I know you guys haven’t heard from me in a while. I hope you are all doing well, and I look forward to seeing you in Atlanta. The ATL hosts have been doing things this year a lil differently. Hopefully you have all received the Evites they have been sending.
We are 51 days away and I wanted to reach out to give you a little list of reminders.
I wanted to be sure you knew about the symposium the Kelly Miller Smith Foundation is presenting this week.
So much is at stake in upcoming elections that we decided to focus on equitable access and full participation in the electoral process. Our presenters will engage, inform and inspire!! I hope you will join us!
The symposium is offered at no cost. The program is about 90 minutes long and kicks off with a conversation between Valerie Jarrett, former Sr. advisor to Pres. Barack Obama and Karen Grigsby Bates, who you may know from NPR. This is followed by insights from Nsé Ufot – who led the New GA Project in registering over 500k Georgians to vote, helping turn the state from red to purple. We will also hear from Deirdre Reed, a 20 year veteran of community and faith-based organizing and Poet Gold, a spoken word performance artist, poet, and community “artivist”.
Just keeping you in the loop! Click the image to register for FREE!
Blessings, Kelly Miller
As mentioned, there is no cost to attend the virtual symposium but donations are always welcomed! You can do so by scanning the image below with your phone’s camera, or by clicking it to be linked directly to the foundation’s Paypal.
We, the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut connection are looking forward to seeing you all on July 8th, 9th and 10th for the SAH Reunion. We are planning an exciting weekend!
We will have the option for virtual participation on July 8th. There will be games and prizes! Join our “generation challenge”. How far can you go back in the family tree? Please submit your entry for The Blabbermouth. We would like to present it on Friday.
Do you have a talent? This is your time! We are planning a Harlem tour for Saturday afternoon then a Saturday evening in New York City! This is your chance to see a Broadway Show! You can buy your ticket online at broadway.com. We recommend Tina! The Tina Turner Musical. We will be providing transportation in and out of New York City at the time of the show or you may wish to explore Times Square which is one of the world’s most visited tourist attractions!
For those of you who can stay in town a bit longer, our own Joy Smith will be performing in Manhattan July 13th – 16th!
This is your family-website-guru, Anna-Marie, speaking. It seems I may have misunderstood some of my conversation with the NY/NJ/CT Crew regarding the purpose of the survey. Also, FULL DISCLOSURE, I forgot to post this…sorry Buni.
Anywho, here is an updated message from our Host Crew…
Reconnecting! Reaffirming! Rejoicing! We survived! We are now reconnecting, reaffirming and rejoicing! We, the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut connection are looking forward to seeing you all July 8th 9th and 10th. The virtual reunion last year was a blast! We are still planning for a virtual option for one night. But there is nothing like seeing you all in person. We are planning for a great New York City experience, but as we all know, COVID is no joke. Please keep in mind that all NYC venues require proof of vaccination for those 5 years old and up. We trust that all those attending will be vaccinated and boosted. More details to follow! Please remember to register on line. See you soon!
So, basically, the intent of the survey is to gather a better idea of who is still planning on attending in person and not to actually vote on whether or not and in-person reunion is happening. It absolutely is, and will have a virtual component on one day.
Love you all. Sorry for the confusion, but please still answer the survey if you haven’t already.
The NY/NJ/CT Crew are trying to firm up plan’s for this year’s reunion and need our help. Since COVID is still present and accounted for, they need to know just how many of us are planning to come to the reunion. They are trying to gauge if in-person is still feasable this year or if another virtual reunion needs to planned instead.
It has been a year like no other. Who would have thought that over one year into COVID we would still be wearing masks and social distancing? Although things are gradually improving, we still have a way to go.
We are also heartbroken by the loss of our patriarch Rev. Perry A Smith III. But we are “Still Standing”! We stand on God’s promises and know better days are coming! We thank God for those family members who have been on the sick list but are still making it through!
This year we are going VIRTUAL!! If you are a baby boomer like me, this does not come naturally. My audio is never on at the right time, or I have my camera on by mistake. Thank goodness we have millennials and Gen X and Z around to help. (Millennials are Gen Y – yes, it’s confusing).
We have fun events planned and are anxiously awaiting your presence! Please don’t hesitate to reach out to myself, Mildred or the comments section below if you have questions!
The NY, NJ, CT region is preparing to serve as your host for the very 1st virtual Smith-Anderson-Hubbard Family Reunion in its 50+ year history. So….what is a virtual family reunion? It’s an online version of what we normally do in person. We’re still going to have:
Family Game Night
Virtual Tours/Family Story Time
Open Mic Night (showoff your talent: singing, poetry, comedy, storytelling)
Virtual Family Worship
All on Zoom! Join us via Zoom from Friday, July 9, 2021 through Sunday, July 11, 2021.