Palm Coast resident Blanche London celebrated her 99th birthday on Dec. 26.
The year 2019 proved to be traumatic for her because, up until September, she proudly lived alone and loved it.
Mrs. London’s daughter and son-in-law, Marva and B.J. Jones, could not convince her to live with them. So, they got her an emergency necklace to wear in case she fell.
But Mrs. London wouldn’t wear it. Consequently, she fell, broke her hip, and laid on the floor for three hours until she was discovered by her family, who had tried to reach her.
Surgery was performed to repair her hip, and she spent two months at Flagler Health and Rehabilitation, where she received physical and occupational therapy.
Mrs. London had to learn to walk again and perform basic tasks like showering and dressing herself.
But, look at her now! She’s amazing, very spirited, and always upbeat.
She’s an excellent pianist, who can’t wait to play the piano at her church.
A member of Palm Coast United Methodist Church, she loves her pastor, the Rev. Dr. Kevin James.
In fact, she’s a retired entertainer who, along with her late husband, Sim London, performed for years as Mr. and Mrs. 88 Keys.
One of the first videos ever made features the Londons on YouTube in a 1947 video titled “Mr. and Mrs. 88 Keys Still Rocking.” So, check out the site, which proves to be exciting.
Still dines with Divas
Mrs. London has a myriad of friends, and loves to laugh and joke, which probably has added years to her life.
She enjoys having lunch with the Divas, a group of women who get together for lunch once a month, as well as hanging out with her Breakfast Bunch at the Golden Corral every Sunday after church.
On her 98th birthday last year, Palm Coast Mayor Milissa Holland presented a proclamation to Mrs. London as one of the city’s finest citizens.
Mrs. London has four grandchildren, as well as a host of friends. Of her own two children, her son, Doby, is deceased. To know Blanche London is to love her!
Pan African Study Group meets Jan. 25
The African American Cultural Society, Inc. (AACS) recently announced that Lennox S. Hinds, Esq., will be the first speaker for its Pan African Study Group Speaker Series.
The free event – open to the public – begins Jan. 25, 2 p.m., at the AACS center, 4422 U.S. 1 North, Palm Coast. Your GPS locator may indicate that the site is located in Bunnell.
Hinds, a retired professor emeritus of criminal justice at the Rutgers School of Law, is a world, criminal defense and international human rights lawyer. His expertise and services are widely sought. Clients have included among others: Nelson Mandela, Angela Davis, and Assata Shakur.
Hinds has published and taught on crimes against humanity and international law for over two decades.
A permanent representative and past vice president to the United Nations for the International Association of Democratic Lawyers, Hinds serves as lead counsel to represent defendants accused by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) of genocide and other serious violations of international humanitarian law.
In private practice, he is a senior partner in the firm of Stevens, Hinds, and White, PC, which has offices in New York, New Jersey, and Paris.
Prior to joining the firm, he served for years as National Director of the National Conference of Black Lawyers of the United States and Canada.
He graduated from the Rutgers Law School and was awarded the school’s J. Skelly Wright Award for contributions to civil rights.
He was awarded a United States patent for X-ray spectrochemical analysis in 1969 and a Charles H. Revson Fellow at the City College of New York’s (CCNY) Center for Legal Education and Urban Policy during 1979-1980.
Hinds’ recent book, “Illusions of Justice: Human Rights Violations in the United States,” will be available for book-signing.
The AACS’s Pan African Studies Group, under the leadership of Edward H. Brown, Jr., MPA, meets twice a month on the second and fourth Tuesday, 11 a.m., to study topics in the ancient, past and present history of Africa, along with topics of importance to people of African descent, both in the United States and abroad.
The group is diverse in ethnicity, culture and age, and is open to all, who want to participate.
To help defray expenses, a freewill donation will be gratefully accepted at the event.
First Church’s King service is Jan. 19
The community is invited to First Church to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther, King Jr.
Join church members in their service, honoring Dr. King’s mission and commitment to human rights and equality.
Special music has been arranged for the occasion.
That’s Jan. 19, 8 a.m. or 10:45 a.m., at 91 Old Kings Road North, Palm Coast, where the Rev. Gillard S. Glover serves as the pastor.
First Church can be reached at 386-4465759.
Judge to speak at MLK service
Chapter 2 of the New York City Transit Retirees of Florida invites you to celebrate the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The Honorable Dawn P. Fields, Seventh Judicial Court judge serving Daytona Beach, will be the keynote speaker.
That’s Jan. 20, 11 a.m., at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, pastored by the Rev. Edwin Coffie, and located at 75 Pine Lakes Parkway, Palm Coast.
Chapter 2 of the New York City Transit Retirees of Florida has spearheaded the ecumenical service for years.
For further details, call 386-503-9414.
As always, remember our prayers for the sick, afflicted, the prodigal son, or daughter, and the bereaved.
Birthday wishes to Marva Jones, Leonard Hunt Sr., Jan. 11; Joshua Litkett, and Michelle Kinshasa, Jan. 15.
Happy anniversary to the Rev. and Mrs. Woodrow Leeks, Jan. 10.