Spelman College.. The joke is on us!

I had the privilege of being honored by some of the most intelligent young women in Atlanta.  These ladies,  future Presidential candidates, Scientist, Professors all carrying loads such as  dual majors in Physics, Political Science, Genetics  and other unpronounceable subjects -would drop the brightest smiles and jokes that made me feel as if I were talking to my younger sisters.

On campus and during my interactions with these Scholars, my heart yearned to absorb all the sights, sounds and emotions experienced. I wanted to bring it all back home -off campus, into our communities. However, it’s not easily transported off campus, knowing the realities of my neighbors. At times, there is such a disconnect, you would think we’re miles away instead of ONE block away.

Are we the group causing the disconnect?

A few weeks prior I recall receiving  hundreds of  “Tweets” with a hash tag of #homecoming.  Honestly, I was annoyed that so many people had very little to talk about besides this event.  I mean, the minute by minute  tweets of “on the campus”, “remember it like yesterday”..”a great night with my sisters”.. “old dorm LOL” – and various other private YOU-HAD-TO-BE- THERE- jokes were a bit over whelming to a loner like myself.  Overrated for someone who lived off campus, worked full-time in corporate and went to class in between the chaos of a 9-5 NYC hustle day.

But yesterday I got it.

What I “got”, was the unspoken but heart felt strength and love within the sister hood.  In the stillness of “Sister Chapel” , among hundreds of women, I saw the bonds developed during those critical years when a  teenage girl leaves home and comes into her own.  The beauty I saw, was the ability to develop this identity in the presence of others similar to self (still beholding innocence), surrounded with faculty as loving and caring as a parent.  Developing in this nurturing environment is why these ladies have the strength to do so much, and still smile.  Weight is on their shoulders, but they are not being crushed by it, as they have each other to work through it.  The event was touching. The award left me speechless. The lesson I learned is priceless.

At 35, the impact was great. Imagine the impact at  10 or 12,14,16.  My daughters are always inspired after conversing with a college students – they are more than inspired, they are encouraged and future goals are reinforced. Confirmed.  No, not by a nagging mother telling them what they “WILL” do, but by a young lady-wearing shiny shoes (as Leah calls heels) , soft-spoken and speaking confidently because SHE IS THERE.

Are we using our resources to attain these results in our communities? Or are too many of us- loners, always on the go, hustle to hustle trying to make ends meet without enough time to STOP and allow our children to view a different life to obtain different life results..? Are we so set in our ways, and molded by the coldness of our life experience to take the chance and see what we could learn from these students?  Spelman is asking to be used.

Spelman College, dedicated to service and more importantly, they are dedicated to service within OUR communities. It is up to us parents, teachers, community leaders to reach out and ask for their support in our community projects.   Each year a new class eagerly enters through the gates.  Let’s not continue to keep the walls up.  Let’s not continue to let the joke be on us… our children will lose an opportunity that may change their lives.

How will you work with Spelman College in 2013?

Of course I have Real Estate related partnerships in the works.  Why do we not have more faculty living in our communities?  This will change.

More Info on Spelman College:

Spelman College is a four-year liberal arts women’s college located in Atlanta, Georgia, United States. The college is part of the Atlanta University Center academic consortium in Atlanta.[1] Founded in 1881 as the Atlanta Baptist Female Seminary, Spelman was the first historically black female institution of higher education to receive its collegiate charter in 1924. It thus holds the distinction of being America’s oldest historically black college for women.[1]

Spelman is ranked among the nation’s top liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Reports. The college is ranked among the top 50 four-year colleges and universities for producing Fulbright Scholars, and was ranked the second largest producer of African-American college graduates who attend medical school. Forbes magazine ranks Spelman among the nation’s top ten best women’s colleges. Moreover, Spelman has been ranked the #1 regional college in the South by U.S. News and World Report and is ranked among the Best 373 Colleges and Universities in America by the Princeton Review.

