*Social activist, grandmother and caregiver, Ruteena Blake, a 73-year-old ordained minister, is launching her single, “A Grandmother’s Cry” with a listening party on Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 4:00 – 6:00 at the Guilford Community Center in Guilford, Maryland.
A Grandmother’s Cry is an epic poem/song/rap written as Reverend Blake’s stand against the high murder rates of young people in U.S. cities. After watching another newscast of murders in Baltimore, Minister Blake felt a nudge from the Holy Ghost urging her to cry out — and do what she witnessed her elders do in the South when faced with a seemingly hopeless situation — get on her face and moan to the Lord. From her cries, Reverend Blake birthed “A Grandmother’s Cry”, a single intended to launch a movement of grandmother and all others dedicated to cry out to the Lord for our youth. Grandmothers are called as a symbol for love and devotion to their offspring.
“My whole life, all that I have accomplished began with me simply obeying the leading of that still small voice on the inside. Every success I have had is due to my obedience to the Holy Ghost.”
Reverend Blake has had her share of them –she is a successful businesswoman with almost 50 years of ownership of several enterprises in the Washington-Baltimore Metropolitan area. To name a few, she started a Young People’s Travel Club in Howard County; put up two successful plays in the 70s, created a Young Theater Movement in Columbia Maryland; owned a high-fashion boutique for professional women in the 80s and early 90s; created a Bobtillion for African American males in the 80s and currently runs a senior group home in Howard County, Maryland.
Reverend Blake stated “The Holy Spirit told me if one million of us would moan and cry out to the Lord, He would do what the Word said He would do, help us in our weakness when we do not know what to pray. He’ll intercede for us through or wordless utterance.” So she is mobilizing grandmothers, grandfathers, mothers and caregivers across the United State in one place and at one time to cry out against the devastation in our cities. Grandmothers in spirit — anyone one who has a heart for our youth is invited to the listening party and to participate in the movement.
“Grandmother’s Cry” – A listening party
Sunday, September 22, 2013
4:00 – 6:00pm Guilford Community Center
8500 Mission Road
Guilford, Maryland 20794
Listen to “A Grandmother’s Cry”: