Respectfully, I begin with how my friends and community saw me when we began our work in our community.
A Poem written by my classmate and closest mail friend, Myron Hines
About The Author
Recognizing Gloria Keith, leadership in the black community of Bay County, Florida.
Ode to Gloria
Poem by Myron Hines. March 1983.
Give them praise before they are gone to let them know the seed they have sewn.
Have not gone unnoticed.
Let them know that someone cares.
But there is one who dares
To mobilize the community’s paralysis.
Stand strong behind him, every one.
Work we must in unison.
Until we get the job done.
Then came Gloria, ready to take up the fight prepared to do battle till dawn’s early light.
An uphill climb. She knows it will be But there is an end she can stubbornly see.
Patience is not her best virtue.
She will not hesitate to take up an issue.
So she picked up some pieces of a scattered community looked for some more and try to establish unity.
She took up arms of mind-body soul and will and went out in the crowd without fear of fighting uphill.
Do battle, she did, and so well does she fight.
She takes on things wrong and tries to make them right.
To have an Army would be simply luxurious
But even without she is penurious
She had known the two have abundant support.
For no matter the odds she would never abort.
She has the spirit of God and the heart of Lioness Stamina of our runner and the poise of a princess.
Her life on the line she would surely lay for it is a debt to God. She is sure to pay.
She takes full advantage of a mind she has trained, and no matter the task. She would never refrain.
Strong is God’s love is her powerful belief and her faith often gives her heart relief.
Strong is her desire to see us progress.
And destined is her effort to be a success.
The poem above is written by a neighboring classmate, friend and supporter in 1983.
Gloria Keith was recently honored by the league of women voters at their annual roses and brick bats award ceremony. She was recognized for her dedicated contribution to community involvement. Gloria has distinguished herself as a relentless advocate of citizen participation in the political social and spiritual process, through such projects as voter’s registration. Action speaks a community newspaper and a tear, a community-based organization committed to social, economic and physical involvement. What this county needs is more honest and dedicated citizen with the Gloria Keith mentality. A gain, we congratulate Gloria for her efforts and accomplishments.
John Bruce, Senior.
Bay County Citizen 1983—Action Speaks Black Community Newspaper.