Obama Library As Innovation Centers for Old City Green Renaissance

From: James Godsil <godsil.james@gmail.com>
Date: February 16, 2013 10:20:12 AM EST
To: Com Food <comfood@elist.tufts.edu>
Subject: [COMFOOD: ] Obama’s Presidential Library & Chicago’s South Side Green Renaissance

Dear All,

Our movement’s mainstreaming owes much to the First Lady, and the prospect of
an Obama Presidential Library on the South Side of Chicago could profoundly amplify
her vision.

Toward National Design Charrettes for Obama South Side Presidential Library

Obama’s Living Library/South Side Chicago Renaissance Sparking Transition to Ecological Cities

I am led to believe that many museums and libraries are re-visioning their missions
with an eye toward more interaction with old city grass roots groups and enhanced
global connectivity for applied scholarship and engaged art.

Would it not be a good things if the emerging Massive Open Online Courses(MOOC)
would advance design charrettes, eye on the prize of providing the best possible
visions for the Obama Library?

Libraries As Innovation Centers for Old City Green Renaissance

Christopher Alexander’s “Pattern Language” has inspired me to imagine the Obama
Library accelerating the South Side Chicago Renaissance and other smaller “centers.”
Would not the template such an experiment could provide diffuse the notion of every
city’s libraries as resources not just for cognitive literacies but also for community engagement and ecological healing?

Any city planners in this group up for a new kind of design studio that would connect
schools, community groups, small businesses, faith communities, and inspired citizens
of the South Side of Chicago, i.e. the civil society, as co-creators, with the President and First Lady, of a Presidential Library that makes a major impact accelerating

The Green Renaissance of Chicago’s South Side.

Why not?

Godsil

Yoruba, Pan African, Diasporic and Afro-Irish Naming Ceremony

Developed and curated by Grandfather Biodun Jeyifo

Ibere/ijuba—”Sanctus of the Misa Luba Choir”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjZDJzvGhTI

Omi(water)

Water.
There is water.
Water has no enemies.
Water cleanses.
Water quenches thirst.
Like water fullness will be your lives.
Life will not wage war against you.
you will not thirst for life’s blessings!

“Shango,” Eartha Kitt

Kola Nut
Here is kola nut
It will ward off sickness and death from you
It will bring wealth and honor to yhou aplenty
Death will not stalk your infancy
Meaningless deaths will not haunt your lives
Long and fulfilled lives will be your lot!

Monilola Yetunde Lynn Omosalewa Omotanwa; Darragh Emmett James Olumide Olaniyi: With long, prosperous and dignified lives will you bear these names!

Of ancestry, heritage, identity—a very brief reflection

Bitter Kola
Here is bitter kola
With its sap, we age well]
You will both live long and age well
Ripeness of old age will be dignified
Years of senescence will be filled with grace
At life’s end, contentment aplenty!

Monilola Yetunde Lynn Omosalewa Omotanwa; Darragh Emmett James Olumide Olaniyi: With long, prosperous and dignified lives will you bear these names!

The ritual items in the naming ceremony—a very brief gloss

Honey
This is honey
Sweetness is the essence of honey
Sweet grace will suffuse your lives
Bitter hardship will not haunt your lives
You will bring sweetness to all you meet
In your journeys through life

Monilola Yetunde Lynn Omosalewa Omotanwa; Darragh Emmett James Olumide Olaniyi: With long, prosperous and dignified lives will you bear these names!

“Nkosi Sikelel iAfrika,” Miriam Makeba

Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Paul Simon

Alligator pepper
Here is alligator pepper
No one can take count of the seeds in a single pod of alligator pepper
Your children and progeny will be countless
Male and female, your children will thrive

Monilola Yetunde Lynn Omosalewa Omotanwa; Darragh Emmett James Olumide Olaniyi: With long, prosperous and dignified lives will you bear these names!

“Eireann”, Afro-Celt Sound System

Salt
This is salt
Flavor, taste: that kis the essence of salt
Where salt is lacking—bland flavorlessness!
Your lives will not lack brio and panache!
Always, you will confront life with mastery

Monilola Yetunde Lynn Omosalewa Omotanwa; Darragh Emmett James Olumide Olaniyi: With long, prosperous and dignified lives will you bear these names!

“Ase,” Jimi Solanke

“Ebun pataki lomo bibi,” Ebenezer Obey

The Book

Here is the Book
The book owns words; The Word owns The Book
The word is Wisdom; The Book is Wisdom
You will read, deep and wide,
No vanity, no arrogance in your learning!
Knowledge and wisdom will guide your lives
Knowledge and wisdom that enhance life

Monilola Yetunde Lynn Omosalewa Omotanwa; Darragh Emmett James Olumide Olaniyi: With long, prosperous and dignified lives will you bear these names!

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