online application, a video, and recommendations.
Monthly daylong sessions will be held from October through April, culminating with a graduation in May 2016. We are eager to forge these new relationships and enable the members to participate in leadership roles to strengthen our community,” said Ann T. Since 2006, almost 3000 girls from central Massachusetts were introduced to the basics of finance and budgeting, setting the stage for future independence and confidence around personal finance. Depending on the time of the project, United Way will provide either lunch or a snack for all volunteers in addition to a FREE T-shirt. Volunteerism is experiencing a surge across our country and United Way of Central Massachusetts is poised to help residents find volunteer opportunities to match their time and interest. Research shows that when young people achieve academic success, have significant relationships with caring adults, and are involved in community service and extracurricular activities, they are less likely to engage in risky behaviors.
The meeting will take place from 6pm-8pm at the YWCA of Central Massachusetts, 1 Salem Square, Worcester, MA. Sleeper, who is the recipient of the Telegram & Gazette Visions 2015 Isaiah Thomas Award! Community volunteers who demonstrate a commitment to community service will be selected to receive special recognition for the valuable work that they do to strengthen the community. Community volunteers who demonstrate a commitment to community service will be selected to receive special recognition. Established in 1974, National Volunteer Week focuses national attention on the impact and power of volunteerism and service as an integral aspect of our civic leadership. National Volunteer week is an annual celebration of service to others that spans across the country dating back to 1974. Worcester County, MA has been allocated $411,466 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
The program has been instrumental in helping girls to realize their full potential academically, emotionally, and physically. On January 23, 1920, community leaders in Worcester established the Welfare Federation of Worcester, Massachusetts. With twenty-five founding members, the mission was to promote women’s leadership and philanthropy to create positive and measurable change for women and children.
Workers who qualify for the EITC and file an income tax return can receive a refund, even if they had no income tax liability for the given year.
Sponsors for this event and the work of EITC include: Bank of America, Commerce Bank and Trust, Internal Revenue Service, Santander, Southbridge Savings Bank, Spencer Bank, UniBank, and Worcester Credit Union. Each year, the EITC lifts more families out of poverty than any other federal aid program, providing families an opportunity to increase savings, reduce debt, and finance education or training programs. Thank you for showing us your love by your presence, cards, gifts, affirmations and to all those who assisted in many ways. The event is family orientated and kid friendly with children’s crafts, activities and face painting.
New feat ures included a speakers’ tent and a tour of the campus ground and the gardens on a horse-drawn wagon. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the gift of a beautiful day and the opportunity to welcome our friends and neighbors to St. Since it is our first year, we are doing a lot of projecting about what to plant and how much of each vegetable to plant,” Sister Ruth added. She has seen many changes in the Church and the Franciscan Congregation throughout these 75 years. Currently, Sister Lillian is involved in watercolor painting, sharing her abilities with others and is focused on living her life more prayerfully and artfully. She has managed the Clothes Review and the Mail Room, both of which are located on the grounds at St. She has served her Franciscan Sisters in Vocations and has also ministered as a missionary in Kilomeni, Tanzania. As Tom Fox put it in the National Catholic Reporter, there are those who are very happy with what they have witnessed to date, and there are those who have chosen to wait a while before passing judgment.
The earliest messages of our new pontiff are calls to live simply, to walk with the poor, to respect and engage in dialogue with peoples of all religious faith traditions and to reverence all of creation. This joyful music is sponsored by the Five Wings Arts Council and features fiddlers as young as five and as old as whoever wishes to perform. Francis, the Rosary, self-esteem and faces of God, celebrating the Mass and interactive games —all kept the campers involved. Even more importantly, I have learned from her how to listen with a compassionate heart and to respond with care and concern. In her retirement years, she ministers with the elderly and prays for priests and seminarians.
In Selma, Ala., she set up an adult day care center for elderly African Americans who often sat in a circle of rocking chairs praying, singing spirituals and talking. Any ministry to people will undoubtedly take a form according to the needs and requests of participants. As do the sisters there, we initiators expected to provide hospitality with space for quiet and good meals.
Now some regular groups include Franciscan Associates, Secular Franciscans, a support group, and spiritual directors and directees.