The daughters of Bill Cosby, Henry Louis Gates, Gerald Levert, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Sidney Poitier attended Spelman. Spelman is also the alma mater of several notable Americans including the Executive Vice President of Walmart, Rosalind Brewer, Pulitzer Prize Winner, Alice Walker, Dean of Harvard College, Evelynn M. Hammonds and actress, Keshia Knight Pulliam.

All work and no play…it’s not in vain…

Spelman College
2012
Local Community Service Award Luncheon

Nia Knowles

Award Recipient
President
Neighborhood Planning Unit-T

Dr. Jane E. Smith

Executive Director
Center for Leadership and
Civic Engagement

Camille Henderson

Bonner Scholar, C’2015

Dr. Beverly Daniel

President
Spelman College

Lauren Guerrido

Bonner Scholar, C’2013

Nia Knowles

Honoree

Dr. Jane E. Smith

November 27, 2012

12PM – 2PM
The Suites Private Dining Room

Busy Week in the West End

August was an incredibly long…but productive month. The last week leading into September was the longest for me…

The West End Merchant Coalition had a good turn out at their monthly Merchant Social, at the Wrens Nest- too bad my picture taking skills have not improved- lol.  But you know me- I was ‘in’ and ‘out’…had another meeting to attend. 😦

Frank Simmons, Suna Om, Oluyemi Yikealo (President Elect)
Frank Simmons, Suna Om, Oluyemi Yikealo (President Elect)

… Meeting with Morehouse, Dr Franklin. As Morehouse prepares for their NPU-T day of service; they invited the community out to discuss how we would like to see that day spent.

Mr Bertrand Set the tone for our meeting
Mr Bertrand Set the tone for our meeting

West End  dream wedding…it was a beautiful occasion/event as the owners of 584 Holderness St, not only seal the deal in selling their home- but also in their lives.

Shannon & Maurice
Shannon & Maurice

While the ladies of Spelman College worked hard to make bags for children throughout Atlanta. Dr. China has been wonderful to work with. NPU-T is looking forward to strengthen our relationship with the colleges.

Dr. J. China/ Spelman Bonner Scholars
Dr. J. China/ Spelman Bonner Scholars

I picked up 4 new listings:

4094 Tahoe Ct, Stone Mountain
4094 Tahoe Ct, Stone Mountain
2552 Plantation Dr., East Point
2552 Plantation Dr., East Point1841 Dorsey Ave, East Point2651 Plantation Dr., East Point

Now it’s time to get to the grind of selling them. Any approved buyers?

Please help me in the fight against cancer

(A note from a dedicated West End resident- we need your support)

He who has health has hope, and he who has hope has everything. -Arabian proverb

If it were not for hope I would not be here today. The hope of family, friends and even those who barely knew me gave me the will to live. Now five years later I am still here by God’s grace. Now for me to give someone else that same hope to live is my way of giving back. So, please help me in my efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Now, I do understand that we are in a recession right now but cancer does not stop just because the economy is in a downturn. If you can only donate $5, just know that every little bit helps. Your donation will help the American Cancer Society fund groundbreaking cancer research, provide up-to-date cancer information, advocate for all people to have access to screening and treatment, and offer free programs and services to improve the quality of life for people facing cancer. So please, remember whether it is a friend, family member, the neighbor down the street, or your own personal experience, we have all been touched by cancer in some way.

So please make a donation today at the link below or just come and join us as we give hope to those who need it most at the Relay for Life of South Fulton/Spelman on the evening of April 24 at 7pm until April 25 at 7am at Tri-Cities High School.

http://main.acsevents.org/goto/Laurisa.S.Claytor

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Relay for Life …

American Cancer Society

 

Relay for Life

Of South Fulton/Spelman

 

Paul D. West Middle School

2376 Headland Drive

East Point, GA 30344

 

April 18 &19, 2008

7:00p.m.-7:00a.m.

Please visit C-Force Team page HERE

 

Contact Laurisa Claytor for more information at 404/735-1412 or laurisaclaytor@gmail.com