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CHESTER, SC, June 30, 2009 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Vivian Ayers-Allen, poet, cultural activist and Founding Director of the "Brainerd Institute Project," a subsidiary of The ADEPT Publications New American Folk Center, Inc., has been recognized by Cambridge Who's Who for dedication, leadership and excellence in all various aspects of her career.
As director of ADEPT and the Brainerd Institute Project, Ms. Ayers-Allen is responsible for the collection of Brainerd archives, the ongoing development of the Museum-Executive Offices of ADEPT, and Fund Raising and fiscal management in service to these operations. A Pulitzer Award nominee poet, playwright and publisher, she did also once serve as a librarian at Rice University, where she was trained and given faculty status in 1966. Her published works include a first book of poems, "Spice of Dawns" and an allegory of Freedom made analogous to love and to space flight, "HAWK'. The latter work has been honored by NASA in Clear Lake, Texas on numerous occasions. Much poetry has been dispersed through letters and formal presentations sponsored by museums, cultural centers and Universities.
Ms. Ayers-Allen is an alumna of Brainerd Institute. She completed course work in music and the standard curricula at Barber-Scotia College in Concord, NC, and course work in drama at Bennett College for Women in Greensboro, NC. She is the recipient of two Honorary Doctorates awarded by Wilberforce University in Ohio in the year 1995, and by her alma mater, Bennett College, in the year 2006. Her extended studies include fifteen consecutive years of Classical Greek training, and twenty years of independent Mayan research. She hopes to publish very soon a definitive work resulting from her independent research into Mesoamerican Math-Astronomy.
Brainerd Institute (1867 - 1939) was organized for newly liberated African slaves following the American Civil War by the Board of Missions of the Presbyterian Church, USA. The historic estate was purchased by Tony Award winning Actress Phylicia Rashad in 1999 and immediately transferred to the 501 3 corporation, ADEPT, so as to proceed with its redevelopment and resurgence as a cultural and educational center, under the direction of Vivian Ayers-Allen in association with her daughters Phylicia Rashad, Debbie Allen and a Board of Directors. Debbie Allen and affable spouse, Norman Nixon, the former Laker "Great," have sponsored this move to our native Chester.
"It's a new world!" says the poet Vivian Ayers-Allen," And what is a 'new world'... but the self speaking up in the joy of Self-recognition and expression? Once all America was new."
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