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Sondra Kathryn Wilson has just completed a manuscript on Southern history (untitled), and she is currently writing THE END OF AN ERA:  THE ROMANCE OF GRACE AND JAMES WELDON JOHNSON (2010).  Dr. Wilson has joined historians David Levering Lewis and Cary Wintz to produce a 2010 publication in celebration of "The Crisis Magazine's 100th Anniversary"

The film, GOD'S TROMBONE:  THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JAMES WELDON JOHNSON, is generating more excitement and momentum with each passing day.  The project team includes filmmakers Keith Beauchamp and Louise and Bill Greaves, writers and scholars Herb Boyd and A'Lelia Bundles, actress Jane White, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Harvard University), Louise Bernard (Yale University), Rudolph Byrd (Emory University), Howard Dodson (Schomburg Center), Johnnetta B Cole (Smithsonian Institute), Pamela Newkirk (New York University), State Senator Tony Hill (Jacksonville, FL),  historian Marsha Phelts, and many others.


"THE NEW YORK AMSTERDAM NEWS, as cogent as any newspaper of its kind, has rendered an incalculable service to people of color in our nation.  For a century, THE AMSTERDAM NEWS has exposed the habitual untruths about black life, given the public facts, and produced relevant and dynamic editorials and reports to provoke thought among African Americans in our long struggle on the high road to Democracy.

"Godspeed to Elinor R. Tatum and staff."

Dr. Sondra Kathryn Wilson
(from the December 9, 2009, issue of the AmNews.)

Since the Site has gone up, a number of questions have been raised.  Many questions regarding the Johnsons' family will be addressed in the upcoming book, THE END OF AN ERA.  In the meantime, I'd like to address a question regrading Mrs. Ollie Jewel Sims Okala.  She was a graduate of Philander Smith College (BA degree), Meharry Medical College (RN, Nursing), and Columbia University in the city of New York (MA in Public Health Nursing).  Mrs. Okala was the first African American supervisor of nursing at New York's Roosevelt Hospital beginning in the early 1940s.  She also taught nursing at Roosevelt.  She and anthropologist Dr. Julius Okala were married on April 17, 1942, in New York City.

Come again and check out "The 4 Pennies."

LATEST UPDATE:  December 23, 2009