Since Inez Singletary, my sister, relocated to Los Angeles, California in the early 80s, most of our collaborations have been long distance. Through Vision Carriers, we publish the “Lunations” which Inez has been faithfully and freely writing for 25 years. Vision Carriers, which I conceived in 1986 to nurture the growth and development of individuals in various states of transition and launched on line in 2006, is the proud publisher of Inez’ first book, Making What Your Means Can’t Buy.
However, Inez and I were dazzled and delighted to spend four days together on the east coast speaking and presenting workshops.
First, on Wednesday, March 24th we traveled to Penn State for a reunion and panel on The National Black Feminist Organization (NBFO) Also on the panel were our sisters Jane Galvin-Lewis, Dr. Dorothy E King, and Eugenia Wiltshire. The National Black Feminist Organization began in 1975 when Margaret Sloan Hunter, an editor at Ms Magazine, envisioned an organization that would help Black women address the double oppression of racism and sexism. Sponsored by the Penn State Harrisburg Commission for Women and PenOwl Productions, we presented three times in two days and also enjoyed two luncheons with faculty and students of Penn State. Inez and I felt profoundly happy to be reunited with our NBFO sisters, several of whom we hadn’t seen in 30 years.
On Saturday, we presented a workshop for the 5th Annual Women of Power: Modernity and Matriarchy in African Spiritual Traditions at the Dwyer Cultural Center in Harlem, New York sponsored by the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute. Our workshop was on Moon Rituals and the conference was presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Wearing Spirit: Aesthetically Personifying the Feminine in African Sacred Traditions, curated by Shantrel Lewis. (I have two pieces i the show.)
On Sunday, we gathered branches, feathers, cowries, beaded fringe, wire, crystals, etc. and headed back to Harlem to present the Word Wand Workshop. Inez gave a talk about the power of the words we speak and why we must stand guard at the doorway of our minds. Creating the Word Wand provided a tool for lifting our thoughts since our speech is like a wand directing the Universal Creative Intelligence.
Inez just called to say she has arrived safely in Los Angeles. Forever, I treasure the time spent living my dream, serving as a vision carrier and being uplifted and inspired by the people with whom I met, worked, and dreamed.