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5th Edition of the Carnival of African American Genealogy (CoAGG): Rebirth: It’s Time for Revival !!!!

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My Grandmother’s Living Legacy

Mildred Schexnayder Muggah

My grandmother Mildred was a faithful member of the Allen Temple Baptist Church in Oakland California, but I was a baby when she passed away and my mother was practically a child herself when my grandmother had passed. So I did not hear the family stories of the baptismal or the homecomings. I did not see any pictures of Easter Sunday bests. Grandmother’s children attended Sunday school and they learn the Beatitudes and they attended the summer camps. They had to recite scriptures on “Watch Night” programs. They said their prayers before bed. But I sensed my grandmother was very spiritual inwardly, because I believe that she had passed it down to my mother. Meaning my mother did not preach the bible, but she made it alive through daily living. One example was when my mother was fixing breakfast and asked my brother Oliver and I, what did we want to eat for breakfast. I had wanted pancakes and he wanted waffles. Our mother was only going to make one choice, so we had to decide which one. I demanded pancakes and Oliver demanded waffles, it appeared that there was no compromising. My mother said “I guess I am not making either one”  I told my mother that she can make the waffles. My mother chose to make my choice the pancakes and then she explain why she had made that decision by telling us the story of the “Judgment of King Solomon”, where King Solomon ruled between two women who both claimed to be the mother of this one particular baby. That breakfast moment with my mother had birthed my spirituality quest. Pancakes was by no means a comparison to a baby, but I felt the love and compassion my mother was teaching in that story. My quest to learn about the love of God had begun. My mother did not realize she had birthed to me what her mother birthed to her. As I hope to have birthed to my sons. We did not passed on “Religion”, but the love of God. It will be our personal choice how we follow that path. My grandmother’s spirituality has rebirth in her daughter and her granddaughter.

 My first gospel song my mother taught my brother Oliver and I.


See the little baby, amen. Lyin’ in a manger, amen. On Christmas morning,                                Amen, amen,  amen

See him in the temple, amen. Talking with the elders, amen. Who marveled at his wisdom   Amen, amen, amen

See him by the seaside, amen.  Talking with the fishermen, amen. Makin’ ’em disciples,       Amen, amen, amen

Marchin’ to Jerusalem, amen. Wavin’ palm branches, amen. In pomp and splendor                Amen, amen, amen

See him in the garden, amen. Talkin’ with the father, amen. In deepest sorrow                         Amen, amen, amen

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Posted by on November 19, 2013 in CoAAG, Muggah, Schexnayder


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19 responses to “5th edition of the CARNIVAL of AFRICAN AMERICAN GENEALOGY:REBIRTH: It’s Time For Revival!

  1. True!

    November 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    The Older FOlks had a way of doing that, teaching us without us knowing and we would learn something so quick about Life. Very Sweet.

  2. kristin

    November 19, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    That was such a kind way to teach that lesson in a way that you will always remember.

    • Stephani

      November 21, 2013 at 3:31 am

      Yes, Kristin it is was kind and powerful at the same.

  3. LindaRe

    November 19, 2013 at 5:50 pm

    We don’t need to hear sermons 24/7 to learn spiritual truths. Your mother was like my mother, they are our examples.

    • Stephani

      November 21, 2013 at 3:25 am

      Thank you Linda.

  4. Bernita

    November 19, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    There are so many ways to teach your children, your mother found a great way to leave an lasting impression. Loved your life story.

    • Stephani

      November 19, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you Bernita and I didn’t mention gospel music in my the blog, but it appears to be a common thread in the other CoAAG blogs. But my mother did sing with us the simple “Amen” song frequently. Which I believe is a simple song with a strong message.

  5. kamautribe

    November 20, 2013 at 1:55 am

    Great blog post. Sounds like you come from a line of great women. Actually, we share DNA through your mother. I am on 23andme and gedmatch.

    • Stephani

      November 20, 2013 at 4:14 am

      Thank you and I will look for you on 23andme!

  6. AAGSAR (@AAGSARFacebook)

    November 20, 2013 at 4:15 pm

    Water flows from a source Stephani. It flowed from Ms. Mildred to your Mom & clearly into you. Your Mom sounds like a woman of spirit & wisdom. Quoting scripture is easy; applying the principles & discipline are another matter. Your Mom understood context; she took a life situation to teach a spiritual & life long lesson. She planted GOOD fruit! Very proud of you my dear! Very, VERY proud!:)

    • Stephani

      November 21, 2013 at 3:20 am

      Thank you for your guidance 🙂

  7. Joann

    November 21, 2013 at 1:42 am

    Stories like the one your mom used for the pancakes and waffles are unforgettable. A lesson learned with such spiritual meaning. I remember that song to “Amen”. Thanks for sharing!

    • Stephani

      November 21, 2013 at 3:23 am

      Joan, you are right certain stories are unforgettable to us.

  8. Denise Muhammad

    November 21, 2013 at 4:36 am

    What a beautiful story. Your mother sounds like a beautiful and very wise woman. 🙂

    • Stephani

      November 21, 2013 at 5:25 am

      Thank you Denise and I always believed that about my mother since that particular day.

  9. Christina

    December 14, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Such a beautiful post. Your mother sounds like an amazing woman.


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