Inequities and disparities are toxins planted with intention and inattention into the souls, soil, and systems within our communities. Our ‘strategies of choice’ in addressing inequities and disparities too often prioritize the comfort of the oppressor over and above the liberation of the oppressed.
Lemington Elder Care Services (LECS) was founded on July 4, 1883, in Pittsburgh, PA. It was one of the first Homes For The Aged that cared for black women in America. It was also the oldest continuously operated nursing homes in the United States.
In 1877, Mary Peck Bond discovered that her friend “Aunt Peggy” was living in a damp basement. Aunt Peggy was 100 years old and was also formerly enslaved. With the help of friends, Bond and her friends were able to find an apartment for Aunt Peggy. Thus, Lemington was born. Bond and her friends raised money for years until they were able to purchase a home to care for elderly. 4 residents were admitted on the first day (including Aunt Peggy). In 1983, a new 33 bed home was built on Lemington Avenue and the home was renamed Lemington Home For The Aged.
The 2021 King Holiday has Bernice King, daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., sharing some POWERFUL tweets today! Y’all better stop taking her daddy’s quotes and legacy out of context! Check out the tweets below.
“Please don’t act like everyone loved by father. He was assassinated. 1967 poll reflected that He was one of the most hated men in America. Most hated. Many who quote him now and evoke him to deter justice today would likely hate, and may already hate, authentic King.” -Bernice King
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“Apologies ALONE cannot undo the historical trauma, environmental
destruction, economic exploitation, and social deprivation exacted upon communities of color.
How can we get over “IT” when we are still oppressed by “IT”?” -Enid Gaddis
Another powerful quote from a SHEro on the frontlines Bree Newsome!
“Systemic racism kills. Literally. Daily. This is why I have no space for folks who try to reduce the issue of racism to a mere “culture war”, as though racism is just a bad idea held by otherwise decent people & not a brutal system that deprives people of humanity”
Black History: Special Delivery!! Today we are sharing another thought provoking quote from Fannie Lou Hamer! “….I don’t want you to say, ‘Honey, I’m behind you.’ Well, MOVE. I don’t want you back there. Because you could be 200 miles behind. I want you say, ‘I’m with you’. And we’ll go up this freedom road together. ” -Fannie Lou Hammer Fannie Lou Hamer (1917-1977) was a voting rights activist and civil rights leader. Much of her activism was concentrated in Mississippi. The youngest of 20 children, Hamer grew up in Sunflower County, MS. Hamer began work with her family sharecropping at the age of six. She is well known for coining of the phrase “Mississippi Appendectomy” after receiving a hysterectomy without her consent our knowledge. At the age of 47, she was hospitalized to remove a tumor. It was at that type that doctors also gave her a hysterectomy without her consent. Click here to read an earlier Black Mail post about the ” Mississippi Appendectomy”. Hamer died in 1977 due to complications from breast cancer and hypertension.