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We will let you know when in stock. Thank you for your interest You will be notified when this product will be in stock. I agree to the. Blakely would make for a difficult opponent, given that she is the incumbent honorary mayor, the first woman to hold the job, and apparently knows everyone. It seems that her best political asset is the dark beige rubber-soled pair of walking shoes she wears on her daily rounds, which might include a visit to the Hamilton Grange Senior Citizens Center on West th Street, an appearance at a fund-raiser for troubled youth at the Apollo Theater and a brief pause at the Uptown Juice Bar on West th Street for her drink of choice -- a blend of fresh pineapples, papayas, beets and greens.
She is highly conscious of what she eats and considers her diet to be far more than a physical concern. She is wont to say things like, ''I only eat lamb spiritually,'' or ''My spirit is telling me I need to get to the juice bar. Her deep-seated spiritual life was, in fact, first developed at the Convent of the Franciscan Handmaids of Mary on West th Street, where she arrived at age 16 from Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
She moved into a friend's apartment, found work in a watch factory and then at J. Penney's, experimented with nail polish and permanents, and eventually discovered what it was like to have strange men whistle at the sight of her legs. She said she went on to get a master's degree from Harvard and a doctorate in education from Columbia.
Sisters doing it for themselves
In , she scribbled down a few thoughts outlining an organization for needy children, and within a few years, the New Future Foundation, which serves women and children in the United States and Africa, was born. Blakely's work with the group attracted the attention of Queen Mother Audley E. Moore, a Harlem fixture with a long history of working for African nationalism and civil rights.
Blakely became Ms. Moore's caretaker until her death in , and claims to continue her legacy as the neighborhood's queen mother today. Part of that legacy includes the stroll Ms. Blakely takes each morning at 6 o'clock sharp -- a soulful constitutional that carries her past a list of Harlem landmarks.
Pilgrimage to Goree Island
Inevitably, Ms. Blakely will bump into a fellow Harlemite in need, although given her busy schedule, she can usually spare only a few minutes. A few days ago, for instance, she encountered Joyce Stewart, 67, who complained that a drug addict was living in her building. After dragging Ms. Stewart along for a half-hour's worth of her daily rounds, Ms. Blakely counseled her to call the police and to make sure the door to her building was locked at night. Stewart said she had already called the local station house and that the addict had a key. Blakely said.
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