The Cosmopolitan Review 03/12-03/18

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 3/12/2015, 11:42 a.m.
Yvonne Delaney Mitchell gives her weekly Cosmopolitan Review.
Dr. Roscoe C. Brown, Jr. (Photo courtesy of

Do you think the snow is pretty much done? Isn’t it almost the middle of the month? We’ll just have to let Mother Nature do her thing. Obviously, the Earth needs a good cleansing, and snowstorms one day and temperatures close to 50 degrees a few days later is a mighty potent cleanser. But who knows, with the arrival of daylight savings time Sunday, maybe temperatures will continue to rise and spring will be in the air.

Neither snow, sleet, rain nor daylight savings time kept avid reader Elizabeth Rankin Fulcher indoors as she joined the Black Women’s Leadership Caucus, headed down to Alabama. The Black Women’s Leadership Caucus has touched the lives of so many people in financial need through their philanthropic works while keeping us all connected to our history. You may recall that the organization worked tirelessly to have March 10 recognized as Harriet Tubman Day. This year, they will be proud to say they were in the neighborhood as history was being made on the 50th anniversary of the march from Selma to Montgomery. The group joined the multitudes Sunday as they walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge.

Elizabeth’s previous trip was to D.C. last month, when she hurried down to Washington to attend the unveiling of a stamp for Robert Robinson Young (Valerie Jarrett’s grandfather) at the Smithsonian’s Postal Museum. The ceremony was followed by the evening’s opening reception for its latest exhibit, “Freedom Just Around the Corner: Black America from Civil War to Civil Rights.” The exhibit at the Smithsonian’s Postal Museum runs through March 2016. The Smithsonian’s next unveiling will take place April 7, when Dr. Maya Angelo is being honored on a postage stamp.

A little closer to home, the Bronx Museum of the Arts held its 2015 Spring Gala and Auction, raising more than $825,000. Proceeds from the event will enable the museum to continue offering free public programs that make art accessible to communities throughout the Bronx and neighboring boroughs.

Saturday, March 14, the Urban Park Rangers will conduct a tour of the night sky beginning at 5 p.m. at the Isham Street and Seaman Avenue Inwood Hill Park location. The “Night Sky” program highlights history and folklore, using the naked eye to locate stars and planets. The event is free, and maybe March 14 will be one of those 50-degree days. What could be more romantic than stargazing on a warm, clear night?

The Harlem Cultural Archives will celebrate the naming of the northwest corner of 135th Street and Madison Avenue after Harlem icon Dr. John L. S. Holloman Jr. A meet-and-greet reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. and testimonials to his lasting legacy will take place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Harlem Hospital Center Atrium at 136th Street and Malcolm X Boulevard. Immediately after the testimonials will be the unveiling of the new street sign at 135th Street and Madison Avenue. RSVPs are required, so check out the Harlem Cultural Archives website for further information.