The late Hattie Carthan, the great urban ecology education visionary, who passed April 23, 1984, was bornin Portsmouth, Virginia, September 1901. The date of her transition in last week’s calendar was incorrect. But we republish this portrait of Carthan (far right) and the late Earth Stewardess Mama Leah (seated) as a tribute to April 26th, Arbor Day, a day America salutes trees. Ms. Carthan, a Vernon Avenue resident of Bedford Stuyvesant, was responsible for organizing 100 Brooklyn block associations to plant 1500 trees – sycamores, lindens and others – during the 1960’s. In 2010, Mama Leah taught young children how to make Spirit Sticks from twigs that had fallen from some of Hattie’s trees. The trees had been planted in and around Herbert Von King Park – located directly across the street from the Magnolia Tree Earth Center of Bedford Stuyvesant, which Mrs. Carthan founded nearly 50 years ago.
Friday April 26
MTEC’s Day of Stewardship & Service has been rescheduled for a day in June near the Summer Solstice when its Magnolia Grandiflora should be in full bloom. Accordingly, the opening of Griot Eye II: From These Roots, a display of photos from recently discovered albums is postponed to that time.