Prioress General Sister Rose Marie Riley, OP appears briefly in the video during the section showing the LCWR Assembly 2012 in St. On Tuesday, April 16, they welcomed sisters, associates and employees for a reception and presentation featuring Kenyan tea brought from home and mandazi, an authentic Kenyan sweet prepared by Terry Bernardy in Nutrition Services. If Sister Louise receives the most votes, ROCC will be eligible for a sizeable donation from Home Instead Senior Care. The mold dates back to when she was stationed at Bishop Peter Bartholomew’s residence in St.
At this year’s Franciscan Federation conference, the assembly of Franciscans responded. Stolen Childhoods provides an understanding of the causes of child labor, what it costs the global community, how it contributes to global insecurity and what it will take to eliminate it.
This portion of the donation will be administered to the Worcester Community Action Council’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Organizations that meet the qualifications specified in the funding guidance document are invited to submit applications. As has been the tradition for many years, the Community Services Program at United Way of Central Massachusetts is proud to present our 2015 Holiday Wishlist! It is our goal to reach many potential volunteers: youth, working professionals, families, and other groups from our community.
She has been actively involved in United Way for many years, and most recently served as the chairperson of the United Way of Central Massachusetts’ Women’s Initiative Leadership Council.
Not only does she have a great story behind the work she does, but she also has an amazing program to support busy individuals in eating well and feeling better. There are a variety of projects that need to be completed on Day of Caring such as painting, cleaning, gardening, and more! Through these programs, children learn about positive nutritional habits from an early age. It focuses on assisting African refugee and immigrant girls aged 10-14 in achieving educational and social stability through access to academic support, leadership development, and cultural expression. The selection committee sought motivated individuals who aspire to take an active leadership role in Worcester and the surrounding towns and who want to learn and hone new leadership skills. Eight programs of the 49 funded received increased funding for the purposes of expansion of services. The program’s calendar currently includes service opportunities at the AIDS project, the Big Dipper Ice Cream Festival, Community Harvest Project, and more. United Way of Central Massachusetts connects people and resources to improve the community by focusing on the building blocks for a good life: education, family stability, and health. If you want to provide a positive impact on a girl’s ability to improve her self-expectation and resilience, become a Girls Choice mentor!
Garvin, said of the event, “I am absolutely thrilled that the community always comes together with and through United Way. Sleeper promotes and fosters a culture of community service that permeates the entire organization. Winning volunteers and the nominating organizations will be recognized at United Way’s annual meeting on May 12, 2015. Volunteers will be recognized for the valuable work that they do to strengthen the community. The week draws the support and endorsement of the president and Congress, governors, mayors, and municipal leaders, as well as corporate and community groups across the country.
Initially a time of appreciation for those who give their time and energy to others, the week has now evolved into a vast communal effort to volunteer in solidarity with local communities across the country. They make their own decisions, become more confident, negotiate with others without anger and violence, and develop their own problem-solving skills. She recounts a personal story about how SMARTGirlsPlus has directly impacted one of its participants.
More than $3.5 million has been raised since its inception and used to further the Women’s Initiative focus of building, strengthening, and supporting the development of healthy, confident, and safe adolescent girls.
In addition, the work United Way has participated in has lead to innovative partnerships such as Main South Promise Neighborhoods, One City One Library, and Working for Worcester.
The EITC credits that go unclaimed by low-income workers represent millions of dollars of lost revenue that would otherwise boost local economies. This year’s theme: “Cotton Sacks and Freedom Quilt Narratives” substantiates the viability of the sweat equity investment made through labor and cultural contributions by Cotton Pickers and other Plantation Workers. In addition, she has also served her Franciscan Sisters as Community Secretary and Vocation Minister. The Franciscan Sisters celebrate Bilingual Liturgies four times a year in keeping with their commitment to their Hispanic brothers and sisters.
On the other hand, we come from a long history of choosing names, especially at birth or baptism, to remember someone we deem worthy of honor or emulation.
Whatever your thoughts on the new pontiff, it is well to remember that as Christian people, following in the footsteps of Jesus means living the Gospel as embodied in the Catholic Social Teachings, which guide our relationships with one another and with all of creation.
