--On Saturday, April 20, 2002 JDD[ ]@[ ] wrote to Harold Marcuse:
My name is John David D[ ]. In the 1980s, I worked extensively
with Ricky Sherover-Marcuse (I gather she was your step-grandmother, if
there is such a thing). I was devastated that, while I was globe-trotting
and serving as regional resident advisor in Southern Africa (1987-94), I
got word that the breast cancer she'd been fighting when I left had taken
her from us.
Meanwhile, I exported many of her working assumptions to every
corner of the globe (I've worked in 54 countries, mostly developing
countries) and feel her presence each time I discuss some of the issues
of racism, sexism, homophobia, anti-semitism, etc. - in fact, she and I
worked on a "unlearning aidsphobia" workshop for a couple years before I
left on my round-the-world junkets...
This weekend, I am participating in a two-day workshop on
cross-cultural communication and the woman who is facilitating was also
moved by Ricky's work in the '80s. It was quite emotional for me to hear
from Lillian Roybal R[ ] that Ricky was one of her first inspirations for
doing this work (she had been mine, as well)...
Anyway, suffice it to say that I believe both your grandfather and
step-grandmother have left a considerable mark on the world in the 20th
and 21st centuries - and will continue to do so for some time.
Dr. John David D[ ], Project Coordinator
Central Coast HIV Prevention Network
Aptos, California 95003
On Dec. 19, 2002, JDD gave permission to include this letter on the website, adding:
Thank you for the e-mail. I'm very pleased that you're adding some of the vital work Ricky did (and continues to do posthumously) to the website. And, of course, I'm happy to have the above letter left intact and accessible on the website. When I next lay my hands on the "working principles" we developed for the "unlearning AIDSphobia" workshops (they are in my training file), I will forward them to you, as well, for consideration...
page created Dec. 19, 2002 by Harold Marcuse
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