It was a beautiful party; we could feel our beloved father, husband, big brother, collaborator, teacher and friend smiling and enjoying us. The family is so grateful to all of you who came, who contributed, who spoke or played or sang, A very very special thank you to Rabbi Sara Luria, to our cousin Sandra Hayden-Taylor, to our friends Jeannie Lee and Stacey Spencer-Willoughby, to Winona Jackson, to Marjorie Eliot, to Anthony G. Evans, Victor Trent Cook and the alumni Gospel Chorus family from the High School of Music and Art for making this send-off so very special. Words are truly inadequate to express the depth of our gratitude.
As you can see, we have revised our needs downwards because as we settle up debts, we found we didn't need quite as much as we thought (in part because people have been AMAZING). We will still accept donations for a little while.
William Melvin Kelley's legacy will live on in his writing (some of it yet unpublished), his two movie shorts, and hours of interviews. If you'd like to stay updated on what happens with his work now, please visit his fanpage on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WilliamMelvinKelley
As we settle into our new reality, we will update and continue the online magazine he started: https://kelleysmagazine.com
Again, thank you all so very much. We are humbled and grateful.
-The Kelley Family
The family thanks you so very much for all of your contributions, your calls, texts and emails. Details for the Big Send Off are:
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 5P-9P
Harlem School of the Arts
645 Saint Nicholas Avenue, NY NY 10030
Take the A Train to Sugar Hill (145th Street) and walk south about two blocks.
Your contributions are still very much appreciated. Poppy was an artist, not a banker :)
We are overwhelmed by your generosity. In particular it helps our mom not to worry about details. My sister and I truly appreciate all you've contributed so far. Today we made arrangements with Benta to bring Poppy home to his beloved Harlem, and we think that his party will happen next Wednesday evening, hopefully beginning at 5PM. The place is centrally located in Harlem but I will give the name as soon as the details are confirmed. Thank you so very much. We are overwhelmed.
This picture is of Poppy reuniting with his old friends from Carpenter Avenue.
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