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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...

Doctor, Homeless, and Memes: VETERANS COME FIRST ALL owN FOUR CAR TAKE FIRST VETERANS REFUGEES CHECK ON AVET LIKE IF YOU AGREE A group of about 20 veterans and supporters gathered Saturday at the Westmoreland County Courthouse in downtown Greensburg to counter recent protests against President Trump's immigration orders. Organizer Lance Baird, 48, a Navy veteran who worked as an intelligence specialist in Afghanistan in the mid-1990s, said the nation should give priority to the needs of its veterans rather than taking in refugees. β€œDon't you think we should take care of our own first before you worry about anyone else?” he said. Baird of Greensburg expressed concern about homeless veterans and those with inadequate medical care. He said the Department of Veterans Affairs needs more money to better serve veterans, noting some experience long waits to see a doctor. β€œInstead of spending billions on bringing over people that we know don't like our culture and our way of life, why don't we take care of our own first who put their lives on the line to make our country as safe as it is?” he asked. I'm 100% supportive of Mr. Baird and I'm very glad to know that at least a small group of patriots rose in support of Trump. This is disgraceful that left-wing radicals organize riots and demonstrations across the country, and those who voted for Trump are silent. Veterans' problems are much more important to America than the problems of refugees, and Trump's policy to expel criminals from the country is the right policy. An unprecedented media attack is organized against Trump because he is trying to protect Americans. I call on all the American patriots to stand strong for Trump and support him in all his undertakings. veteranscomefirst veterans_us Veterans Usveterans veteransUSA SupportVeterans Politics USA America Patriots Gratitude HonorVets thankvets supportourtroops semperfi USMC USCG USAF Navy Army military godblessourmilitary soldier holdthegovernmentaccountable RememberEveryoneDeployed Usflag StarsandStripes
Doctor, Homeless, and Memes: VETERANS
 COME FIRST
 ALL
 owN
 FOUR CAR
 TAKE FIRST
 VETERANS
 REFUGEES
 CHECK ON AVET
 LIKE IF YOU AGREE
A group of about 20 veterans and supporters gathered Saturday at the Westmoreland County Courthouse in downtown Greensburg to counter recent protests against President Trump's immigration orders. Organizer Lance Baird, 48, a Navy veteran who worked as an intelligence specialist in Afghanistan in the mid-1990s, said the nation should give priority to the needs of its veterans rather than taking in refugees. β€œDon't you think we should take care of our own first before you worry about anyone else?” he said. Baird of Greensburg expressed concern about homeless veterans and those with inadequate medical care. He said the Department of Veterans Affairs needs more money to better serve veterans, noting some experience long waits to see a doctor. β€œInstead of spending billions on bringing over people that we know don't like our culture and our way of life, why don't we take care of our own first who put their lives on the line to make our country as safe as it is?” he asked. I'm 100% supportive of Mr. Baird and I'm very glad to know that at least a small group of patriots rose in support of Trump. This is disgraceful that left-wing radicals organize riots and demonstrations across the country, and those who voted for Trump are silent. Veterans' problems are much more important to America than the problems of refugees, and Trump's policy to expel criminals from the country is the right policy. An unprecedented media attack is organized against Trump because he is trying to protect Americans. I call on all the American patriots to stand strong for Trump and support him in all his undertakings. veteranscomefirst veterans_us Veterans Usveterans veteransUSA SupportVeterans Politics USA America Patriots Gratitude HonorVets thankvets supportourtroops semperfi USMC USCG USAF Navy Army military godblessourmilitary soldier holdthegovernmentaccountable RememberEveryoneDeployed Usflag StarsandStripes

A group of about 20 veterans and supporters gathered Saturday at the Westmoreland County Courthouse in downtown Greensburg to counter recent...