My abuela Emy

My abuela Emy

My grandmother, Emelina de Clark, was a proud teacher. She was an independent, strong woman, who loved her family and loved to travel. Having lost her father at a young age she helped her mother raise her younger siblings, while also working from a young age to put...
Harry and Catherine Harmon

Harry and Catherine Harmon

My fathers’ parents came into adulthood during the Great Depression. My Grandpa Harmon had to build a home for his mother, two sisters and himself in “free land” in the Missouri Ozarks after they lost their family home. He did this while staying in...
Her Community was Her Work

Her Community was Her Work

Grandparents Day is especially meaningful for me because I was raised by my grandmother, Ellen “Olive” King, until I was age 13. My grandmother was born in 1912 in the South Bronx, part of the first generation of African Americans born in NYC after the...
Bill Flynn, On the Frontlines At Home and Abroad

Bill Flynn, On the Frontlines At Home and Abroad

My grandfather, Bill Flynn, worked as a lawyer and committed his life to public service and combating corporate war profitteering. As the son of a railroad worker in Michigan, he was the only one of his siblings to go to college and later pursue a degree in law. After...
Grandmama, Our Matriach

Grandmama, Our Matriach

Just this year, my grandmama Gloria Cooper passed away. Only a few years before her death, she was diagnosed with alzheimer’s and from there her health quickly deteriorated. But really, we knew something was wrong much earlier. You see, my grandma was all heart....