Tuesday, August 21, 2018 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews
Featured image: Betty Lemons on the porch of her Maywood home in July. | File
Tuesday, Aug. 21 is Betty Lemons Day, according to a proclamation issued by the Maywood Board of Trustees during a regular board meeting Tuesday.
“Aretha [Franklin] is gone but our Aretha is still here,” Maywood Mayor Edwenna Perkins said before she read the proclamation. “Ms. Lemons is the reason we were able to skate in Melrose park and that’s just one of the things she did for us as children.”
Lemons, who was born June 3, 1918 at 610 S. 13th Ave. in Maywood, is the oldest resident of the village who was born, and still lives, here.
The resolution, which the mayor read aloud, describes Lemons as “one of the brightest lights” in Maywood.” The town, the resolution reads, has “greatly benefitted from her kindness, wisdom and compassion.”
Lemons was a member of Washington Elementary’s first graduating class and attended Proviso East when “others were attempting to marginalize the brilliance of black students.”
“We are grateful that Mrs. Bett continues to maintain a beautiful disposition, an ever -present warmth and kindness, and a powerful mind, so that we as members of the Maywood community can continue to benefit from her vast reservoir of strength and know-how,” the resolution reads.
“Be it proclaimed that it is with great pride that we honor Ms. Bett on this day,” the mayor continued before the board took a five-minute recess to enjoy a strawberry cake brought in for the occasion. VFP
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