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encourage us to glorify our awesome creator.  They promote humility, reflection and praise.

 

 

Books by Dee Freeman

Poetry She Wrote I: Oh, Magnify Him  /  Poetry She Wrote II: Reflections of the Heart  / Poetry She Wrote III: Love Ever Flowing

Oceans of Love: To Us From Us 

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Poetry She Wrote I: Oh, Magnify Him

By Dee Freeman

 

I am grateful for the opportunity to share my works with my community as well as others.  I feel my poetry and prose of both books can be of benefit to their readers.

This book Poetry She Wrote I: Oh, Magnify Him is a collection of poetry that magnifies the majesty and omnipotence of our Creator.  This collection expresses the reality of the presence of an Awesome power, who maintains our destiny and fate.  This all powerful presence can be felt by anyone who has the ability to tune in to oneself, to keep an open mind and believe. 

This belief can open the emotional window to the heart and provide an inspirational healing.  There is a deep and sobering love for self and creator, embodied by this poetry.  This particular collection emphasizes strong faith and a wish to implement, into our meager lives, the winning combination of belief and prayer to secure the promises of His Word. 

The words are powerful, thought-provoking, and spiritually stirring; some inspiring; some sympathetic; some stimulating; some focus on self-love; some speak of movement through life’s phases-not aware of our destiny; some address how our loving creator watches over us; yet all echo the desire and longing each soul has, to connect with this Creator, in some manner, in order to understand the real meaning of life.     

The poems can be of great benefit--touching, healing, awakening, soothing.  They encourage us to glorify our awesome creator.  They promote humility, reflection and praise.  All can enjoy this journey through life.  Even though life itself is a risk…a tumultuous trip of ups and downs, highs and lows; it is yet a necessity.  When we praise him, connect with him, follow his lead, experience His unlimited Grace, we will undoubtedly feel His presence and enjoy the journey-from beginning to end!!

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Oceans of Love: To Us From Us

Table of Contents

 

Following Their Lead

Inheritance

Influences

The Journey 

Without Us

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12

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15

Together We Stand

 

To Us From Us: Black Love Flowing

Love: in the Flesh 

Sistas

Love Your Blackness

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Reservations yet We Press Forward

The Question: Will the Ring of Freedom Bring Freedom

Who Am I?

Ain't I Somebody Too

I Weep

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26

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29

Getting into Gear

A Challenge Now Is the Time

Whatz Up Young Man?

Get An Attitude

Free the Mind

Show me the Money: 40 Acres and a Mule

We, as a People, Must Love Us

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A Tribute and Report to "The Drum Major for Justice"

Still, We Wait

I Too, Dream: Ode to Martin

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44

Our Future Seems Bright

Door of Opportunity

Uplift Our Children

My Nubian Prince

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Determined to Go the Distance

Oh Freedom

You Got Power, My Brother

Solid in the Skin I'm In

If Not You, Then Who?

Gonna Make It

Freedom: The Prize

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Source: Oceans of Love: To Us From Us by Dee Freeman call 1-888-280-7715

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Delores King-Freeman, (Dee to family), is a motivated and compelling poet, author, producer and host, who is using her love, skills and creativity to help readers enjoy words and rhythmic rhyme.  She left the south during the sixties to follow her dream, which proved extremely elusive.  Now, finally catching and living that dream, she happily immerses herself in her passion-writing.  Freeman has previously published well received books of poetry entitled

Oceans of Love: To Us From Us  and Poetry She Wrote I: Oh, Magnify Him.

Both have been placed in the school system and libraries around town.  She has had a number of poems appear in magazines, anthologies and new papers where some have been recognized with awards for their inspirational, even motivational message. 

She was presented with a commendation for the City and City Council during Black History Month in 2005.  She continues to provide the Lansing State Journal with an article, book review or word of inspiration on a monthly basis.  She co-hosts “poetry slams” held at various locations throughout the Greater Lansing area. 

Freeman looks forward to expanding her Poetree-N-Motion TV program which shares information of community events, history tidbits, book reviews and has guests with current community issues.  It airs in Lansing on Comcast channel 16 -Thursday @ 3:30PM and East Lansing channel 30 WELM on Tuesday @ 7:00PM.  She is also a talented musical lyricist, hoping to have her work recorded in the near future.  

Presently, Freeman is in the completion stage of her first fiction novel-a project in conjunction with a movie producer.  This novelWild, Untamed Michigan: The Way It Wasis scheduled to hit the stores in early or mid 2006, with the second of the “Poetry, She Wrote” seriesfollowing close behind.

Freeman thoroughly enjoys writing and sharing her poetry through presentations at special annual luncheons, tributes honoring the leadership of community and churches, and other venues throughout the region.  She honestly feels her words will benefit all who read them-gently touching, softly soothing, delightfully awakening, enthusiastically illuminating and fervently healing.

As a grandparent of three grandsons, Freeman sees the need for help within the community.  She volunteers for readings and events throughout the Lansing School District.  She works on projects with the Michigan Million Women Movement that sprang out of the MWM (Million Women March) of 1997.  She’s a member of several supporting organizations, such as Delores Thornton’s Marguerite Press, Disilgold Soul and Publishing and Sisterhood of The Written Word. She also sings with a 35 voice group, who continues to keep the Negro Spirituals alive-The Earl Nelson Singers-directed by Verna Holley. 

An alumnus of Northwood University of Midland and former Financial Analyst for General Motors, Freeman continues to reside in Lansing, Michigan with her husband, Attorney Myron S. Freeman Sr.  She is proud of her three adult children, one of whom has attained stardom as an actress on Broadway.

Dee Freeman, Poet, Author, Speaker and Host! / 517 321-3122 / www.deepoette.com  /  deedkfreeman@yahoo.com 

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Blacks in Hispanic Literature: Critical Essays

Edited by Miriam DeCosta-Willis 

Blacks in Hispanic Literature is a collection of fourteen essays by scholars and creative writers from Africa and the Americas. Called one of two significant critical works on Afro-Hispanic literature to appear in the late 1970s, it includes the pioneering studies of Carter G. Woodson and Valaurez B. Spratlin, published in the 1930s, as well as the essays of scholars whose interpretations were shaped by the Black aesthetic. The early essays, primarily of the Black-as-subject in Spanish medieval and Golden Age literature, provide an historical context for understanding 20th-century creative works by African-descended, Hispanophone writers, such as Cuban Nicolás Guillén and Ecuadorean poet, novelist, and scholar Adalberto Ortiz, whose essay analyzes the significance of Negritude in Latin America. This collaborative text set the tone for later conferences in which writers and scholars worked together to promote, disseminate, and critique the literature of Spanish-speaking people of African descent. . . . Cited by a literary critic in 2004 as "the seminal study in the field of Afro-Hispanic Literature . . . on which most scholars in the field 'cut their teeth'."

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

As for the source of the Jezebel, black women had no control over their own bodies during slavery given that they were being auctioned off and bred to maximize profits. Nonetheless, it was in the interest of plantation owners to propagate the lie that sisters were sluts inclined to mate indiscriminately.

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The White Masters of the World

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By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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