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Born May 18, 1953; got saved at Truett Memorial BC in Hayesville, NC 1959. On rigged ballot which I did not rig got Most Intellectual class of 71, Gaffney High School. Furman Grad, Sociology major but it was little tougher than Auburn football players had Had three dates with beautiful women the summer of 1978. Did not marry any of em. Never married anybody cause what was available was undesirable and what was desirable was unaffordable. Unlucky in love as they say and even still it is sometimes heartbreaking. Had a Pakistani Jr. Davis Cupper on the Ropes the summer of 84, City Courts, Rome Georgia I've a baby sitter, watched peoples homes while they were away on Vacation. Freelance writer, local consultant, screenwriter, and the best damn substitute teacher of Floyd County Georgia in mid 80's according to an anonymous kid passed me on main street a few years later when I went back to get a sandwich at Schroeders. Had some good moments in Collinsville as well. Ask Casey Mattox at www.clsnet.org if he will be honest about it. I try my best to make it to Bridges BBQ in Shelby NC at least four times a year.

Monday, February 02, 2009

Marian Wright Edelman and the Gaffney Connection

I met Marian Wright Edelman Saturday in Birmingham.
Shoulda known long time ago what a grand Historic figure she is, especially she was featured at Furman couple years ago.

http://www.furman.edu/press/pressarchive.cfm?ID=1035

But better late than never.
Turns out this Civil Rights legend and national political force has roots in my hometown of Gaffney, South Carolina, where her father was once a pastor.
Her husband, Peter Edelman, was a one time staffer for Bobby Kennedy.
It's all there at wikipedia if you want to take a look.

She was unaware of Tim Tyson and his essay on Gaffney in Jumpn Jim Crow, so I brought a little to my brief conversation with her as well.
She brought attention to her picture medallions of Sojourner Truth and Harriett Tubman who she said she wore to the Democratice Convention in Denver last summer where they all had a "marvelous time."


If you click on this link and scroll around, lot more links and anecdotes from a historic day in its own right Jan 31 in Birmingham, the day Stephen Curry also came to town.

Bham Baptist Covenant Event/Carter address video
by Stephen Fox on Mon Feb 02, 2009 3:14 pm
Mark has a good link at the Covenant site of this forum and I have some remarks there as well as link to bham news blog where lot of poison made the comment line.Looks like the reports outside of the Bham News are slow coming in.Looks like maybe Carter's entire address here:

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