Gems of Africa Gallery

Saturday, October 17, 2009


Lucille and Willie Murphy were both born in the segregationist South as it was emerging from the Great Depression. It was from this challenging environment that they formed their strong sense of responsibility toward addressing social inequities. Furthermore, giving rise to their unfaltering belief in the power of education to right inequalities and improve the lives of those for whom such education remained inaccessible.

In order to continue their legacy, The Lucille and Willie Murphy Foundation (LWMF) was established to honor those very same principles of higher education and community involvement. The LWMF envisions such community enrichment as its mission and endeavors to carry it out through its various Professional Development / Life Skill and Awareness Programs.

The mission of THE LUCILLE & WILLIE MURPHY FOUNDATION (LWMF), is to assist teens and adults in underserved communities to acquire skills, awareness and abilities that will allow them to have access to improved life opportunities in the 21st century economy.

Back in 2007, LWMF took an extraordinary trip to South Africa to work with the Sithabile Child & Youth Care Center (SC & YCC) and Sedibeng Sa Bophelo on a variety projects. LWMF will be going back again in September 2010 with an even greater charter. We will be purchasing school uniforms and handing out school supplies to the kids at SC & YCC getting them prepared for the school year. In addition, we will be traveling with a variety of professionals (i.e., Doctors and Lawyers) having educational awareness events for the young men and women. Sithabile is a Zulu word meaning "we are happy". SC & YCC is an Orphanage that has over 75 kids in it from ages 8 months thru 21. There are approximately 35-45 boys and girls. Click here for more information on the Sithabile Child & Youth Orphanage.

Furthermore, on their journey, they will be traveling to Sedibeng Sa Bophelo a cooperative project in Soweto, South Africa, to primarily serve women and young children victimized by HIV/AIDS. Sedibeng gives hope and healing for those who live with the stigma of this still taboo disease in Africa. We will be handing out basic toiletries and essentials needed to support the doctors with their everyday challenges. These essentials are but a small part to help fight against such a devastating disease.

They are hoping to raise $10,000 for this project. If you are interested in making a donation, please click here. If you would like to make a clothing donation please send it to:

P.O.Box 3003
Decatur, Georgia 30031

For more information about how you can donate or volunteer please contact Gloria Jackson at 312.209.7225.

Thank you for your support.

NBAF Partner Events

Fun With Jazz for the Family
Carl Anthony of WCLK - Presenter
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Noon - 2 PM
South Fulton Arts Center, Atlanta
Free and Open to the Public

Quilting: A Family Tradition
Belinda Pedroso - Presenter
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Noon - 2 PM
South Fulton Arts Center, Atlanta
Free and Open to the Public

Education & Family Programs
Kwanzaa Korner
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System at the Central Library
FREE and Open to the Public

Special Event
4th Annual Fine Art + Fashion
Thursday, February 25, 2010
2nd Floor, 2 West Wing, AmericasMart, Atlanta

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Thursday, October 1, 2009

New Shipments Coming Soon

We are expecting a new shipment of Driftwood Sculptures from Mozambique to arrive at the end of October.

We are also working on a new shipment of Ngwenya Glass which we expect to arrive before Christmas. We will keep you updated on the status of the shipments.

Huge Shona Sculpture Sale

We would like to invite you to our Huge Sale on Shona Sculptures. Buy any Shona sculpture at regular price and get the second Shona sculpture of equal or lesser value at an incredible 75% Off. All Shona sculptures will be on sale. The sale starts Thursday, October 1, 2009 and will end on Sunday, October 18, 2009. Stop by today to view our great selection of sculptures. View Newsletter

Gems of Africa Gallery
630 N. Highland Ave. NE
Atlanta, GA 30306

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