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A Bridge to Now

Last Saturday I attended Oprah Winfrey’s Legends Ball and it was one of the most rewarding evenings of my life, next to the birth of my daughters Nina and Mercedes. Standing on the silver carpet a sense of calm overcame me as my eyes fell upon African-American icons including Dr. Maya Angelou, Pastor Shirley Caesar, Elizabeth Catlett, Ruby Dee, Roberta Flack, Coretta Scott King (I was speechless as she walked within touching distance of me), Gladys Knight, Patti LaBelle, Leontyne Price, Della Reese, Diana Ross, Naomi Sims, Tina Turner, Cicely Tyson, and Nancy Wilson. These remarkable women were touching me and holding my hands and talking to me; not once did I feel starstruck. Rather, I felt I was talking with family.


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