Annette Atkins

Annette Atkins was born in Montgomery, Alabama in 1944. She remembers the day when Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on the bus to a white passenger on December the first 1955. Parks is considered the First Lady of the civil rights movement in the United States. Montgomery is considered to be the birth place of the civil rights movement.

Annette was 11 years old when the Freedom Marchers took to the streets and sang their song  petitioning then Governor George Wallace to allow free voter registration. Annette still remembers the song. “We aint gonna let Governor Wallace turn us around.”

Divorce, alcoholism and ten gun shot wounds  could not keep a woman like Annette from sharing her story. Annette Atkins shared that story with me on June 22 2011 and I am thankful she was brave enough to do so.

Due to air conditioning background noise in these videos the sound quality can be poor. A transcript of the video will follow.

Do as I say; Not as I do!

An Interview with Start Loving, Washington D.C August 2010

If you visit the Whitehouse in Washington DC, you will more than likely see a make shift campsite on the mall, directly in front of the Whitehouse.

Start Loving is one of two people who sit in protest to remind citizens to stand up for their rights.

Irish Workhouse Center, Portumna


On Tuesday, May 24th I spent one hour with Irish Rural Development Manager for South East Galway and co-coordinator of the Irish Workhouse Center Portumna Project, Ursula Marmion along with  local historian and Irish Workhouse Center, Portumna  Chairperson John Joe Conwell.

The location of the interview was the workhouse in Portumna, County Galway in Ireland. A place that reminds of a line from a W.B. Yeats poem, “A terrible beauty.”

If you are one of the 70 million Irish dispersed around the globe, the facts of “assisted immigration,” as explained by John Joe Conwell are astounding. Please watch the videos to learn about the history, future and preservation efforts of The Irish Workhouse Center, Portumna. Who knows? You might even want to get involved.

Ernestine Cobb Interview on Video

Ernestine Cobb kindly spent over an hour talking with me about life growing up in segregated Fountain, North Carolina, her thoughts on civil rights, moving to Norwalk, Connecticut and her involvement in the intergenerational quitling project, Peace by Piece.