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Lana Brown "A Tribute to Momma's Legacy"

Magnolia Literacy Project Spotlight: Lana Brown Series

A mother's influence never dies, as Natchez, MS poet, Lana Brown, illustrates in "A Tribute to Momma's Legacy". Even after a mother departs from life on earth, she blesses her children through an ancestral village of motherhood.

Brown is a graduate of Alcorn State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English Communications; a Master of Arts in Secondary English Education; and a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education with a Concentration in Reading and Gifted Education. She also holds a Specialist in Education degree in Psychometry from Jackson State University. An instructor in gifted education with the Natchez Adams School District, Brown was selected by the Mississippi Department of Education to be a member of the ELA/Literacy High Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) Review Team in the fall of 2020.

"A Tribute to Momma's Legacy"

Perched on a branch


although flight is your potential

doubting success

afraid of even the wind,

the sun that shines

just because He rose

A state of utter self-disdain

Then one day,

Along drifts in a seed

planted right in the center of the soul,

a flicker that grows into a fiery tornado

the heart is aglow

For this seed is rooted to the tree

and many, many forests before

a natural phenomenon,

A mother

The caregiver of the child

even in death


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