A rebel with many causes may sound cliche at first take, but even cliches often speak to truth, and Mama C is truth. I will not take time reviewing her backstory easily found online about the reasons behind the transition from Charlotte Hill O’Neal from Kansas City, Kansas into Mama C from Tanzania, Africa. However, her life story has a direct connection with the trajectory of the civil rights movement in the U. S., and the empowerment of people whose voices could no longer lay in silence. She was in the mix.
The fromacloud video interview with Mama C focuses on her. Her womanhood, her passions, and her personal foundation. A foundation anchored by the spirit of growing up in Kansas, and nurtured in social awareness by The Black Panther Party to develop a global world view. Her deep love for the Arts, which began in America wraps around the essence of her existence. Mama C has a profound need to help others, a need that extends through her music, poetry, and quilt art.
Building a life in Tanzania, and establishing the United African Alliance Community Center (UAACC) with her husband, Mzee Pete O’Neal, demonstrates the power people have to create positive change. Through the UAACC, they have planted many seeds of learning. The Center helps youth develop into their confident selves through computer and English classes, and flourish through poetry, and sewing.
Watch and listen to Mama C speak truth.