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A Tribute to My Mentor

The Late 

Sister Alma Nomsa John, R. N.

Grassroots Community Leader and Role Model 

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Written by Abiwa Ali (also known as Patricia Williams Diaw)

New York Amsterdam News, Saturday, April, 1988

Broadcasting great Bill McCreary, performers such as Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, Harry Balafonte, poet Abiodun Oyewole (The Last Poets), and so many others credit Sister John for her work  pioneering the fields of nursing and broadcasting for African Americans.

Poet Abiodun Salutes Sister John

Sister John at the 1982 African Naming Ceremony             Photo by Jim Belfon

December 30, 1978. Alma Nomsa John, R.N. loved folks holding hands at community gatherings; her motto was always: "If you know teach; if you don't know learn; each one teach one; each one reach one." She is pictured below, wearing an necklace with an Ankh, the Ancient  Egyptian Key of Life. In the picture, Sister John celebrates Kwanza for the patients of Harlem Hospital with well known poet  and children-writer of the day, Sauda Oni (standing next to her).  At the 1978 event, Abiwa the Storyteller (aka Patricia Williams Diaw) is invited and presents an Indian tale to honor Sister John's Native American guests. (Photo by Jim Keys)        

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