To be a sponsor of the event or to have a booth, please pre-register as soon as possible; late registrants are welcome but they may not be included in the printed guide. This is the seventh year for the Green Fair Folk Festival, which welcomed over 900 people in 2012, including 50+ vendors and various food booths. Cloud; we will miss Sister Cordy at Welcoming House as she moves to Little Falls in mid-June.
Sister Therese, a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls, is celebrating her 70th year of entrance to St. We did not foresee this kind of evolution, but we heard a call for a quiet, homey, welcoming space and responded. In the months before my trip, Sister Aggie prepared me to work in the Archdiocesan mission in San Felix, Venezuela, and to live in community with Franciscan Sisters Rose Mae Rausch and Janice Wiechman. At this annual event, individuals, businesses, and corporate teams will be recognized and celebrated for their extraordinary work assisting United Way in carrying out its mission. Although there will be pre-proposal information sessions on December 15 (Safety Net) and December 17 (WI) accompanying the release of this RFP, attendance is not mandatory for those interested in submitting an application. Don’t miss your chance to buy Saint-Gobain products at a discounted price while supporting your community!
Boisvert has served on numerous boards and committees, including the United Way of Central Massachusetts Board of Directors. Baldelli performed a variety of jobs, including planning special events at Assumption and interning in the Office of Development at UMass Medical School.
For the past five years, youth in the Worcester area have been volunteering their time, making new friends, and making a difference within the community. Imperial Distributors’ annual golf tournament to benefit United Way has raised more than $539,000 for the community, and their Annual United Way employee campaign has exceeded the $1 million mark! Nominating organizations will be notified in advance of National Volunteer Week if their submission has been selected.
This is the perfect opportunity for organizations and volunteers to seize the moment and share the national spotlight that National Volunteer Week deservedly receives. Last year, the Worcester EITC processed more than 1,900 tax returns for free and returned nearly $3.6 million to low- and moderate-income families in central Massachusetts.
The following evening, Friday November 13, the “Cotton Pickers Ball” shall be held at 7:00pm, in da’ House of Khafre, located at 300 Main Street, Indianola.
Presently, Sister Grace works with the Franciscan Sisters in Monterrey, Mexico.Sister Pat Forster was born in Alexandria. The school district will fund the salaries of five summer student workers to assist at the nearly two-acre garden site. Francis Music Center is a community school for the arts, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota. Cardinal Bergoglio chose the name of someone whose life and virtues he esteemed and wished to follow closely.
He was not afraid to confront the political leaders when he felt their stance was contrary to Catholic teaching. Special thanks to everyone who donated, those who helped to prepare and serve food, made bars, sold tickets, helped clean-up and visited with our guests. In accepting this assignment they said, “We are honored to have the opportunity to LIVE UNITED and play a role in building a strong Greater Worcester community. The Local Board is responsible for recommending agencies to receive these funds and any additional funds made available under this phase of the program. Even though she was well aware of the ramifications of joining a gang, Rosa was looking for attention, especially from boys.
All are encouraged to attend both events in costume attire worn in the cotton fields, such as “overalls and straw hats, etc.”The 1st Annual Historical Narrative Competition enhances this year’s Symposium.


Francis Campus, 1001 3rd Street SE, Little Falls (look for signs) and is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota.
We wish Cordy well as she enjoys a bit of a break before beginning a new ministry as director of Donor Relations with the Community Relations Department.
Cloud Children’s Home, religious education teacher, elementary education teacher, communications clerk, library aide and certified massage therapist. I remember rocking in the rocking chair, surrounded by the green plants, and feeling peaceful about my decision to cross the globe and minister alongside the Franciscans in the Venezuela heat. After her death, Sister Fabian maintained the tradition and bakes two lamb cakes each spring. As lifelong residents of the Worcester area, we, as well as our children and grandchildren, have benefited from our community.
We are looking for an energetic, can-do candidate who wants to work in a fast-paced and flexible environment.
McGovern, FDIC, Internal Revenue Service, Main South CDC, Quinsigamond Community College, Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, Unum, United Way of Central Massachusetts, WCCA TV-13, Worcester Community Action Council Inc, and Worcester State University.
