Monday, March 31, 2008


On Saturday, March 29, 2008, we celebrated the 75th birthday of my mother, Lottie Burney in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Mirage Hotel.

I did a poem as a tribute to my mother. She was very happy with both the poem and the party.

People came literally from all over the country to honor my mother on her special day. This included family and close friends that she had crossed paths with over her life time. Some of the friends, she had known since early grade school! She is just one of those people that when she makes a friend, you are a friend for life! She is also very special to all of her family because she is just a naturally sweet person.

It was so nice to see all of the people come out to celebrate my mother. I know it meant a lot to her. There were lots of tears of joy but mostly a lot of laughter and smiles.

There was a video in which she recalled the journey of her life. It was very moving. She grew up in rural Louisiana during a time when racial tensions were high and she recalled how the 1960's civil rights movement never made it to her hometown. It remained very segregated and oppressed. It forced her family to relocate to California where for the 1st time, she attended school with all races of people. She was so overjoyed. Anyway, the short of it was that she have experienced a lot in life good and bad but she has learned to find joy in the midst of sorrow especially during her Golden Years!


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