Black History Month is a Time For Personal Reflection

From Africa To Atlanta By Way of ArkansasOn Your Journey

By Vernon “vee” Comer



how would they describe what you have done

would they speak of battles you’ve lost as well as the victories you’ve won

those who’ve worked for you, present and past

what would they say to describe your legacy


would they say that you are fair and reasonable

a consummate professional, not getting caught up in minutia and mess

leading by example, exhorting your charges to always be their best


would they speak of your tenacity and your persistence

your ability to nurture and demand accountability

even when you had to agree to disagree and part company

you always respected their dignity


   would they say that when you had challenges

even when death made untimely visits to your family

your grace under the strain, the ability to maintain

in the midst of adversity

on those bad days you were strong

and on those good days you were happy, happy, happy


would they speak of your love for family

especially your heart of hearts, India

how you cherish your special time with your loved ones

and encourage others to do the same

to have a life outside of work


would they say how you love the holiday season

if for no other reason than to gather with family and friends

to go shopping and spend, spend, spend


would they speak of your love for quilting

creating memories and mementos

of, by, and for those who have impacted you

by what they say and do


I say yes and amen, on your journey

You have dispatched your office with integrity

You are a star despite your humility

Thank you Clara Ford and Evora Hicks

For endowing this woman with an indomitable spirit

of Godliness, goodness and grace




Created for O.V. Brantley

Retirement Reception, Fulton County Attorney                                               July 19, 2007



About ovbrantley

I am a passionate quilter who also is the general counsel for a major urban county in Georgia. I manage to pursue my triple passions of motherhood, quilting and traveling.
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1 Response to Black History Month is a Time For Personal Reflection

  1. ovbrantley says:

    The quilt shown with this poem is called “From Africa to Atlanta By Way of Arkansas.” It, too, is autobiographical. It is a memory quilt that is #1/100 in a series of quilts I created called the African Canvas Memory Quilt series. You can view most of the quilt in the series at


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