- 101 years old
- Date of birth: Jun 18, 1911
- Place of birth:
Jefferson County, Arkansas, United States
- Date of passing: Apr 11, 2013
- Place of passing:
Vallejo, California, United States
|My purpose in life really has always been to make this a better world - Maudelle|
Maudelle, our beloved sister and aunt and friend, was fierce and loving. She was fierce in her love for us. Her commitment was unwavering. And while she has risen and left behind the limits of her earthly form, she has not left us alone for her Spirit is still with us; still by our side.
Maudelle came West in 1943, right in the middle of what is often called the Great Migration of close to six million Black citizens who left from the South between 1915 and 1970, and moved to Northern and Western cities. Maudelle led our family West in search of sanctuary and opportunity. We settled in Los Angeles, Oakland and Berkeley. Like so many others, she came looking for “a country and a people where social rights are accorded irrespective of color or creed.” But what set Maudelle apart, and defined her journey, is what she did next. When she did not find all that she sought, she set about the work of creating that country and organizing those people.
"My Dear Aunt Maudelle always stood up for anybody who needed a helping hand, she always walked her talk, and there was nothing false or fake about her!
She will forever be my "Shero". She made a gigantic difference during her stay here, and will be forever missed & remembered....."
"6/18/2013 I miss her not being here for her 102nd birthday. But she is not suffering any more. But happy birthday Maudelle you deserve it
""Not everything that we stand for can be changed, but nothing can be changed until we stand up for something." (unknown) That's what my Aunt believed and that's how she lived her life. I am proud to be related to her and to have had her in my life."
"(Continued from previous) . . . to try get her reinstated. Instead, he illegally fired me (I was out a year and later the City had to pay me a year's back pay!). When Boggan refused to reinstate Maudelle, she ran for City Council, at age 72, won overwhelmingly and became the boss of those who had fired her. She then led a reform of that corrupt administration!"
"Maudelle had an admirable record of engagement for social change even before her 20 year stint on City Council. Among her many accomplishments was founding two senior centers. But the conservative majority of the City Council fired her from managing one of the centers which she had founded. As SEIU President, I put a picket line around City Hall and (continued in next box!)"
"i remember when some of the antiwar progressives we supported and propelled forward became democrats courting state office. one tried to dismantle the berkeley citizens action party - our local politically organized group. cuz, well, our 2 party system doesnt tolerate any third party. maudelle went in swinging - and preserved the independence of the local bca. she never ever sold out!"
"For her 90th Birthday, she led a labor march of over a thousand up Ashby to the Claremont to support the hotel workers union organizing. We all sat in the street blocking traffic. The crowd sang her a robust Happy Birthday . . . then she was the first to be arrested. After she was arrested, the police officers took turns having their picture taken with their celebrity Vice Mayor."
"My first memory of Aunt Maudelle is her greeting us when we saw her in Berkeley and throwing her arms open to hug us one at a time...I felt an instant "love" connection that was sincere and genuine. Her smile was strong and I was not nervous or scared anymore to be in such a new place because of her."
"She was my first teacher and from 1st grade taught me all the things
that have guided my life. No one could have had a better model in
their life. She stood by me in my darkest hour and my love and respect
for her is forever maintained in my heart."
"I am so proud of my Aunt - If I am able to accomplish just 1/10 of what she did in service to others in my life - I will have considered that I had a successful life."
"Those we love don't go away,
They walk beside us every day,
unseen, unheard but always near,
still loved, still missed, and very dear.
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