A LETTER FROM TIFFANY WALFORD (GEORGE WASS’ NIECE) AND BLACK COFFEE POET’S RESPSONSE

Saturday July 9, 2011

Dear Black Coffee Poet,

I stumbled on your website and I was so impressed about what you represent and your voice for the people who feel that they do not have one.

I went to PARC the other day with my daughter and one of the first things I noticed was the beautiful artwork hanging on the wall. I was told that all of the artwork was done by Parkdale residents. I can only imagine what Underground Inspirations would entail.

I am George Wass’ niece and all of the people that knew him loved him. He had a very difficult life but he was able to finally find true happiness in his life. Although his death was tragic, I hope that it continues to make people notice the discrimination that people with mental disabilities face on a daily basis.

Thank you for the great work that you do.

Tiffany Walford

Saturday June 9, 2011

Dear Tiffany Walford,

Thank you for taking the time to read blackcoffeepoet.com.  And thanks for your letter.

It’s an hounour to receive a letter from a reader that was so impacted by my work.  And a letter that reminded me of why I started blackcoffeepoet.com is more than I could ask for.

The Parkdale Street Writers are a talented bunch who do not forget where they came from; in turn, that knowledge has them heading in the right direction.

Your uncle’s death (George Wass) was sad and unjust.  People have not forgotten.  The word warriors in Parkdale will make sure of that.

Peace to you and your family.

Sincerely,

Black Coffee Poet

blackcoffeepoet@gmail.com

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About Black Coffee Poet

Black Coffee Poet is a mixed race poet, essayist, and journalist who focuses on Social Justice, Indigenous Rights, STOPPING Violence Against Women, Film, and Literature.
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