Mississippi Delta high school seniors and MVSU students will compete for a trophy and gift card provided by Khafre, Inc and Lost Pizza, Company. While I was in Venezuela, Sister Thomasine, back in the United States, prayed for us daily. Advocacy is a singular voice speaking for those who cannot or the joining of many voices to call attention to an issue. Therefore, it is easy to want to support the United Way, which serves so many of our fellow citizens ”.
All projects must be delivered to the MVSU Social Sciences office “T” by 5:00pm November 5th, (or call organizers to arrange for pick up).
It is proudly wearing your LIVE UNITED shirt or discussing your actions for a better community over dinner. These agencies are responsible for providing meals, shelter, and fuel assistance throughout Worcester County, MA. Public or private voluntary agencies interested in applying for Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds must contact Jim Pepin at The United Way of Central Massachusetts, 484 Main Street Suite 300, Worcester, MA 01608 or call 508-757-5631 ext.
They are the first non-profit executives to serve in this role, a testament to the valuable collaboration between United Way and its partner agencies. 241, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for application instructions. Once she was more familiar and able to trust both staff and other girls, she tried more programs.
Professor, Public Policy, MVSU; Dr Alpha Diarra, National Cotton Spokesman of Mali, West Africa. Local storyteller Helen Sims will pay tribute to “the Spirit of Mama Lula.” Hollandale folk artist Dorothy Hoskins will showcase recent multi-media work on Cotton Pickin’ and Sharecropping in the American South.
The University is driven by its commitment to excellence in teaching, learning, service, and research--a commitment resulting in a learner-centered environment that prepares critical thinkers, exceptional communicators, and service-oriented, engaged, and productive citizens. MVSU is fundamentally committed to positively affecting the quality of life and creating extraordinary educational opportunities for the Mississippi Delta and beyond. KHAFRE, Inc.
Honoring the legacy of  “grandmamma-nem” in a university setting gives artistic and academic license to the pursuit of gaining more scholarship and international acceptance, of the contributions and sweat equity made by the people who picked cotton throughout the American South,” said Professor C.Sade Turnipseed, Executive Director of Khafre, Inc. As part of Khafre, Inc’s historic preservation efforts, a permanent marker will be placed on the MVSU campus in honor of cotton pickers from the Mississippi Delta, and those who worked the repurposed cotton plantation for higher learning, MVSU.The Symposium is free admission.
Khafre, Inc is all about building monumental programs that allow reflection, reconnection, and renewal.
This year’s theme: “Cotton Sacks and Freedom Quilt Narratives” will stimulate a day of discussion about historic preservation, leading-edge research, innovative practices, and foundational values.
The agency and resistance of these narratives will also reflect on the subtle and continuing impact of cotton on life in the Delta and throughout the South. The one-day event concludes with a good old fashion “black-tie” (or period-piece costume) “Cotton-Pickers’ Ball and Ancestral Celebration” at da’ House of Khafre located at 300 Main St. Julianne Malveaux; and, introduction by award-winning poet Chinaka Hodge the volume offers a balanced view of what our children face day-to-day, on the streets of America. Over two hundred years ago, the Akan Nation (West Africa) established the Adinkra Symbols to visually communicate a system of living for African people to observe and learn. Amazingly, just as with other inspired and spiritual writings, drawings, etc., the symbols are beautiful design concepts with meanings still relevant today. They bring clarity and resolve to the question, “What do we (the village) have to do to show support and love for each other and ultimately save ourselves and one another?” The experiences of today’s youth culture demonstrate a fundamental disconnect, to most people of previous generations. The young writers selected for this publication masterfully describe the challenge in dealing with today’s world. Because, it offers tribute to the “original” mother and her instinctual knowing of the spiritual paths that her children (all children) must take to find their way out of harm's way.
Revealed, in this collection of writings are a wonderful array of short stories, poems and proverbs that present a familial insight born by the great liberator of liberators, Harriet Tubman!
By Writers of the 21st Century is an affiliate of Young Publishers Network (YPN) and Khafre, Inc a 501(c)(3) organization working in the Mississippi Delta to improve the welfare and healthy living environments of children in America and around the world.### Thank You Mr.
Born in a cabin on a cotton plantation outside Berclair, Mississippi in 1925, his entire life, much like the lives of so many others from the Mississippi Delta, was spent in service to others.
