Wednesday, September 2, 2020

Letters Aloud - All Our Best by the DMA

 The Dallas Museum of Arts is presenting virtual programs now and for $10 I watched a program called Letters Aloud. This was presented in conjunction with a Seattle group of actors. This program was about perseverance in times of struggle - pandemic (1918) and racism (then and now). It was well done, with a good flow, and very interesting choices. 

W.E.B Dubois wrote a letter to his daughter at a boarding school in England. He wrote of her challenges as a black girl. It was quite moving. 

Margaret Mitchell and her mother wrote. Alas, Margaret did not make it home in time - her mother passed from the Spanish Flu. 

5/13/1958 - Jackie Robinson wrote a letter to President Eisenhower. In regards to the president's comment to have racial "patience", Robinson wrote respectfully, "No."

Another letter had Frederick Douglass writing to Harriet Tubman about her devotion to the cause. 8/29/1868

E.B. White 3/30/1973 wrote  in regards to hope, "Get up Sunday morn and wind the clock, as a contribution to order and steadfastness."

Good advice in these troubled times.  Wind the Clock.  Let's keep going. 


  1. Hi Joanne - sounds an interesting collection and what a treat to be able to join in the programme ... good value - take care - Hilary

    1. You would love this. It was fun back in the day attending live programs. But the virtual is working out okay - a bit of culture from my own comfy chair

  2. Most interesting Joanne, Thanks for sharing.

    Take care.

    1. You would enjoy it and now have to deal with crowds.

  3. Good of someone to save all of those letters and put them together like that.

    1. I was thinking about it. Back in the day, everyone wrote. Now it's a collection of misspelled horrible tweets. Sigh

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    1. Thanks. Can learn a lot of history from letters back in the day.

  5. This sounds like a wonderful initiative, Joanne. Thanks for sharing.

    Damyanti at Daily (w)rite

    1. thanks. It truly is a good program. I've seen some previous years with different themes - one on Love was quite engaging.

  6. I've kept letters I wrote to my best friend one school holiday (before email, before - even - text massaging). He was friends with my future husband too, and was the first person I discussed Hubby's merits with :-D

    1. that's nice. For the longest time, I kept letters but did a clean out a long time ago. I do have some cards through the years that are special.

  7. Great they could be saved and shown. Perseverance is key .

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  9. Hey Joanne! Its Makyla and I was just looking on here thinking to myself oh my gosh! we are all so much older now, i mean dakota is already 3 and skylar is 5! i am turning 13 in august and i feel so old! Aunt Jamie moved in and we are doing great! Anna (my cousin) and i always fight though, but we are doing just fine! Can you post pictures like these every year? like easter christmas and, if you want, even thanksgiving or birthdays?