Monday, March 8, 2021

Naomi Johnson Still Swingin’: Celebrating 80 Years of Life, Love, Family, Faith, Music

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*The year of 1937 heralded many historical moments: Franklin D. Roosevelt was sworn in for a second term as President of the United States.

William Hastie became the first African American Federal Judge. Joe Louis defeated James J. Braddock and won the World Heavyweight Championship.

Singer Nancy Wilson was born on February 20, in Chillicothe, Ohio. And on January 13, Naomi Stansil was born in the Roxbury section of Boston, Massachuetts to Mattie Smith Stansil and Joseph Nathaniel Stansil.

The youngest of seven children, the Stansil clan included five sisters and two brothers. Sadly, after only 13 months of life, Naomi’s oldest sister, Sheba died from a rare childhood disease.

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Gwendolyn Quinn
Gwendolyn Quinn is an award-winning media consultant with a career spanning over 25 years. She is the founder and creator of the African American Public Relations Collective (AAPRC) and the Global Communicator. Her weekly columns, “Inside Broadway,” “The Living Legends Series,” and “My Person of the Week” are published with EURWEB.com. She is also a contributor to BE.com, BE Pulse (via Medium.com) and the Huffington Post. Quinn is also a contributor to "Souls Revealed" and "Handle Your Entertainment Business." She is the curator of The Living Legends Foundation’s “The State of Black Music and Beyond” essay series published on the Huffington Post. Contact her at [email protected]

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