Unfortunately, for most of his contemporaries (colleagues, family of friends) they never received the accolades, appreciation, or respect for their life-long work as cotton-pickers in the American South. David Matthews, MS Congressman Bennie Thompson, MS Senator Thad Cochran, National Parks Director Dr Jon Jarvis, Mr. Theodore Turnipseed, Sr., and millions of others understand the importance of sharing, and erecting a statue and National Park dedicated to the countless field workers of the American South.
Though unrecognized and unappreciated, these people worked from sun up to sun down tilling, planting, chopping, picking and spinning cotton, in the blazing hot sun … This and many other horrifying conditions of the historic Mississippi Delta evoked the music we call “the Blues.”On May 21, 2014, during the last year of his life Mr. King accepted our call to become the “Honorary Chair” of Khafre, Inc, a Mississippi-based 501(3) not-for-profit organization. Maya Angelou as the Honorary Chair of the Cotton Pickers of America and the Sharecroppers Interpretive Center project. The plan is to build a thirty-foot high monument on twenty acres of cotton land along Highway 61, just outside the historic Black town Mound Bayou, MS.
This is a historically rare opportunity to transform many lives in the Delta and engage conversations about race and social inequities in America. Sade Turnipseed is the Executive Director of Khafre, Inc and teaches American History at Mississippi Valley State University, in Itta Bena, the birthplace of Mr. This year’s theme: “Cotton Sacks and Freedom Quilts Narratives” will stimulate a day of discussion about historic preservation, leading-edge research, innovative practices, and foundational values. No one has ever “officially” said “thank you” to the people in the American South, who literally tilled the way to the economic greatness for many countries and regions around the world. Somewhere along the way the respect and honor for their hard-earned sweat-equity investment in the wealth of others was lost and buried in the bloodstained, tear-soaked soils of the American South.
Something “monumental,” needs to happen…like a National Park named the “Cotton Pickers of America Monument and Sharecroppers Interpretive Center” along the Blues Highway 61. Once the Monument is installed, the organizers’ plan is to turn it over to the federal government for the protection and honor that only this country can provide. It shall serve as a permanent reminder and ever-present sign of respect for those whose hope for a brighter day wore thin, while working from kin to kain’t (can’t see in the morning to can’t see at night).The world must be reminded of the work ethic held by the people in the South…in most instances it was an honorable legacy … the tragedy is they were never properly compensated, nor thanked.
King, (aka: The King of the Blues) will join the effort to build a National Monument in the Mississippi Delta.
King understands, as do all members of the Khafre, Inc family, that a healing will come through recognition and a true recounting of the history of cotton and its impact in the South.In September, 2009, Khafre, Inc, based in Indianola, Mississippi, embarked upon a journey designed to thank the sons and daughters of the South who helped, albeit it without accolades, fanfare, or even recognition, build the cotton empire that fueled the American economy for nearly two centuries. The impetus for the project: Cotton Pickers of America and Sharecroppers Interpretative Center (hereafter referred to as the Cotton Pickers Monument Complex) is the need to thank those who toiled in the Delta soil for generations without the pay, appreciation, or the dignity they deserved.
The Cotton Pickers Monument Complex would not only help heal wounds that have festered for decades, but would also help to empower the generations of family members who have been negatively impacted by this unfortunate era in American history.
This is truly a historic endeavor that has the rare opportunity of actually transforming lives, communities, and the conversations about race in America and throughout the world.           These deeply held convictions of education and empowerment are keys to improving the quality of life for all within the Delta.
They have helped to catapult Khafre into numerous projects, which are all connected to the vision and mission of this value-driven and movement-oriented organization that is designed to provide historical, health related, and cultural education and outreach to the communities of the Mississippi Delta.
Khafre has already helped young people successfully publish literature, prepare for careers in the television and radio broadcast industry, produce staged events and engage in healthy behaviors through diet and exercise, all with the assistance of grant dollars and strategic partnerships.The crowning work of Khafre remains the Cotton Pickers Monument Complex, a dream, which is coming closer to fruition, day by day, because of the unprecedented support of Mr. We have also received Congressional acknowledgment and endorsement from United States Congressmen, Bennie Thompson and Danny Davis, official endorsements from United States Senators, Thad Cochran and Roger Wicker, and expressed support from Dr John Jarvis, National Parks Director.
