Deep in Alabama’s Black Belt, the village of Gee’s Bend is almost an island, cut off by a loop in the Alabama River. Once enslaved plantation workers, then sharecroppers, the people of the Bend remained largely unnoticed by mainstream history. But the women of Gee’s Bend have held on to their creative traditions, passed down from mother to daughter: with spine-tingling gospel singing,
and a unique style of bold and improvised quilting. Made from old clothes out of necessity for generations, used for insulation and burned to keep off mosquitoes, the quilts brought Gee’s Bend fame after they were “discovered” by an art collector in the 1990s and shown in major museums in Houston and New York.
There is a secret map passed down from hobo to hobo.You can’t buy it in stores or download it online but if you’re lucky enough to get a copy you can travel anywhere in America by freight train, all for “low or no dollars”. They call it The Crew Change Guide
Lee Stringer was living on the street when he began selling ‘Street News’, he discovered a talent for writing and went on to be a columnist and then editor of the paper. Lee felt living on the streets made him a better writer. He became a successful authour as a result of the chance he was given at Street News