Yvette’s Weekly Corner Part #1

So much has happened over the past few weeks, and I wanted to share.  I am not doing as much blogging as I would like to do as I have had to refocus on some priorities.

I am currently enrolled in the Genealogy Certificate Program at Boston University.  I really want to take my love of genealogy to the next level, and thought that this was one way to become proficient in the methods of research.

I have not really held a full-time job most of my life,  as I have been a stay-at-home mother,  and now I currently care for an elderly uncle.  Oh, I have always had temporary jobs, or occupied my time by going to school, but I have never felt so sure about my what I want to do until now.  I want to write, and I want to learn as much as I can in the field of genealogy, with the hopes of finding my niche.

I recently was asked to be a host of a radio show program with a local station in San Diego.  I eagerly accepted as I have made a promise to myself, that I would not turn down any talking engagements.  I made this decision a few years ago, because this allows me to come outside of my comfort zone.  I believe that when we move out of our comfort zone, we can be stretched, which allows us to grow.  The format of the show will be discussing genealogy and family history subjects, with a segment of an interview, and Q & A with listener participation.  As soon as I get my schedule, I will update you.

I can’t forget the wonderful interview I did with Geneabloggers!  I love being a part of this community.  I enjoy reading everyone’s blogs (when I can get around to them), and I enjoy listening to geneabloggers blog talk radio.  I learn so much from all of you, so I want to say “Thank You.”

Well, now it is getting late, and I am flying off to Las Vegas in the morning.  I will be reuniting with my father’s, paternal nephew (Willie)  and great niece (Cheryl).  I did not grow up knowing my Porter side of the family as my father’s mom, ran off the plantation in Lake Providence, Louisiana to California, by way of Little Rock, Arkansas and St. Louis, Missouri.  This thing called Ancestry.com connected us through the family trees.  When I return, I will have a report.  So good night for now, and may all your family searches be fruitful!!!

Genealogy Corner: Day #4

Keith S. Porter
My Grandson at Pre-school
Last December 2010

      Today, I read a few pages of chapter #3 of the Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.  I have the holiday fever, so I feel as though I have ADHD right now.

     I started working on the PowerPoint Presentation for my Genealogy Society meeting in January 2012.  I will be discussing Blogging Your Family History.  I have made an agreement with myself, since I am a recovering procrastinator to do at least 2 slides a day, so by the time my presentation date, it will be complete.

     I began scanning some of the old pictures I want to use for my presentation, as I would like to make a few collages.  When my computer crashed, I lost all of those needed photo’s, so of course, I am also backing up.

     I am also going to be moving my Blogger account to WordPress, as I have been seeing that individual bloggers on Blogger have been locked out of their accounts, and I am worried that it could happen to me.

     I received a book in the mail, Postcard History Series, Worcester by Frank J. Morrill, William O. Hultgren, and Eric J. Salomonsson.  I plan on posting on my other blog, The Cully Family: An African American Legacy, a few of the postcards that I feel are in relation to my ancestors.

     Before I go, I must do a little tooting because I made it in Randy Seavers, Genea-Musing: Best of the Genea-blogs mentions.  Randy quoted “Hundreds of genealogy and family history bloggers write thousands of posts every week about their research, their families, and their interests. I appreciate each one of them and their efforts.

My criteria for “Best of …” are pretty simple – I pick posts that advance knowledge about genealogy and family history, address current genealogy issues, provide personal family history, are funny or are poignant. I don’t list posts destined for the genealogy carnivals, or other meme submissions (but I do include summaries of them), or my own posts.” “
     So with this, I am so honored to have a place this week on Randy Seavers list.  I am learning so much from all of you that blog your family research, and those that help many of us to stay updated.  Again, Thank you Randy!!!

Unveiling of Dr. Walter J. Porter Portrait-Part#2

     The unveiling of Dr. Walter J. Porter was a very spiritual and symbolic event for me. It opened my ears and my heart to want to continue in my father’s legacy, and continue the Porter Foundation in San Diego to benefit the children of Title I schools in the Southeastern part of the city.  The artist Clarence “Pencilman” Pointer and I unveiled the portraits to the Walter J. Porter Elementary School’s children, parents, teachers, and community members of the San Diego Community.

I did a prior post a few days ago of the event. To read click: Unveiling of Dr. Walter J. Porter Portrait: Part #1.

Pencil Masterpiece Portraits of Dr. Walter Porter

Here are some of the photos that were captured of some of the 5th graders receiving Principal Awards before the unveiling event.  Photos by Mike Norris of San Diego.

Mr. Ruben Ortega’s 5th Grade Class
Receiving Principal Academic Awards

Speaking to the Students about Walter Porter

Dr. Maxine Sherard, me and Philip Liburd

Dr. Shirley Weber and Ms. McMillian (principal)

Dr. Maxine Sherard, me and Vira Williams

Rev. Ikenna Kokayi & Dr. Caroll Waymon

Vira Williams, Dr. Shirley Weber, me & Tracy Allen

Tracy Allen & Dee Sanford

Teacher, Ms. McMillian, Ms. Moore
Pencilman (artist), me & Dr. Weber

Principal Ms. McMillian

Porter Panthers
5th Grade Students

Porter Panthers
Clapping as the Artwork is Unveiled

Smiling as I introduce Artist

Me and Clarence Pointer “Pencilman”

Pencilman speaking to the youth
Encouraging them to use the talents that God gave them

Original Artwork of Dr. Walter J. Porter Unveiled

Pencilman, Ms. McMillian, Dr. Shirley Weber

More of the Porter Panthers

Posing with Artwork

Posing with Artwork
Mike Norris Photographer in this pic

Vira Williams in School Library with Artwork

Dr. Maxine Sherard

Makena Hayes-Gargonnu
Speaking about the mentorship of children

Dr. Willie Blair speaking about his Mentor
Dr. Walter J. Porter

Discussing with attendees of the reception that the Porter Foundation
will continue in the Legacy of Walter Porter.

