Wilfred Ussery Celebrated his 94th birthday this week at Geoffrey’s Inner Circle Jazz Performance
By Roohee Marshall
Upon meeting Mr. Wilfred Ussery, the former national Chairman of the Congress of Racial Equality who had gained the reputation of being an “architect of civil rights and economic opportunity strategies,” I realized that he is clearly a multi-dimensional, visionary who is astute, keen and quite brilliant.
Through him I am reminded of all the great leaders who paved the way through blood sweat and tears. He represents our elders who sacrificed and taught us the meaning of our true purpose and created our narratives guiding generations to the blueprint for life which is crucial for our survival. When I sit in the company of Mr. Ussery, I am reminded of being in Mississippi. I feel as though I am sitting on my grandfather’s front porch. I am inspired as I listen to Mr. Ussery’s exciting life’s journey, sharing precious jewels from sleeping on the Nile River to his architectural genius. I am in awe as he strategically constructs his master plan with answers for all of our broken humanity.
He offers solid solutions to transform societies creating possibilities to attain greatness. Mr. Ussery is as full of life as his beautiful wife Maxine who stands beside him, like a true Mother Warrior Queen, and it’s obvious that he adores her. I am honored to include Mr. Ussery in the council of elders with the many other outstanding elders in my book “A Generation Found; The Journey Continues, Volume II.”
Mr. Ussery is determined to share his profound ideas with the world; truly a gift for all time. The other Bay Area elderly luminaries included in Roohee Marshall’s second book will be Gus Newport, Conway Jones, Jr. and Paul Cobb.
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