Friday, June 23, 2017

Another moral to the story

Muni's "peace" campaign

From Heather Knight's column in the Chronicle this morning:

An offshoot of Farrell’s push for a Maya Angelou statue that is just great? Kids around the city are becoming fundraisers for the project. The statue would cost $500,000 — Farrell has asked that the city pay half and pledged to raise the rest privately.

When Shannon O’Neill, a mom of two kids who lives in the Jordan Park neighborhood, read my column about the effort, she had a stroke of genius. Why not have kids promise to read a certain number of pages this summer and be sponsored by their friends and family? She’s calling it Reading for Representation, and there’s a link on Farrell’s fundraising page to participate.

O’Neill’s 11-year-old daughter, Olivia, has pledged to read 750 pages this summer and seeks to raise $750.

“It’s important for them to say, ‘Just because I’m a kid, it doesn’t mean I can’t make a difference and help be an active part of the change,’” O’Neill said.

Rob's comment:
Okay, but there are other possible lessons to be learned from Maya Angelou's life---that even good/great writers can sometimes be foolish.

Like other celebrity liberals, Angelou made the mistake of supporting cop killer Mumia Abu-Jamal, as if he was "a political prisoner framed for a murder he did not commit."

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