Amanuensis Monday: Christmas Letter 1981, Christmas Memories

My mother wrote a Christmas letter every year. It is really cool to read these letters becasue frankly I forgot many of the years of my childhood and these definitely sparks my memory. Here is one I found and decided to share.

Season’s Greetings”I was hungry and you formed a humanities club to discuss my hunger.
I was imprisoned and you crept off quietly and prayed for my release.
I was naked and in your mind you debated the morality of my appearance.
I was sick and you knelt and thanked God for your health.
I was homeless and you preached to me the spiritual shelter of God’s love.
I was lonely and you left me alone to pray for me.

You seem so holy, so close to God.
But, I am still very hungry and lonely and cold.”

December 21, 1981

Dear Friends and Relatives,
     Here’s another Christmas letter from “old reliable.”  There are a few of you I haven’t heard from in quite some time.  Too bad!  We are interested in you and in the events in your lives.  For most of you, however, your yearly (or more often) communications give us a warm feeling crossed between “social security” and “Roots”, and we love you dearly for helping to keep our relationships alive!

     Walter’s job category has changed.  He’s now Dean of Student Services at the same institution-The Educational Cultural Complex.  It makes for a much better family life, because now he doesn’t have to work so many evenings.

     Marshall is in the tenth grade.  He attends Patrick Henry High School.  He “made” the Jr. Varsity basketball team!  This keeps him quite busy, and the feeling of succeeding is great for his self-image.  At age 15, he’s around 6 feet 3 inches tall, and still growing!  His clothing bill is staggering!

     Yvette is a very pretty thirteen and one-half year old in the eighth grade at Lewis Jr. High School.  This past summer a very silly boy shot her in the leg with a “BB” gun!  It was considered wise not to remove it, so we keep a careful watch.  She is very interested in dramatics, and we’re going to try to get her into our “Junior Theatre” program in Balboa Park.

     I’m at the same school in the same room.  This year I have a 5/6 Gifted Cluster class.  I just finished training a terrific Student Teacher and will start-in on another one in January-and so it goes!

     We couldn’t resist returning to Lake Tahoe for our family vacation.  This time we stayed in a cabin in West Lake Tahoe.  “Wally” hit the Jackpot in Carson City, Nevada on our anniversary!  Such fun!  We also went to cute, quaint Virginia City, Nevada and saw Mark Twain’s desk, among other things.  Our friends, Ed and Yvonne Crute joined us in Tahoe.  It was great!

     Best wishes to you all for health, safety, love and security.  Let’s all hold good thoughts for world peace.  Much love,
Walter, Marshall, Yvette and Betty Porter, by B

Unveiling of Dr. Walter J. Porter Portrait-Part#1

     I loved and admired my father Walter J. Porter dearly.  The San Diego community respected and liked “Wally” as well.   Walter Porter was a community activist, and a highly respected educator in the City of San Diego.  It is my love of my father that I continue in my father and mother’s legacy as they both were educators.  Betty Porter was an elementary school teacher for over 30 years in the San Diego Unified School District as my father was a Dean for the San Diego Community College District.

     In 2003, I started a campaign to have a new school built under proposition MM to have my father’s name on it.  We were blessed not only to have one school named after my father, but the former Kennedy Elementary School in San Diego, which was also rebuilt named after my father.  They are both one school but they are called the North and South Campus.

     When the South campus was dedicated and  the ribbon cutting ceremony was held, I donated a painting of my father from the 70’s to be placed in the South Campus office.  The painting of my father was the only one the school had.  Many of the children did not know who Walter Porter was, and they did not know that he had been an advocate for education and for the youth. 
Invitation Flyer to the Unveiling
Dr. Walter J. Porter
Walter Porter with his dummy “Jody”
Ventriloquist in the 50’s & 60’s in Los Angeles

     The Portraits above were revealed on Friday, December 9, 2011. The Porter family and community had two Masterpiece Pencil  Portraits that were made by Clarence “Pencilman” Pointer.
     Clarence captured the spirit of my father through his eyes in the solo photo.The North Campus auditorium was filled with at least 100 students, many parents, and community members to see the unveiling.  The students were receiving awards for their outstanding  academic achievements.

       During the unveiling, Dr. Shirley Weber, an educator at San Diego State University, former board member of the San Diego Unified School District, spoke about the life of Walter Porter.  She spoke to the children letting them know that even though Wally had not been a President of the U.S.,  a Senator, or someone that had a big National position, he did have big dreams, and he advocated so that these students would have a future.  Wally’s spirit can be felt today by all the things Wally cared about.

     The Porter family and community had two Masterpiece Pencil  Portraits that were made by Clarence “Pencilman” Pointer.  Clarence captured the spirit of my father through his eyes in the solo photo.

Holding two of the Portraits that were unveiled

     After the ceremony, a reception followed:  More pictures to come of the unveiling and the children receiving awards.