Carroll Van West and Rebecca Conard from Middle Tennessee State University’s History Department, along with the ongoing partnership with Mississippi Valley State University, has proven a significant benefit to our overall project. We are now ready to raise the $26 million dollars to make the Cotton Pickers Monument complex a reality.
We look forward to hearing from you and to welcoming your partnership in the building of this long overdue and much needed monument.It is time!Most sincerely,C. The goal is to obtain as much first-hand information as possible relating to the development of America’s Cotton Kingdom (aka the Delta).In the aftermaths of completing the academic study for a Doctorate in Public History at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU), Professor C.
Turnipseed’s theory that perceptions of sharecropping, tenant farming, etc, will be altered in ways that are beneficial to the legacy of the American South when the memory of elders are shared. The monument site is envisioned to become a National Park; and thereby “the place” for memory and community sharing in the Mississippi Delta, for educational, economic development, and international tourism purposes. King and former honorary chair Dr Maya Angelou who are determined to improve the legacy and social-economic status of Mississippi Delta residents. The purpose of the organization is to provide educational, lifestyle and cultural programs, build monuments and memorials to honor, celebrate, and recognize the rich and complex history of the Mississippi Delta and to positively impact the quality of life of those living in the Delta, especially the disproportionately poor African American community.
There is no documented official acknowledgment of the people who tilled the path to America’s greatness.
Somewhere along the way buried in the tear-soaked soils of the American South, the respect and honor for their hard-earned investment was lost. The Cotton Pickers of America Monument, Sharecroppers Interpretive Center, and Cotton Kingdom Trail make the case for building a National Park that offers a small token of appreciation for their tireless uncompensated work. Sade Turnipseed is the founder of Khafre, Inc., which has developed the Cotton Pickers of America Monument, the Sharecroppers Interpretive Center, and the Cotton Kingdom Historical Trail, among many other projects. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola and the former cultural arts director for the Mississippi Action for Community Education--MACE (producers of the MS Delta Blues and Heritage Festival) in Greenville. Turnipseed is the recipient of several community service and arts advocacy awards, and she was an independent candidate for mayor of the city of Indianola in 2013.
For the past eight years Turnipseed was the host of “Delta Renaissance,” a cultural arts talk show focusing on the arts, education, and political issues in the Mississippi Delta. Winter Building Wednesday, June 18: Former Secretary of State Dick Molpus talks about his experience during the Philadelphia civil rights murders of 1964. Wednesday, July 2: Filmmaker Wilma Mosley-Clopton will show and discuss her new film, "Did Johnny Come Marching Home?" about people of African descent who fought to free themselves in the Civil War. Wednesday, September 25: Author Robert Blade will talk about his book, "Tupelo Man," a biography of George McLean.
I whole-heartedly agree with the editor that the African American community has proven to the world an uncanny, though unreciprocated, ability to be forgiving of past deeds of injustice, brutality and cruelty at the voting polls, and socially in their community service groups, churches and everyday lives. This point should not be lost on the fact that many of those injustices happened here, in Indianola, Mississippi, to some amazingly strong and resilient individuals like Fannie Lou Hamer and all those who came before her. But, I can’t help but wonder why the White community isn’t reciprocating and showing the same confidence and trust in racial relations?As Smith indicates, the incumbent received “between 32 and 37% of the votes in the three wards with large Black majorities, despite going up against two black opponents, with strong followings. That’s impressive for a white candidate in a city and region with a history of racially divided politics.” I agree. When we examine the voter polls in the wards that are predominately African American, reflected is a general evenness for all candidates, be they Black or White. The same, however, cannot be said about the two wards that reflect the primarily White community.
I submit to you the following:In wards I, and II, which are the two wards with the largest white population of voters, we see results that reflect an uncompromising resistance to acceptance and change.
With an overall total of 952 votes cast: 732 went to the White candidate and 220 for the two Blacks, combined)…check that! Surely, it cannot be left up to one segment of the community, and not the other.I truly wish Smith had stressed this very critical point, instead of throwing shade on the outcome of a campaign I have yet to wage. And for the record, as a citizen, it is my right to be afforded the opportunity to run a fair and unbiased race for mayor, without subtle suggestions that it is a waste of my time, as inferred in his editorial.
