It’s been almost 50 years since I lived in Tuscaloosa, Ala. I go back from time to time, but not much after Mama moved to Cleveland about 35 years ago and later to Augusta, Ga. Except for a couple of cousins, all of my relatives have either died or moved away. My youngest sister, Susan Gandy, lives in Tuskegee, Ala. My other sisters, Charlotte Purvis and Chris Polk, live in Durham, N.C. and Oakland, Calif. area, respectively.
Many close family friends such as Mrs. Dorothy Smith and Mrs. Emma Henderson, two longtime neighbors from my McKenzie Court housing project days, are deceased. A growing number of my Druid High classmates – James Calvin Brown, Reginald Henderson, Peter Boyd and most recently, Ronald Thompson and Estella Robertson Carter – are no longer with us.
African-American women were excited about President Obama’s nomination of Loretta Lynch to replace Eric Holder as Attorney General of the United States. Since she has sailed through two Senate confirmations, her current confirmation ought to move quickly and without controversy. But Senator Mitch McConnell (R-Ky..) and his crowd seem to want to drag the process along, insisting on their “right” to question Loretta Lynch, and to make a spectacle of this confirmation.
There are dozens of vacancies in the ambassadorial ranks, among others, because Republicans have blocked Senate consideration of these appointments. Many Republican Senators keep saying they want to work with the administration. One way to show it is to move some of the appointments out of gridlock.
I was raised to be a real man by a man who was a real man…my father. He wasn’t just a real man, but a gentleman as well who put my mother on a pedestal when they met at Tuskegee Institute in 1941 and he never took her off of it.
My parents loved and honored each other daily, my father literally “worshipped” my mother, she loved him madly and cared for him to perfection, seriously. They kissed on the lips in the morning as my dad would be on his way out; they kissed when he got home. They kissed in public; they even kissed outside in the backyard. And every time they kissed, they smiled at one another.