Senior Luncheon with special guest speaker Mrs. Mattie Mae Tarver Lawson

Senior Luncheon with special guest speaker Mrs. Mattie Mae Tarver Lawson

March 13th Lucy Craft Laney Museum Senior Luncheon will be held 11:30 to 1pm and features special guest speaker Mrs. Mattie Mae Tarver Lawson.

Mrs. Mattie Mae Tarver Lawson was born and reared in Blythe, GA in the outskirts of Richmond County, during the beginning of the historical Civil Rights Movement.  She recalls the era as one when she met struggles of racism, poverty, inadequate education, and the endurance of life as a cotton-picker. With faith and a determined mind, she used her struggles as a driving force towards motivation to attain a better quality of life.

A series of manual labor positions at the Medical College of Georgia propelled her toward her pivotal selection as an Operating Room Surgical-Scrub Technologist.  Starting with night school at Lucy Craft Laney High School and steadily gaining credentials from Emory University,  Mrs. Lawson became the first African American female Laparoscopy Coordinator for the state of Georgia. Her achievement her included selection as the first female surgical technologist for the Talmadge Hospital Kidney Transplant Team.

Mrs. Lawson’s various medical experiences enabled her to form the background for elder care.  She now owns and operate Spice of Life Personal Care Home.  She has written poems published and archived in Treasured Poems of America & Poetic Voices. Her autobiography From Colored Water ‘Til Now chronicles her inspiring story and is a great voice of the era.

For more information and reservations call 706-724-3576.