Raleigh Child Care Center Owner Receives Award For Providing Garden Fresh Meals


Mrs. Kimberly Shaw is the owner and operator of A Safe Place (ASP). Mrs. Shaw started as a family child care home in August 1997 and the business has been growing ever since. It now includes two full-time five star, NAEYC-accredited centers dedicated to providing quality childcare to families that would otherwise not be able to afford it.

A Safe Place has N.C. Pre-K classrooms and are Community Partners with Early Head Start providing activities that create opportunities for children to learn about themselves in a safe and healthy environment. ASP provides a loving atmosphere that supports the development of self-esteem and self-confidence, and provides good models and tools to be successful in life.

ASP is located in a food desert and has continued to work to create access to fresh, healthy foods and activities for the community. This urban mini-farm is currently a POD (Preventing Obesity by Design), F2CC (Farm to Child Care) and Shape NC location in Wake County to teach the children and families involved about growing food, eating healthier and maintaining active lives both at the school and at home.

Mrs. Shaw currently serves on the boards of Wake County Smart Start, Child Care Services Association and The Early Education Coalition. In 2014 Mrs. Shaw received The Dorothy B. Graham Child Care Leadership Award. In 2015 and 2017 A Safe Place received the City of Raleigh Urban Agriculture Award. In 2017 Mrs. Shaw served as a Statewide Mentor for the Farm to Early Care and Education Initiative.

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Evan Bell’s African American Art Exhibit Meets Published Quilter Marjorie Diggs Freeman

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By Jasmine Deloatch

Duke University, a predominantly white institution, hosts a black church and culture exhibit in their chapel. Evan is an African American graduating senior at Duke and the eye behind each photograph. The photographer speaks of her passion for art and social justice. She began this work for her senior distinction paper. With an interest in the black culture, she decided to study black culture.

She refers to a film, Durham USA and explains that the film depicts the black citizens in Durham as addicts and low-income. She felt that this depiction did not represent black people as a whole.

“It is ethically irresponsible to be so subjective about a culture.” Evan explains.

Evan wanted to learn from Durham residents what it meant to be black, but through their eyes. She worked on this project Black for 3 years. In February, she she applied to The C. Eric Lincoln Theology and Arts Residency and Fellowship. The program was looking for more culture and religion. When she presented Black, they requested that she dive deeper into religion.

She explains also that when she research C. Eric Lincoln, she was amazed by how much he gave to the community as a minister, poet and professor. She spoke of her love of his ability to  bridge race and faith. She wanted to transform Black based on what she knew about C. Eric Lincoln.

While beginning her work, Evan emailed and reached out to the places where she wanted to photograph. She reached out to a Reverend at a particular church and she invited her to come in and take photos. She explains how she was taking photos in the aisles, trying to be inconspicuous. However, no one missed this young photographer this Sunday. She says after church, people began to come up to her.

One of these people was Quilter Marjorie Diggs Freeman. They began to chat and Marjorie asked Evan if she knew about quilts. She offered her a ride home and to Evan’s surprise she was in for a treat when Marjorie also offered to take her by her home as well to view her quilts. They began good friends in a short period of time as Marjorie shared her family stories and photos as well with Evan.

Marjorie laughs, “I don’t usually pick up strangers, but I met her at church.”

To Evan’s surprise, she discovers that Marjorie is an 81 year-old quilt maker whose works has been published in several books and held at the inaugural center, as well as being a part of a traveling exhibit. Evan photographed a quilt while at Marjorie’s house and Marjorie says she had no idea her quilt would end up on display in Duke Chapel.

“I’m 81 and I’m proud to say it,” Marjorie chuckles, explaining that her undergoing of so many health obstacles including chemo and a very bad fall has given her a great appreciation for life.

“Don’t move unless you see where you’re going,” she continues, “You get lessons, no matter how negative it is, get over it, but remember the lesson.”

Marjorie tells of a time that she cherishes when Maya Angelou bought her hand-made cards. She was living in Hillsborough and went to an event that Angelou was also attending. After dinner, she went to introduce herself to Angelou and told her that she had a gift for her. The quilt maker, who also made cards, gifted Maya a handcrafted card using African Fabric.

“Months later I got a phone call and a voice said are you the one that makes the cards?” Marjorie says that the person asked for 50 cards, but she picked up on the voice and said, “ I never ask this question this early in the transaction, but your voice sounds so familiar.”

The voice answered back, “This is Maya Angelou.”

She said to her, “I usually receive and cash the check before I send the merchandise out, but because I know who you are, I am going to send it and you can send me the check.”

She says someone asked her if she actually cashed Maya Angelou’s check and she exclaimed, “Yes! But I made a copy of it before I did!”

She shares that, “Life is as interesting as you want to make it.”

Marjorie’s quilts, posters and cards are published in several books, including Still They Persist, And Still We Rise, Quilting African American Women’s History, Journey of Hope, Conscience of The Human Spirit: Life of Nelson Mandela and The President’s House: Their untold Stories in Quilts.

Her quilts have traveled with And Still We Rise Tours touching down in Orange County Regional History Center in Orlando, Florida, The Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas, The Bruce Museum in Greenwich, Connecticut, The Museum of The Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, Va and Kalamazoo Valley Museum in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Looking For SCATS


Denmark Technical College is seeking information about South Carolina Area Trade School alumni.  Planned is an upcoming event that will honor these individuals and information is being collected at (803) 290-6461 or mcdaniely@denmarktech.edu.  “We are proud to be able to provide an evening in which we can honor the alumni from the Denmark South Carolina Area Trade School,” says Dr. Yvette McDaniel.  McDaniel, who is the Director of Choral Activities at Denmark Technical College goes on to say, “Anyone who took part in the college’s first twenty years, 1948-1968 will be recognized.”  The first annual Golden Diploma Ceremony will be held at 6:30 pm on June 8, 2018.

Interim President, Dr. Christopher Hall has designated June 8th as a special day for the SCATS alumni.  They will receive a golden diploma, celebrating fifty or more years after their respective matriculations.  The College is prepared to recognize these pioneers.

The Denmark Technical College National Alumni Association is assisting in identifying SCATS alumni.  At a recent board meeting, Alumni President James Bowden challenged all chapters to help find these graduates.  Those who are unable to attend the ceremony will be able to get a golden diploma.  All efforts, including social media, are being taken.