Many of us know the overflow of love within and the unique awakening power of poetry and song.
Some of us identify with the codes of righteousness….the common and accompanying invigoration that music of social justice and advocacy can bring us.
Such music may be melodies with words about our struggle against oppression.
Other songs may offer lyrics teaching freedom in action.
Still others are mere and modest melodies facilitating liberty in thought, or extraordinary anthems opening our awareness.
”It’s been a long, long time,” since, as a young child, Jenny was personally introduced to the great trumpeter and Big Band Leader Harry James, (who harmoniously recorded this signature song during our year of birth – 1945), and then, as a teenager, was in awed personal conversation with, and held the sitar of transcendent Ravi Shankar.*
Here are a few singer/songwriters, musical artistes, on this page of our website, who are of personal and great importance to our own missions to the underserved and underrepresented. Welcome to their worthy websites……..
“Gonna sleep over there, that’s where the music coming from
I don’t need any guide, I already know the way
Remember this, I’m your servant both night and day”
~Reprinted with Permission from Bob Dylan; Copyright © 2006 by Special Rider Music
As Mr. Ben Rollins reveals to us regarding the unsurpassed musical/lyrical work of Bob Dylan: “The magnificent music matches the searing lyrics.”
We welcome you to also view some of Bob Dylan’s unsurpassed art within the following video:
“Tolling for the rebel, tolling for the rake
Tolling for the luckless, the abandoned an’ forsaked
Tolling for the outcast, burnin’ constantly at stake
An’ we gazed upon the chimes of freedom flashing.”
~ Reprinted with Permission from the Nobel Laureate; Copyright © 1964 by Warner Bros. Inc.; renewed 1992 by Special Rider Music
From Social Justice Minister Jenny Norton:
“During September, 2001, on September 12th (“the day after”), my EMS husband, Bob Ramsey, was summoned to New York City for a tour of duty at Ground Zero, to help in organizing the tragic victims’ systems.
His plane was the first in the air from Sky Harbor to New York, where he spent weeks in ardent work, saddened, yet determined.
Later, Nobel Laureate Bob Dylan painted a commemorative portrait for me to present to Bob. The portrait depicts my husband Bob’s sad, determined countenance, with meaningful shadowy skeletons of our Twin Towers in the background.
Many years later, when the significant and magnificent Face Value Portrait Collection was displayed, upon personally viewing the Collection at London’s National Portrait Gallery, we were honored to purchase it, and then, to share the most meaningful portraits of those met and sketched along the Nobel Laureate’s Beaten Path.”
Rolling Stone Article:
Bob Dylan to Exhibit Portraits, Handwritten Lyrics at Tulsa Art Museum
Gilcrease Museum Gallery Link within article:
Our dear friend, Graham Nash, musician of meaningful and elegant music and art, and conscientious advocate for our Cause to end homelessness, has created the following inspiration for us:
Every Child Deserves a Doctor, and the Ramsey Foundation is happy to announce that we will walk alongside the Children’s Health Fund, which was co-founded in 1987 by singer/songwriter Paul Simon, with pediatrician/child advocate Irwin Redlener, MD and Executive Director Karen Redlener, MS
We are dedicated to serve with the Children’s Health Fund, with a specific focus on their mobile units to impoverished ares, and we invite you to serve as well. Their commitment is unsurpassed toward providing health care to the nation’s most medically underserved children.
Bob and Carlos Santana visiting about our Foundation’s donated ambulance and support to Jalisco Centro Comunitario de Salud.
All children are our children, and with all our love we send an ambulance for all the little ones who receive care at Carlos Santana’s Centro Comunitario de Salud in Jalisco, Mexico. Bob presents a gift from his wife to Carlos, explaining: un regalo por los niños de las commadres de la Jenny.
A seventh-generation Quaker, Bob Ramsey’s life long experiences of meditation, of going into the Silence, has revealed to him what David Lynch also teaches, inside each of us “is an ocean of pure, vibrant consciousness”. We join with David Lynch and his Foundation’s CEO, Bob Roth to share, with love, this awareness with our inner-city children.
Christmas in the Heart – Paul Snyder informs :”During a recession winter when U.S. employment (was) hovering near 10%, US royalties from ‘Christmas in the Heart’ are going to the charity organization ‘Feeding America.’ International royalties are going to charities in the UK and the developing world.” Jenny adds: more than four million meals to the hungry have already been guaranteed by Mr. Dylan, plus the music is preciously honest, gloriously meaningful, and provides a perfect background for “grandchildrening…..”
PERPETUATING OUR WONDERFUL FOLK MUSIC TRADITION:
Social justice through folk music has been accomplished for generations by songs towards ending oppression, and by lyrics about advancing diversity. Our Foundation has a small scholarship offer for a Kingston Trio student to encourage a youthful musician to learn, and perpetuate, the lost language of folk music. Because, as Joe Hill once explained, folk songs may be learned by heart, and then can be repeated over and over, while a pamphlet may only be read once. And, as Bob Shane once explained, “Sing Out!”
(For more information:)
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:
With highest thanks to Woody Wilson and Walt Richardson for bringing song and awareness towards solidarity with our homeless neighbors, our street neighbors:
After a splendid opening night during August of 2017, we are honored to belong to the family of The Van Buren, Phoenix’s newest 1800 capacity concert venue – converted from an historic Mercedes auto-dealership located right next to our childhood church, and a just a few blocks from our high school and childhood home in Phoenix.
Welcome to our “wide array of nationally touring artists and community events”!
May Jenny and Bob Ramsey invite you to read more about our opening night below: