Meet the Help Sheds Light on Valid History
By Deborah A. Culp
A crisp February morning at the local library provided this journalist with a whole new attitude and out.” Just listening to the readings and heartfelt, spoken actualities about this book on servitor life; and the things that have been taken for granted!
Meet the Help is a collection of 40 reminiscences by and about men and women who worked in domestic service. The authors were inspired by the best-selling novel The Help. “I Was The Help,” said Bertha Todd, who did domestic work for a summer to help pay for college. “After reading Kathryn Stockett’s book, I wanted others to document their experiences as well.”
This particular conquest was hosted by the New Hanover County “Friends of the Library” Ms. Dorothy Hodder, facilitator. After a mini- meet & greet with other attendee’s, coupled with fresh fruit, pastries and of course, Coffee & Tea. (This was an early morning event….) Dr. Todd began her lead in narrative. Excerpts taken from an earlier publication: “My Restless Journey” by Dr. Bertha Boykin-Todd, edited by Ms. Rhonda Bellamy. A cornucopia of real life, valid stories and accounts of her life’s journey, in the south – from then to now. The process of “going along, to get along” and (in her case) actually “getting somewhere!” Or otherwise put as “an anthology of a true story.”
Just when I thought that it was the cat’s meow, the morning just kept getting better! Ms. Rhonda Bellamy spoke to the eager, packed house-audience and began reading excerpts from the book, “Meet the Help.” Who is Rhonda Bellamy? Ok, veteran broadcaster, public servant, public speaker, art’s advocate…with titles like that, one would expect to be intimidated by such a presence. “Not at all, if anything her presence, trained voice and God given talents, were overshadowed by her effervescent personality.” Did we mention the warm hugs that both she and Dr. Todd passed out to all within arm’s reach?
For more information on where to obtain copies of “Meet the Help” by Dr. Berta Boykin-Todd and Ms. Rhonda Bellamy, see: www.rhondabellamy.com