Free Webinar Event: Discover the MA in Social Justice Program with Dr. Brenda Bryant
Tonight at 5 p.m.! Learn about Marygrove College’s Master’s in Social Justice degree with program director Dr. Brenda Bryant
Dec 5, 2018 10:51:35 AM
Nov 13, 2018 11:34:55 AM
It’s safe to say that Alberta Elder has seen a thing or two in her 97 years. Born in 1921, only one year after women obtained the right to vote, she’s seen seventeen presidents elected, witnessed prohibition, and still clearly recalls the newsboys’ declaration that Lindbergh had safely landed in Paris. Lest we forgot our history lessons, Alberta is there to remind us. She was also there for Black Thursday, World War II and the end of the Great Depression, the Cold War, Elvis, Beatlemania, Korea and Vietnam, the Civil Rights Movement, and everything after and in between. Quite a life, indeed.
Nearly a century into her journey, Alberta thought it about time to commit her story to paper. The inspiration, she says, came after a couple of gentle nudges from her nieces Dale and Pat. “Years ago, I happened to make an off-handed comment about how she should get her memoir down,” says Dale. “But I never thought she’d take my idea by the horns and actually do it!” Pat says something similar. “I didn’t have any notion that we were in any way inspiring to the project.” What she does recall, and quite fondly, is a chance reunion she had with Dale and Alberta. “It had been many years since we’d all been together in the same place, so of course we got to talking about the old days. Maybe it was the act of us remembering aloud together that inspired Alberta,” she says.
Thinking she’d record an oral history of her life, Alberta started by sorting through her collection of family photos. But the images unleashed a floodgate of memories and before she knew it, she was writing a book. The result is entitled The Journey that Began in Detroit, a 296-page memoir that she’s currently readying for press.
As the title suggests, Alberta’s story begins in Detroit, a city that isn’t so much a backdrop for her memoir as it is a supporting character, a spirit, an impetus, whose very presence made obstacles appear to melt away. “Detroit had a vibrancy and energy—anything seemed possible,” she says, recalling an image of the neighborhood boys working on their Model Ts in the alleyways. “It never occurred to them that perhaps they couldn’t fix them. They knew it was simply a matter of figuring out how.”
Alberta grew up with her half-brothers Arthur, Howard, and Paul. Her father Albert, a widower, had lost his first wife to Spanish influenza and was left to raise the three boys alone. He remarried Helen Marie Reeber, who gave birth to Alberta in 1921. Life in Detroit was as beautiful as it was exciting. “All the streets were lined with big trees. The branches of huge maples and elms almost closed off the sky,” Alberta remembers. And if she couldn’t find inspiration in the setting, she surely found it at home and in the company her father kept.
Nov 12, 2018 11:14:53 AM
Marygrove College couldn’t be more excited to welcome an early childhood education center and a Detroit Public School Community District public elementary and high school to the Marygrove campus in northwest Detroit in the next couple years.
Oct 25, 2018 1:06:26 PM
Marygrove College is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Discover the MA in Social Justice Program with Department Chair Dr. Brenda Bryant and find out what a graduate degree in Social Justice can do for you…and for the world. Scholarships available!
Topics: social justice
Oct 25, 2018 11:14:52 AM
Underground Railroad Tour
@ Second Baptist Church of Detroit
Saturday, November 17, 2018, 1:30pm
Lecture & Tour: Adults $7.00 Children (under 13) $4.00
Oct 23, 2018 1:38:58 PM
Marygrove College’s Graduate Studies in Human Resource Management is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting (Webinar) discussing Strategic Human Resource Management with Professor G. Jerry van Rossum. This free webinar will review the historical journey from Personnel Offices to the current Strategic Human Resource Partnerships.
Topics: Human Resource Management
Marygrove's Contemporary American Author Lecture Series Features Acclaimed Author and Poet Elizabeth Acevedo on April 26, 2019
Oct 4, 2018 11:22:43 AM
Oct 3, 2018 7:08:08 AM
P20 Press Conference
September 13, 2018
Dr. Beth Burns’ Remarks
Thank you, Ann. The Marygrove community looks forward to welcoming Starfish Family Services to campus.
Good morning, Mayor Duggan, to our partners who share the steps of this historic building with me, and to all of you. On behalf of the Marygrove College board of trustees, our alumni, faculty, staff, students and supporters, I want to welcome you all to this beautiful campus and thank all our partners for making this tremendous investment.
Sep 20, 2018 12:59:21 PM
New cradle-to-career educational partnership to serve more than 1,000 Detroit children on Marygrove campus
Sep 13, 2018 2:26:44 PM
$50 million Kresge Foundation neighborhood development commitment centered on education brings University of Michigan, Detroit Public Schools Community District, Starfish Family Services, Marygrove College and other partners together in northwest Detroit