Women in the south have long been a force behind successful initiatives to lift up those in need, support community causes of merit, and create cultures of social change for the neighborhoods where they abide. In the 30s in Paducah, a group of just such women formed the Charity League—an organization of like-minded women devoted to acquiring funds to undergird the local Friendly Home, which took in orphans and children in need.
1968 was a year of major transition for the U.S. The nation, mired in the midst of the Vietnam war, was in a state of unrest. We lost both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy within the first six months. Major protests marked that year’s Democratic National Convention, and the American Civil Rights movement blossomed into a force that could not be ignored.
Elizabeth Russell dips a paintbrush into a small dab of white. She gently moves it over to a sheet of paper that she textured with contrasting pink and gray watercolors. After the tip of the brush lightly touches the surface, she drags the bristles in a curve, the white paint leaving the brush behind in a streak on the page, instantly creating the forward part of a dragon’s wing.
As the daylight hours grow shorter and the outdoor landscape bleaker, we find the winter months to be the perfect time to curl up on the couch and catch up on some of the amazing stories being told on television. We asked you, what are you watching? Here’s what you are saying.
Judy Mae Kamp Rodgers - Greenleaf (Oprah Winfrey Network)