Tribute to Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones

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Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones (Cleveland, Ohio) died suddenly yesterday [8/20/08] of a brain hemorrhage. She will be greatly missed by many. She served 10 years in Congress and was an outstanding public servant. She was only 58 years old.

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About Don Iannone

Don Iannone is a poet, writer, teacher and photographer who lives in the Greater Cleveland area. He has worked in the economic development field for over 35 years. Don is the author of three poetry books and five photography books. He is working on a short book of photographs and poems about human trafficking. This work was exhibited at six venues in Ohio. Don holds an M.A. degree in Art and Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, where he teaches writing. His educational background also includes studies in Anthropology, Photography, Organizational Behavior, and Economic Development. Don’s website: http://www.donaldiannone.com Wisdom Work Press: https://wisdomworkpress.wordpress.com

6 thoughts on “Tribute to Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs-Jones

  1. The life of one impacts so many that the void we leave behind after we’ve gone is often greater than the sum of what we even think we know. Wonderful tribute to an obviously great lady. Thanks for sharing, Don.

  2. Stephanie Tubbs Jones (In Memorial)

    The month of September, 10th day, the year 1949,
    Looking down from heaven God said, “It’s time,”
    Cleveland, Ohio, born to Andrew and Mary Tubbs,
    Siblings Mattie and Barbara, Stephanie I was dubbed.

    Well, equality in that time period was not a household name,
    Miles Elementary, Collinwood High, through the ranks I came,
    B.A. in Social Work from prestigious Case Western Reserve,
    I had high hopes, big dreams and all of my life, a lot of nerve.

    Gainful employment in public service was my entire career,
    I was determined to move forward, like Joshua I had no fear,
    Aware there were those who would scrutinize my every move,
    With God above, my race and females under me, I couldn’t lose.

    Someone had to set the standard, be the forerunner on this track,
    Time for a breakthrough in the movement, I couldn’t look back,
    Brothers Carl & Louis Stokes from my city put dents in the door,
    I had to knock stereotypes down, at least put in a few dents more.

    Assistant County Prosecutor and Trial Attorney for the E.E.O.C.,
    Some might think that’s the end, it was only the beginning for me,
    1982, Cleveland Municipal Court Judge was my first elected gig,
    It was really getting good to me now and I just continued to dig.

    Honorary Doctorates @ Meyers, Notre Dame College, Central, CSU,
    Do you think that’s something? Ha! I’m not even half way through,
    1st African-American woman on Common Pleas Court, State of Ohio,
    1991, first female Cuyahoga County Prosecutor, lots more for the bio.

    Upon the retirement from congress of the Honorable Louis Stokes,
    Ran in his place, won convincingly, I showed many it’s not a joke,
    While in Congress I continued to achieve, breaking new ground,
    There’d be no status-quo long as Congresswoman Tubbs is around.

    This new chapter, President of the Freshman Congressional Class,
    Co-Chair of this, Whip of that, so many more, how long does it last?
    I could have won an Olympic Gold Medal because I moved so fast,
    Yet with extra care and precision because I lived in a house of glass.

    Let’s back up to November 1976, marriage to Mr. Mervyn L. Jones,
    A stellar performance for sure but alas, I did not accomplish it alone,
    A partner, compadre and Mervyn Jr. as one became two then three,
    Special thanks to my loving sisters of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority.

    Yes, there were trying times, some with pain, suffering and hurt,
    Praise God I was a lifelong member of Bethany Baptist Church,
    If I’ve skipped anyone or anything there’s too many to mention,
    And everyone should know by now that was never my intention.

    Super Woman’s work is never done and that’s a very good thing too,
    Much has been done already with seemingly way so much more to do,
    The 2008 DNC is next week however my Father is calling me home,
    Love & thanks with appreciation. Sincerely, Stephanie Tubbs Jones.

    Poems By Luke Easter

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