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Remembering Selma 1965-2015 “How I got over, how I got over, my soul looks back and wonders how I got over”

One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts; and I will declare thy greatness. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness. Psalm 145 4:7

“I have been in Sorrow’s kitchen and licked out all the pots. Then I have stood on the peaky mountain wrapped in rainbows, with a harp and a sword in my hands.” Zora Neale Hurston

“I am woman hear me roar” was the woman’s anthem before Helen Reddy sang the song. Women like Barbara Jordan, Lorraine Hansberry, Fannie Lou Hamer, Dorothy Boulware, Ntozake Shange, Shirley Chisholm, Marian Anderson Jedidiah Isler, Frankie Murphy, Ruth Sheffey, Dorothy Heights, Septima Clark, Vera Booker, Marian Wright Edelman, Patricia Harris, Mahalia Jackson, Aretha Franklin, Jessye Norman, Charlotte Ray, Damita Jo, Susan B Anthony, Priscilla Kelley, Madame CJ Walker and thousands of women were roaring and leaving “footprints in the sands of time.”

Always be smarter than the people who hire you. Lena Horne

Vhonda Williams-Lewis is McCormick’s rising star. Jason McCormick appointed her to the board of the Hunt Valley Business Forum representing McCormick and Company. Vhonda’s responsibilities at McCormick comprise of planning and executing high-level meetings and events for officials including the Governor, Baltimore County Executive, and McCormick’s board of directors.

“A woman who is willing to be herself and pursue her own potential runs not so much the risk of loneliness as the challenge of exposure to more interesting men  and people in general.” Lorraine Hansberry

Vhonda earned a dual bachelor’s in mathematics and math education from Delaware State University, and a MBA from the University of Phoenix.  She taught mathematics in the Baltimore City Nonpublic School System before joining McCormick. She is an alumnus of McCormick’s Leadership Program, Member Emeritus of McCormick’s Multiple Management Board and a Certified Event Planner.

“When you stop having dreams and ideals, well, you might as well stop altogether.” Marian Anderson

A recipient of the prestigious Charles P. McCormick Gold Award for demonstrating outstanding service and exemplary leadership Vhonda continues to excel.

“I want to be remembered as someone who used herself and anything she could touch to work for justice and freedom…. I want to be remembered as one who tried.” Dorothy Heights

Her social memberships include Network 2000, National Association of Professional Women, Maryland Business Roundtable for Education/Achievement Counts program, Baltimore City College Alumni Association and   the board of Boys Hope Girls Hope of Baltimore. A Baltimore County resident she is married to James and is the mother of Sydney and Jimmy and worships faithfully at New Psalmist.

“Don’t wait around for other people to be happy for you. Any happiness you get, you’ve got to make yourself.” Alice Walker

The Key Highway Ritz Carlton Sip Kitchen and Wine Bar’s unique way of ordering wine from a vending machine has created a conversation piece among the guests seated in the lounge area. The area overflowed with fashionable people sampling the countless wine selections including longtime friends Mitch and Lisa Gordon, Debbie Allen and Bernadette Christmas, residents who live next to the restaurant. I was delighted as Lisa explained the concept of selecting wine without the assistance of a bartender. Molly Dooker’s Boxer a Shiraz was my selection, Lisa and Mitch sampled the white wines.

“I live a day at a time. Each day I look for a kernel of excitement. In the morning, I say, ‘What is my exciting thing for today?’ Then, I do the day. Don’t ask me about tomorrow.” Barbara Jordan

This is how we do it on! WTF (Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) celebration time for longtime friends Judge Yvonne Holt-Stone and Lydia McCargo -Redd, Wednesday Yvonne’s staff gathered her friends and coworkers for a pre- birthday party celebration. Thursday we joined Yvonne at Jack Binion’s Steakhouse for dinner. Friday Lydia’s husband Sam Redd surprised her with a dinner party in the private dining room at Season’s 52 in Columbia attended by family and friends.

When Faye Wattleton turned 50, she stated, “I had not expected to be as settled down and as peaceful about myself as I believe I am now. Things sort of fall in to place. Those qualities and strengths that carried us through our 20s, 30s and 40s are even better, they’re even stronger.”

Happy birthday to my  youngest son Michael Gregory Lee,  Debbie Taylor, Jai Matthews, John Gilliam, Terrence Shields, Gerald Brown, Marsha Jews, Myron Bundy , Margaret Lee, Kendrick DJ5 Starr Tilghman, Ursula Battle, Anthony Jones, Paula Johnson-Branch, Michelle Emery, Dot Douglas, Aldonna Wylie, Gloria “Tuttie” Bogans and Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake.

The moment I wake up before I put on my makeup I say a little pray for you” Dionne Warwick

We are praying for a speedy recovery for Yvonne Coates, John Massey and Elvard Cooper as they recuperate.

“I found god in myself and I loved her. I loved her fiercely.”  Ntozake Shange

Sending condolences to Shirley Belton on the death of her brother Timothy Belton, Adrienne Davis on the death of her husband Eggy Davis and Tyres Jones on the death of his father William Jones.

“For a long time the only time I felt beautiful — in the sense of being complete as a woman, as a human being — was when I was singing.”  Leontyne Price

I’ll be seeing you! Valerie and the Friday Night Bunch.