The Honorable Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
OUR BRIEF SUMMATION OF OUR LIFELONG CIVIL RIGHTS HISTORY:
At 17 years of age, Bob and Jenny met the loves of their lives (each other) as freshmen in college. Within their classes, they were studying the tragedy of apartheid in South Africa, as they were concurrently studying the soon and coming Voting Rights Act of 1964. Outside of class, they were members of Jr. NAACP, and Jenny unsuccessfully attempted to start a college campus chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Their successes were, however, marching in solidarity…..from marching together shoulder-to-shoulder in the sympathy march for Selma (from Eastlake Park to the Arizona Capital, to marching with Senor Cesar Chavez, protesting under his guiding wing at a sit-in at the Capital and at the fields, to the ultimate march, in attending beloved and unsurpassed President Barack Obama’s 2008 Presidential Inauguration.
As the journey continues in solidarity to serve our neighbors with struggles toward freedom and equality, towards ending segregation and oppression, Bob and Jenny welcome you to march alongside us. (Please also read Our Histories/Biographies at the top of the page.)
January 21, 2011 Honorees for Brother Martin: Bob Ramsey and Jenny Norton
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., award, presented annually in recognition of the principals and the vision of Dr. King, is designed to honor those who lead by their service to others and to quote Dr. King “…recognize that he who is the greatest among you shall be your servant…”
Executive Director for ASU Gammage
Assistant Vice President for Cultural Affairs
(Award Picture here ASU honors Bob and Jenny The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award)
“I’m going where the Southern crosses the Yellow Dog.”
Nettie Moore, Written by Bob Dylan, Copyright © 2006 by Special Rider Music. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. Reprinted by permission.
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Presented to Jenny by Phoenix Union High School lifelong colleague and community activist, Ms. Patty Howell Heck, who is an unsurpassed educator with a specialty in literacy. Ms. Patty received, within the Oval Office, one of the “Thousand Points of Light,” for her service.
“Meanwhile, far away in another part of town
Rubin Carter and a couple of friends are drivin’ around”*
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Where justice is a game”*
Reprint of Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan’s Hurricane, used by permission. Copyright © 1975 by Ram’s Horn Music; renewed 2003 by Ram’s Horn Music
(More Photos) Serving as voter registrars, Bob and Jenny have, lifelong, actively served to facilitate all to be able to exercise their right to vote. Our Foundation joyfully supports a student Commitment to Action through CGI U to raise awareness of, and rally toward, voter registration of the marginalized within the southern United States.
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The Honorable Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
Honorable Mandela created the very foundation of ending oppression, and of bringing about justice and freedom to his people, our beloved neighbors, and we thank him with our deepest loving thanks.
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Among the most glorious and educational listening moments ever for Jenny was when Bob read aloud the wonderful, late Paul Robeson’s underlined passages within Mr. Robeson’s own personal copy of the great Paul Laurence Dunbar’s “Lyrics of Lowly Life”.
The underlined passages were about the sad time that our hero Frederick Douglass went Home to Our Lord. One passage revealed that “A hush is over all the teeming lists”.
Bob was holding in his hands Paul Robeson’s personal copy of the “Lyrics of Lowly Life” because of the beautiful work of Ms. Heather at Honey & Wax. The Ramsey Social Justice Foundation welcomes you to learn more here: