Thursday, October 11, 2018

Reclaiming Her Time With Dolls

Congresswoman Maxine Waters is seen in a 1995 photo with her collection of black dolls (Ebony magazine, January 1995)

Congresswoman Maxine Waters is featured in the article, "Black Collectors African American Professionals Reveal the Passion Behind Their Prized Collections" (Ebony magazine, January 1995). The article reads as pictured below:




Waters has served as US Representative D-CA in three different districts since 1990.  After my first book was published, I became aware of our shared black-doll-collecting passion and contacted the congresswoman to inquire if she would like a complimentary copy of The Definitive Guide to Collecting Black Dolls.  The answer was, "Yes!"  The copy was immediately forwarded to her.

The caption of the above Internet captured-photo reads:  In a rare moment of relaxation, Waters dresses a doll from her large Black doll collection  And when congressional responsibilities and community engagements permit, she makes leisure time for reading, swimming, and shopping for antiques.

The congresswoman is seen above in an undated photo admiring one of her beautiful baby dolls.  Whether or not she remains an active collector is unknown.  If, however, she still owns and is enjoying her collection, I am confident that her dolls aid in reclaiming her time and provide solace away from the busyness and often treacherousness of today's US politics.

See this outspoken, passionate woman exhibit tenacity in getting to the crux of issues in videos at the embedded links.  In the first video, she reclaims her time from U. S. Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin who evaded her question with a lengthy nonsensical answer and in the second she implores the Black community to speak out against the injustices they continue to face.  Her passion for her constituents and her outspokenness are among the reasons the African American community has affectionately hailed her as their "Aunty Maxine."

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10 comments:

  1. This is wonderful :). Key point about growing up and not seeking dolls that look like her.

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    1. It is wonderful that the congresswoman was able to finally see and own dolls that look like her. Everyone should have that privilege.

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  2. It is exciting to know that someone as amazing as Representative Waters, is also a collector of dolls.

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    1. It is exciting! I enjoy learning about celebrities and other influential people who collect dolls.

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  3. I LOVE it didn't know that she collect dolls, that's why she's so happy :)
    XOXOXOOOXO
    Cathy B.

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  4. Maxine Waters is an American treasure, a courageous woman who is not afraid to speak truth to power.

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  5. Great post! I did not know that she was a collector. Awesome!!

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