Wordless Wednesday: Betty Porter-Teacher Christmas Greeting

I just came across this picture in a box I was going through and thought, “How Cute.”  Just wanted to share this photo of my mom as a school teacher.  My mom’s 3rd year as a teacher and 1st School.

Betty Porter, December 1963 (37 years old)
Rosewood Elementary School, Los Angeles
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Zara Cully Brown: Funeral Card Friday

January 26,1892 – February 28,1978
Program Card
Inside of Program Card

I wrote about Zara in a prior post Zara Frances Cully Brown, but wanted to share her actual program.  I was 10 years old when I went to her funeral.  Below, I am posting the last performance that my Aunt Zara was playing as Mother Jefferson.

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Wally Porter and Jody- Talented Tuesday

My late father, Dr. Walter James Porter, had been a part of the Black Entertainment scene in Los Angeles, CA in the 1950’s and 1960’s.  During this era, many entertainers performed in Black Night Clubs, as the Jim Crow Era was the political framework of the day.  The Black Night clubs were located in the ghetto’s and the performers would perform not only in the clubs, but at parties, and other social gatherings.  During this time there was no formal Comedian, Jazz, Entertainment circuit for African Americans.

My father opened for Jazz Artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Lionel Hampton and other Big Name Comedians Such as Red Foxx.  Wally would perform his famous act with Jody and would go everywhere with this little guy with a hat.

Wally Porter also had many other talents as he wrote lyrics and music (of which two songs are played by Jimmy Witherspoon-3rd Floor Blues) Third Floor Blues, played the Bongo Drums and was a wonderful Dancer.  He and my mother could really cut the rug…

Walter and Betty Porter dancing at Walter’s Retirement Party
Advertisement, March 3, 1960

Just a little Trivia….My Father would scare the color off of us when he would hide behind the corner and pop out with Jody staring at us when we least expected it…. My Dad could throw his voice, which would amaze us…Growing up With Wally Porter and Jody was a blast…Interesting enough, when my father died in 2001, so did Jody…He began to fall apart….

Wedding Wednesday: The Greene’s and the Porter’s

 Mr. and Mrs. William and Yvonne Greene
William Bradford Greene and Yvonne LaFargue
William Bradford Greene was my Godfather, and served as California State Senator for 17 years.  He represented South Central Los Angeles and the cities of South Gate, Cudahy, Compton and Bell.  The couple was probably married in the early 60’s.
 My Parents: Mr. and Mrs. Walter and Betty Porter
Parents Wedding announcement
Parents Wedding Certificate

Married August 18, 1957

Walter J. Porter and Betty Mae Peters