But, then again maybe he knows more than I about how citizens of wards I and II will ultimately vote. And to also trust that the leaders of this community will look out for their best interest, politically, economically and socially.
After all we live in a community that is 84% African American with a poverty rate that is fast approaching 40% and a public school system that is in deplorable condition, both physically and academically, even under the watchful eye of the government, yet there is no outrage…from either the White side, or the Black side of town.
And, I have never believed it was necessary to wait until political season to demonstrate my commitment to the people in my community. If, by chance I am truly embraced by all members of all wards of this city, I believe people will witness an amazing transformation in a relatively short period of time.
It’s “almost” like magic…I predict things will begin to unfold in a substantive way like the neighborhoods will brighten, crime decreases and the impoverished mindset disappears. And I am passionate enough to find the tools to help remedy the concerns that create stagnation and distrust.
Please remember, we are a people who come from a very long tradition of women who made a way out of no way.My overall ambition and hope for this city is to develop a strategic plan that enables a steady stream of culturally enriched projects that insures economic development for the future growth and safety in this city.
So programs that not only engage everyone, but present real opportunities for career enhancements and social activities are critical. King Museum that I visualized and administered) Thanks Carver Randle, Sr for that wonderful quote.
I just wish he read my bio, or googled me, before publishing doubts about my abilities for success. For the past three years, I have been sitting relatively quietly completing the doctorate in history. Now, I am ready to shake up this town with some bold ideas and ever increasing standards for excellence. I look forward to being a significant force in this community, by helping the White community too recognize the benefits of building relationships that they can trust in leadership positions. We MUST work together to improve our community—by encouraging EVERYONE to clean on our streets, bayou, parks, etc. We have some huge unmet challenges here in Indianola, and how YOU decide to vote On December 10, 2013, is vital to our success.
Also, please be sure to come to this year's event in your overalls, or cotton pickin' clothes. The event is the impetus that gave rise to the “Remigration Home from Chicago to Mississippi” cultural movement organized by music promoters Gus Redmond and Robert Terrell.
Legendary blues and gospel performers Otis Clay, Syl Johnson and Marshal Thompson (founder and lead singer of the ChiLites); along with promoter Gus Redmond will lead the way back home to Mississippi in an effort to support the Cotton Pickers of America Monument and Sharecroppers Interpretive Center project in the historical Cotton Kingdom AKA the Mississippi Delta. Though the Ball is a “Black Tie Affair” Overalls or other “cotton pickin” attire are encouraged and expected.“I am so pleased that we have partnered with Khafre to host an event of this magnitude,” said Dr. The discussions and historical presentations will reflect cutting-edge research, innovative practices and foundational values.
Additionally, two noted scholars from Mali’s Cotton Manufacturing and Distribution will present via Skype.MVSU participants in the program include Dr. John Jones, interim provost.As part of the celebration, Khafre plans to erect a permanent marker on the site in honor of cotton pickers from the Mississippi Delta and in commemoration of the significance of this historical event. This will be a day of stimulating discussion about historic preservation, leading-edge research, innovative practices, and foundational values. The two-day event concludes with a good-old-fashion “black-tie” (or period-piece costume) “Cotton-Pickers’ Ball,” on October 18, 2013.
