Niagara Gazette — Post-post script: With not enough youths in our neighborhood churches, and with them filled with seniors, here is a perfect opportunity for those seniors to help other seniors and get a nutritional meal at the same time. If you are over 60, or have enough members of your church or other social group that are, then why don’t you all take turns, each church or group, and send 10-15 people to St. John’s one day a week.
I hear that they have cake for dessert.
In my Jan. 13, 2011, column, titled “Event to celebrate unity is pulled apart,” I asked the question, “Why is Legislator Renae Kimble hijacking the Poor People’s Luncheon? Owen Steed … wants to know — and you should too.”
That was then.
In the absence of anyone else putting together the 2011 annual Poor People’s Luncheon, Owen Steed, that year’s recipient of the NCCJ-MLK Civil Rights Award, had planned and all but put the event together himself, when he stopped, nearly at the last minute, saying that Kimble told him that she was going to do it.
Without protest, Steed fed his lunch to Kimble.
Without a doubt, that column launched the political career of Steed and he became the new 4th District legislator. That luncheon likely became the straw that politically broke ‘the Kimble’s’ back and let her know that it was time for her to leave.
But this is now, and maybe Kimble left too soon, at least for the seniors who eat lunch at St. John’s AME Church.
Whereas Kimble figuratively ate Steed’s lunch on the Poor People’s Luncheon deal, in a recently convened committee meeting that determined if the county was going to close down three of its Chat and Chew senior nutrition sites, Steed not only failed to convince his colleagues in the Niagara County Legislature that they should not unnecessarily close down the site at St. John’s AME Church in the city’s North End, but upon his failure to convince, the man protested by actually breaking down and crying.