- Posted November 19, 2009 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Ask the president
A Change Is Gonna Come---Snellville Elementary-to-Anderson Livsey Elementary
by Tom Livsey,
Pictured: Thomas and Dorethia Livsey-(2007 NAACP Couple Lifetime Acheivement Award Winners)
The word "No" , should be enough information for most people to understand that whatever they are seeking, or requesting is NOT going to happen. In the sales industry, the word "No", only signifies the customer's lack of information.
We are all programed to say no to anything we do not understand, or are not knowledgable about.
The word "No", is really a cry for help!
"No" is actually a starting point, and is not the end. But for many of us, we take the word as a final ending obstacle facing us, and ending our future advancement.
We simply give up.
However, there should be another word placed in front of that word... Don't...As in Don't K(no)w ? Case in point:
The Andersons and the Livseys, are two proud tri-racial families ( Black, White and Cherokee Indian ) of the Promised Land Plantation (Community), in south Gwinnett County Georgia. Neither one of these families know the meaning of the word "No".
Recently, the two families have made headlines about trying to rename a new county school that is being erected in the oldest historical community, in their neighborhood, named The Promised Land.
Its the oldest surviving Civil War plantation in Gwinnett County. Yet the school is being named after a great white family, (The Snells) ten miles away.
In 1818, Gwinnett County used a land lottery to attract settlers to its new land after taking it first from the Cherokees. In an attempt to homestead this new county, the Maguires, the Livseys, the Andersons and the Snells became one of a handful of Gwinnett's "First Families" , of the county, as titled by the Gwinnett County Historical Society.
Thomas Maguire, an irish man who settled over 1000 acres in 1820, through a Gwinnett County Land Lottery, that gave 250 acres to any white man. Maguire named his plantation the Promised Land, because of its fertile soil. He wrote in his daily farm journal, 'The land of promise', because of its fertile soil.
Little did he know that one day his diary would become part of a world acclaimed novel. He maintained a daily farm journal that reflected the day in the life of Georgians day-to-day obstacles, that they faced during the war between the states.
Maguire's diary depicted the trials and tribulations, that most of the citizens lived during General Sherman's "March to the Sea".
His journal was so powerful that it attracted a young woman from Atlanta, Ga. in the 1920's, after Robert Livsey purchased a portion of Maguire's plantation.
She frequently visited the plantation, when she sought inspiration for her now famous novel, "Gone With The Wind". Her name was Margaret Mitchell.
Many scholars believed that she used a good amount from the Promised Land Diary without giving proper credit of her source. Today, it is universally acknowledged that she lacked giving credit to Thomas Maguire's farm journal.
As to date, her novel continuous revenue in book sales alone totals upwards in the mid 900 millions in sales....If you include the movie...sales are traching 3.3 Billion...and Not a penny to the Promised Land ancestors !
So again today, Gwinnett county is trying to cover up the heritage and countless contributions of these two respectful miniority families of the Promised Land.
From the original growth and family taught civic involvement of this county to date, Gwinnett County should do the right thing, not because of racial color, but because of the families who have been in this county, as a whole, since 1840, and
re-name the first county built school after a family with a city already named after them, ( The Snells') of Snellvillle, Ga., and name the school, 'Anderson Livsey Elementary School !
However even though the school is in its final stage, and is set to be in operation in August 2010, the Andersons and the Livseys are not quitting their efforts to rename the school that sits on their forefathers land.
"Its like putting a fort on an Indian reservation", says Tom Livsey.
He adds, "Little does the Gwinnet County Board of Education realize that we don't know the word ' NO '.
"The two families are in no way want the readers to think its about race. Once again Tom Livsey points out, " We are the real Americans.
We are all colors, Black, White and Indian. Your blood flows within my veins. If I don't like you, its not because of your color. Its because I simply do not like you. But my family loves all God's children...So why is Gwinnett hating on us?
Therefore, I want those who are in favor of preserving Gwinnett County's Real History, to contact me by email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
We need your support. We need signatures from every citizen in Gwinnett and metro Atlanta. Plus we need you to show your support at the Gwinnett County Board of Education meeting Dec. 10, 2009 at 6:00 p.m..
The address and phone number are as follows: 437 Old Peachtree Road, NW Suwanee, GA 30024-2978 (678.301.6000).
Last night at the Dec. 10, 2009 Gwinnett County Board Meeting, an unanimous vote was passed to have the Snell Elementary School renamed the Anderson Livsey Elementary School.
Just as satisfying to us, the Snell's, a great family, were also victorious by having a newly built middle school renamed G. Snell Middle School.
Obviously last night, a change came twice in Gwinnett County. We thank all of you for your unrelenting support and the Snell family for their sincere understanding to preserve our family history.
We want to let the world know that there is a real place called the Promised Land, where you can actually visit in Georgia. Moreover, here is our story, put to music. It was first sang by Sam Cooke.
Now, I want to introduce the world to Pastor Deitrick Haddon of High Praise Church in Detroit, MI., as he sings his own remake of Cooke's song. The name of the song is " A Change Is Gonna Come"---- Even in Gwinnett County. We "Don't Know the meaning of the word ' No' "
" Its been along...long time coming...but a change is gonna come..Oh yes it WILL !!! "
Please click on the link below or copy and paste it in your browser, then email me for your support ASAP !!!!"
God Bless You All. Make sure to click on the youtube above and have a tissue handy.
A Change Has Come!
Oh Happy Day!
Happy Holidays !!!!