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Children, Church, and Finals: In a private cemetery in small-town Arkansas, a woman single-handedly buried and gave funerals to more than 40 gay men during the height of the AIDS epidemic, when their families wouldn't claim them ANBO NATION This should be shared everywhere. In a private cemetery in small-town Arkansas, a woman single-handedly buried and gave funerals to more than 40 gay men during the height of the AIDS epidemic, when their families wouldn’t claim them. One person who found the courage to push the wheel is Ruth Coker Burks. Now a grandmother living a quiet life in Rogers, in the mid-1980s Burks took it as a calling to care for people with AIDS at the dawn of the epidemic, when survival from diagnosis to death was sometimes measured in weeks. For about a decade, between 1984 and the mid-1990s and before better HIV drugs and more enlightened medical care for AIDS patients effectively rendered her obsolete, Burks cared for hundreds of dying people, many of them gay men who had been abandoned by their families. She had no medical training, but she took them to their appointments, picked up their medications, helped them fill out forms for assistance, and talked them through their despair. Sometimes she paid for their cremations. She buried over three dozen of them with her own two hands, after their families refused to claim their bodies. For many of those people, she is now the only person who knows the location of their graves. β€œWhen Burks was a girl, she said, her mother got in a final, epic row with Burks’ uncle. To make sure he and his branch of the family tree would never lie in the same dirt as the rest of them, Burks said, her mother quietly bought every available grave space in the cemetery: 262 plots. They visited the cemetery most Sundays after church when she was young, Burks said, and her mother would often sarcastically remark on her holdings, looking out over the cemetery and telling her daughter: β€˜Someday, all of this is going to be yours.’ β€˜I always wondered what I was going to do with a cemetery,’ she said. β€˜Who knew there’d come a time when people didn’t want to bury their children?’"
Children, Church, and Finals: In a private cemetery in small-town
 Arkansas, a woman single-handedly
 buried and gave funerals to more than
 40 gay men during the height of the
 AIDS epidemic, when their families
 wouldn't claim them
 ANBO
 NATION
This should be shared everywhere. In a private cemetery in small-town Arkansas, a woman single-handedly buried and gave funerals to more than 40 gay men during the height of the AIDS epidemic, when their families wouldn’t claim them. One person who found the courage to push the wheel is Ruth Coker Burks. Now a grandmother living a quiet life in Rogers, in the mid-1980s Burks took it as a calling to care for people with AIDS at the dawn of the epidemic, when survival from diagnosis to death was sometimes measured in weeks. For about a decade, between 1984 and the mid-1990s and before better HIV drugs and more enlightened medical care for AIDS patients effectively rendered her obsolete, Burks cared for hundreds of dying people, many of them gay men who had been abandoned by their families. She had no medical training, but she took them to their appointments, picked up their medications, helped them fill out forms for assistance, and talked them through their despair. Sometimes she paid for their cremations. She buried over three dozen of them with her own two hands, after their families refused to claim their bodies. For many of those people, she is now the only person who knows the location of their graves. β€œWhen Burks was a girl, she said, her mother got in a final, epic row with Burks’ uncle. To make sure he and his branch of the family tree would never lie in the same dirt as the rest of them, Burks said, her mother quietly bought every available grave space in the cemetery: 262 plots. They visited the cemetery most Sundays after church when she was young, Burks said, and her mother would often sarcastically remark on her holdings, looking out over the cemetery and telling her daughter: β€˜Someday, all of this is going to be yours.’ β€˜I always wondered what I was going to do with a cemetery,’ she said. β€˜Who knew there’d come a time when people didn’t want to bury their children?’"

This should be shared everywhere. In a private cemetery in small-town Arkansas, a woman single-handedly buried and gave funerals to more tha...

Baller Alert, Beautiful, and Black History Month: OOM Baller Alert's Black History Month Facts- blogged by @Peachkyss β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Did you know DonyaleLuna was the black woman to cover HarpersBazaar and VogueUK ? Donyale Luna was the first black model who really began to change things that enabled more diverse beauty paradigms to break through. She was discovered on a Detroit street in the same year as the Civil Rights Act, which prohibited discrimination based on race, colour, religion or national origin. β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Donyale Luna was very tall and slender, and had the most incredible bone structure. At the age of 18 she was introduced to Nancy White in NYC. White was so impressed by the young beauty that she immediately had her sketched by an illustrator, and the result ran on the cover of the January 1965 edition of Harper's Bazaar , the first ever to feature a black model. That opened more doors for the model. She made history again on March 1966, when she became the first black model to feature on the cover of British Vogue in a stylish, Picasso-influenced composition shot. β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Due to her drug addiction, her career was cut short by an accidental heroine overdose. Donyale Luna has opened many doors for all the great models today and will always be remembered for accomplishments. bablackhistory blackhistorymonth
Baller Alert, Beautiful, and Black History Month: OOM
Baller Alert's Black History Month Facts- blogged by @Peachkyss β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Did you know DonyaleLuna was the black woman to cover HarpersBazaar and VogueUK ? Donyale Luna was the first black model who really began to change things that enabled more diverse beauty paradigms to break through. She was discovered on a Detroit street in the same year as the Civil Rights Act, which prohibited discrimination based on race, colour, religion or national origin. β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Donyale Luna was very tall and slender, and had the most incredible bone structure. At the age of 18 she was introduced to Nancy White in NYC. White was so impressed by the young beauty that she immediately had her sketched by an illustrator, and the result ran on the cover of the January 1965 edition of Harper's Bazaar , the first ever to feature a black model. That opened more doors for the model. She made history again on March 1966, when she became the first black model to feature on the cover of British Vogue in a stylish, Picasso-influenced composition shot. β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Due to her drug addiction, her career was cut short by an accidental heroine overdose. Donyale Luna has opened many doors for all the great models today and will always be remembered for accomplishments. bablackhistory blackhistorymonth

Baller Alert's Black History Month Facts- blogged by @Peachkyss β €β €β €β €β €β €β € β €β €β €β €β €β €β € Did you know DonyaleLuna was the black woman to cover Harper...