Thursday, January 17, 2008

What Grace Paley, Harold Rogovin & Marsha Z. West Have In Common (Part I)

I write in haste as I plan to attend a noon Board meeting of the Providence Public/Private Library, and it is already 10:55 AM. They are still claiming that eliminating the 7 Child Life Specialists is the only answer. I will post more on this soon.

Marsha Z. West and Harold Rogovin and Grace Paley were 3 people who died in 2007. I doubt that they ever met each other. It is true that they all lived in New York City at various times. Harold and Grace may have been close in number of years lived.

They were all artists. Marsha: a dancer, actor, director, dramatug, and much more. Harold: a metal smith, jeweler, sculptor...Grace: a poet, writer of fiction, baker of pies...

Harold was the man who first introduced me to the history of Sacco and Vanzetti. We lived in the same apartment building in New York City ( on West 111th Street) for years. His family became my family.

Marsha, I first encountered through her acting at Rites & Reason Theater which is part of the Africana Studies Department at BrownU. I was blessed to act under her direction in the play, "The Candlemakers of Kletsk"[Angela Thurston] in 2005.

Grace, I met only once in Vermont, and I will save that story. Her activism and literature first touched me when I was about 12 or 13 ( maybe younger).

These three people inspire me...It is 11:07AM....

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