Monthly Archives: July 2014

Amazing Grace on a Friday Afternoon

Dr. A. Grace Lee Mims (left) and Dr. Regennia N. Williams.

 

 

If you have ever had the pleasure of working with Dr. A. Grace Lee Mims, then you probably  understand why some people may assume that the “A.” in her name is for Amazing.  On Friday, July 18, 2014, however, I discovered during an oral history interview that the “A.” is for Alberta, after her mother, Mrs. Alberta Edwards Lee.  Dr. Mims is an Alabama native, alumna of Hampton University and Case Western Reserve University, and former librarian at Cleveland’s Glenville High School.  She is an award-winning educator, radio personality, arts advocate, and my former voice teacher at the Cleveland Music School Settlement.  No wonder people think she is amazing!

 

Documenting Theatre History in the House

Terrence Spivey and Willette Crawford in the lobby of Karamu House.

Terrence Spivey and Willette Crawford in the lobby of Karamu House.

 

 

Willette Crawford officially launched the Karamu House component of the summer 2014 oral history research project by interviewing Mr. Terrence Spivey (Artistic Director) and Ms. Annette Bailey (Director of Operations) on Thursday, July 3rd. While Spivey joined the Karamu House family in the 21st century, Bailey has been a member since 1970!  Needless to say, their interviews will be valuable additions to the existing Cleveland State University collections.