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Author, Poet, Dancer, Actress and Singer
April 04, 1928 - May 28, 2014
She became a poet and writer after a series of occupations as a young adult, including fry cook, prostitute, nightclub dancer and performer, cast member of the opera Porgy and Bess, coordinator for the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and journalist in Egypt and Ghana during the decolonization of Africa. She was an actor, writer, director, and producer of plays, movies, and public television programs. From 1982, she taught at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, where she held the first lifetime Reynolds Professorship of American Studies. She was active in the Civil Rights movement, and worked with Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X. Beginning in the 1990s, she made around 80 appearances a year on the lecture circuit, something she continued into her eighties. In 1993, Angelou recited her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" (1993) at President Bill Clinton's inauguration, making her the first poet to make an inaugural recitation since Robert Frost at President John F. Kennedy's inauguration in 1961.
With the publication of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Angelou publicly discussed aspects of her personal life. She was respected as a spokesperson for black people and women, and her works have been considered a defense of Black culture. Attempts have been made to ban her books from some U.S. libraries, but her works are widely used in schools and universities worldwide. Angelou's major works have been labeled as autobiographical fiction, but many critics have characterized them as autobiographies. She made a deliberate attempt to challenge the common structure of the autobiography by critiquing, changing, and expanding the genre. Her books center on themes such as racism, identity, family, and travel.
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The state of our treatment center in Montgomery County is sub-standard, we need to put money into modernizing the facility that houses so many of our residents and service their family members.
Lately I got word that there is a $20 million dollar, 49,160 square foot state of the art facility being built as an emergency animal shelter. I am also a lover of animals, but find it appalling that we can find that much money to shelter homeless animals, but none for our facility to assist the homeless and destitute humans in our county. I am offended that this is how my tax dollars are being delegated. I’m offended that those who I trust to make decisions on where my tax dollars are spent, prioritize animals over human beings.
I know that Avery Road was originally built as a modular temporary building in 1991, but was never placed in a permanent facility or modernized. The building leaks throughout, the walls are separating making it easy for small animals to enter also, the facility frequently losses power, forcing the facility to turn people away or release them; some of them don’t make it back. I am attaching pictures of this new facility and the Avery Road Treatment Center to give you a visual on how stark the living conditions are for stray animals and citizens of this County.
Below is a description taken from the Emergency shelter’s website:
The Montgomery County Animal Services and Adoption Center is a new 49,160 square-foot facility containing public adoption areas, private animal holding and treatment areas, a sally port, classroom, conference room and office space. The Shelter will be located at the northwest corner of the intersection of Muncaster Mill Road and Airpark Drive. The facility will be owned by and operated primarily by the Montgomery County Police Department Animal Services Division. The building will house Animal Services functions, such as isolation, quarantine, and holding of feral, ill or seized animals, but will also serve as a public adoption center and community education resource for animal care issues.
The building is a one and a half story linear mass driven by the desire to create a straightforward circulation system with easily navigable corridors for animal transport. All animal care and housing areas are required to be on the lower level to facilitate movement and operations. The second floor houses the office spaces, conference room, break room, and mechanical functions. The facility is oriented on an east-west axis to optimize daylighting potential and address Muncaster Mill Road, the fronting street. Two public entries are located along the south façade, one for adoptions visitors and one for animal services visitors. A third less prominent entry is also provided at the center of the south façade, which will be used for after-hours functions in the classroom space.
Two outbuildings are also included on site. The first outbuilding structure is a single story masonry building with metal roofing designed to house bulk food storage. This function was separated from the main building to address concerns with vermin control. The food storage building is located adjacent to the main building loading dock to facilitate food delivery and transport. The second outbuilding is located to the northeast of the staff parking and functions as a livestock barn. It is a wood pole barn-type structure with metal siding and roofing. It includes four stalls, stacking coops, and a feed storage area. A fenced paddock for outdoor exercise is provided to its north and east sides.
A walking trail will be provided where staff and volunteers can walk adoptable animals and permit them to have access to fresh air and exercise. Outdoor screened exercise runs are also provided adjacent to the canine holding and quarantine areas for supervised use.
HVAC systems are designed to provide ten air changes per hour, which reduces the spread of odors and disease. Radiant floor heating in all canine areas provides added comfort for the animals.
Durable, attractive finishes are specified for the building interior. Skylights and large windows allow daylight into the majority of regularly occupied spaces. Environmental design features include use of a vegetated roof over the adoption areas, water efficient plumbing fixtures, energy efficient building envelope and HVAC design, and use of recycled and locally manufactured materials.
Currently, there is a grant request to initiate funding to this facility and I would appreciate your support for getting this grant approved and expedited; As well as support for obtaining any additional funding to get this project off the ground.
Start by signing the Stand with Recovery online petition at: Change.org
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New Emergency Animal Shelter