This year Khafre, Inc in conjunction with Mississippi Valley State University shall organize the USA’s premier interdisciplinary professional meeting on cotton, sharecropping, and its cultural significance. The deadline is September 6, 2013.Plan to join us in Itta Bena, Mississippi!This is your chance to catch up with old friends and colleagues at The Valley, make important new contacts, discuss the latest in cultural management, stay current with research findings in the historic preservation field, and connect with people who share your core values. We invite all community-based experts in any field to become a part of the challenge to address issues of: unemployment, entrepreneurship, illiteracy, poor self-esteem, teen pregnancy, obesity, hopelessness, communication skills, journalism and creative writing, etc. Situated on the bayou waterfront at 103 and 105 Main Street, in historic downtown Indianola, da' House is the place where folks come together in the spirit of unity and love for Mississippi Delta culture, particularly its blues, spirituals and teacakes! On the historical Wall of Fame are signatures by musicians from Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria, Norway, Belguim, China, Japan, France, Cameroon, Cote d'Ivoire and Mississippi, of course. Beginning Friday, June 1, 2012, at 7 pm, the folks at da' House will be carrying on in grand teacake style, until Sunday June 3rd, around midnight. Celebrating da love that is shared all around the world for da Delta music, art and culture. The 2nd Anniversary Celebration is dedicated to Deltas own David Honeyboy Edward, David Lee Durham, David Thompson and Mississippi Slim. These legendary bluesmen have recently joined the ancestors and will be honored by several local artists and civic leaders: Mickey Rogers, Dr. These artists and many others will perform on da historical Front Porch stage where the legendary bluesman Sam Chatmons music room door is gracefully hinged. The door, the traditional quilts, the African art, the sweet smell of Soul Food and the Delta cotton provide a rural sophistication and ambiance that is reminicient of the culture and folk art once owned and coveted by grandmamma-nem. Indeed, it is "The home for artful giving, music and songs," as Chicago-based Blues promoter Lynn Orman Weiss described da' House on her most recent visit to the Delta. And, since da' House is located at the epicenter of the Cotton Kingdom, visitors can expect that authentic soothing, and often times healing, Mississippi Delta experience to be dosed up in abundantly royal fashion, every time they come to da' House! Co-owners Robert Terrell and C.Sade Turnipseed extend a personal and heartfelt invitation for everyone to come on out to da House and help celebrate two-years of Delta art, music and culture. She is also the first African-American female president to lead a Mississippi public university. Since assuming her position on January 1, 2009, she has launched The Valley Renaissance, the institutions five-year strategic plan, which is pictorially depicted by the African Adinkra symbol of a Sankofa a bird that flies with his head facingbackwards as he advances forward without getting off track. Grammy-winning blues musician David "Honeyboy" Edwards, believed to be the oldest surviving Delta bluesman and whose roots stretched back to blues legend Robert Johnson, died early Monday, Aug. Maya Angelou agreed to graciously lend her name to the Cotton Pickers of America Monument and Sharecroppers Interpretive Center project that is in development, in the Mississippi Delta.
C.Sade Turnipseed, Founder of the Monument project and Executive Director of Khafre, Inc, recently made the announcement in a community meeting held at da House of Khafre, in Indianola.
Our teams collective effort honors the sacrifices made by millions of Americans and purposefully gives dignity back to the legacy of those who spent their entire lives working, tirelessly to build this country.Dr. Smith Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University, joins a long and growing list of American citizens, who have also expressed the desire to support this project and demonstrate their respect and gratitude to every man, woman and child that picked cotton and were never thanked, nor properly compensated as enslaved workers or as sharecroppers, throughout the American south.The Khafre, Inc team is composed of a governing Board of Directors, a Steering Committee, a Board of Advisors and several political and community leaders that include faculty members from the History Department at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU).
The governing Board selected world-renowned monument designer, Ed Dwight, to develop the thirty-foot statue and sculptural park. It offers educational workshops, seminars and conferences for the entire community that celebrate Mississippis culture and its contributions to world history, including music, cuisine, writing, andotherartistic expressions.
Turnipseed is also the host of Delta Renaissance, the number one cultural arts television talk show in the Delta, which airs weekly on WABG-TV, WABG-Radio and Delta Fox-10 television networks.Plans are also underway to incorporate the completed work into the National Parks Services, to insure prosperity and proper maintenance of the Monument.
To help the Cotton Pickers of America Monument and Sharecroppers Interpretive Center be included as part of the National Parks System, please sign the online petition.
To have name(s) of family members included in the Monument, download a Legacy Brick application; both petition and application are available on the Khafre, Inc.
Sato returns to the Front Porch Stage solo, on Sunday March 6th, at 6pm, to kick off the Cultural Competency workshop series. These are on-going cultural appreciation classes presented for the first time in the Delta, by Khafre, Inc (a Mississippi-based non-profit organization).Sato, who was born and raised in Japan, will introduce to American audiences his interpretation of Mississippi Delta Blues and perform on one of his traditional instruments called a Samisen.



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