The Cosmopolitan Review: July 26 to August 1

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 7/26/2018, 11:15 a.m.

Summer breeze, summer madness, summertime and the living is easy. As we are about to enter into the dog days of August, it is important to make sure you have your summer gear—bug spray, suntan lotion with an extra high SPF, easy slip-on sandals, dress, jean shorts, tankini or swim trunks, shawl or light jacket for a cool summer night, sunglasses and a large bag to throw it all in because you never know where you may end up. Summer flies by so quickly, so make sure you enjoy each and every minute.

It’s interesting that while the political scene is so hot, hot, hot and divided, bipartisan friendships still abound. Everyone knows Ivanka and Chelsea are friends. Spotted most recently together, just hanging out, were Tiffany Trump and Naomi Biden, granddaughter of Joe. Can’t we all just get along?

Friends from everywhere came together to show their love for Keith Wright (who needs no title or introduction). Keith’s mother Constance Emma Gray Wright died July 11 at the age of 98. The wake was held at Benta’s with standing room only, followed by the funeral at St. Phillip’s Church, 204 W. 134th St. The church has a new pastor, the Rev. Canon Terence Alexander Lee, and what better way to start than to have Ms. Connie introduce him to the overwhelming congregation that loved her dearly. I remember Ms. Connie, as I most fondly called her, as a tall, lanky lady, who always had a smile on her face. If I may, I would like to post her obituary because she was such a quiet, humble woman, little did we know she was a legend, an icon, someone we can look up to as she was a woman of courage, grace and inspiration. It’s important that we know these things.

Constance (Connie) Emma Gray Wright was a lifelong resident of Harlem. The second child of Lloyd Emerson Gray and Helen Consuelo Stannard Gray, she was born at her parents’ home at 564 Lenox Ave. Her mother was a homemaker. Her father was a mail carrier by profession, but his passion was in the arts. He was a part-time actor and musician who played with Fletcher Henderson’s band and he acted in the original cast of Porgy. The couple nurtured their children’s curiosity leading them both to STEM careers. Connie excelled in school and attended the prestigious Hunter High School, graduating in 1937 at the age of 16. Her brother Raymond attended Stuyvesant High School. He later became an engineer. Connie matriculated to Hunter College where she majored in statistics. She graduated in 1941 and went to work for John Lewis Wilson, who was the only Black architect appointed to a team of seven who were chosen to design the Harlem River Houses. At the height of World War II, Connie left the city in 1942 to work for the war effort. She joined the U.S. Signal Corps at Fort Monmouth, N.J., where her statistical skills made her a true “Hidden Figure.” Her job was to decode secrets and while she was immensely proud of her contribution to the war effort, she talked little about what she did and never revealed what she uncovered.