Marona Amandla (1985-2013) A Memorial Website for Marona Amandla Leaura Graham-Bailey

On the passing of Nelson Mandela

On the passing of Nelson Mandela

Marona knew that her middle name Amandla symbolized the spirit of the embattled country, its people and its fierce leader, Nelson Mandela. Mr. Mandela visited Boston in 1990. In the crowded Madison Park High School in Roxbury, Marona, then 5, was keenly aware that she was meeting someone very important when she proudly announced her […]

Atlanta Area Memorial Gathering for Marona Amandla – Saturday, Aug 24
Atlanta Area Memorial Gathering for Marona Amandla - Saturday, Aug 24

The Atlanta Area Memorial Gathering will be held Saturday, August 24 from 5:00 to 8:00pm on the campus of Spelman College. It will be at Cosby Academic Center in Room LL32, located at 350 Spelman Lane in Atlanta, GA. For your convenience, a block of hotel rooms have been made available at the Hilton Atlanta.

On the passing of Nelson Mandela
On the passing of Nelson Mandela

Marona knew that her middle name Amandla symbolized the spirit of the embattled country, its people and its fierce leader, Nelson Mandela. Mr. Mandela visited Boston in 1990. In the crowded Madison Park High School in Roxbury, Marona, then 5, was keenly aware that she was meeting someone very important when she proudly announced her […]

Ann Arbor Area Memorial Gathering – Fri, Sep. 27
Ann Arbor Area Memorial Gathering - Fri, Sep. 27

Event Details Friday, September 27 — 2:00-5:00pm University of Michigan Alumni Center, Founders Room 200 Fletcher Street, Ann Arbor Click here for directions to the Alumni Center

Twitter Memorial Feed
Twitter Memorial Feed

RIP @MaronaAmandla Twitter Tribute Feed: #WeMissMarona #MaronaAmandla #MaronaMemorial

Video: Memorial Slideshow
Video: Memorial Slideshow

Photo slideshow for Marona Amandla (1985-2013). Presents pictures from childhood to her final days as a graduate student in psychology and women’s studies at University of Michigan. URL: http://vimeo.com/7302242 For more information: http://www.marona-amandla.com Updated 8/24

“Marona as Journalist” by Valerie Boyd
"Marona as Journalist" by Valerie Boyd

This statement was prepared by Valerie Boyd, Marona’s professor and mentor at the University of Georgia. I am—like all of you—sad to be here. But at the same time, I am also honored to be here to celebrate the remarkable life of a beloved student, classmate, friend, sister, granddaughter and daughter, Marona Graham-Bailey. At the […]

Online Guestbook
Thank you so much for this web memorial and sharing glimpses of Marona's childhood and growth into the beautiful young woman who too many us knew only too briefly as a young adult. I think she was a Vanderbilt student when I met her along with her sister and brothers always at family gatherings in Lawrence. It was at Rance's high school graduation breakfast that she not only helped me grasp some of the technicalities of a new camera I had purchased, but also showed me a half dozen uses that I didn't realize were possible with the camera. The young teacher was emerging and I recognized her interest in photography and videography (she also showed me how to use the camera's video recording functions). During a birthday celebration in Lawrence for her grandmother, Helen Moore, I marveled at the slide show presentation that Marona and her brothers and sister had put together to share with all those attending reflecting a family's love and admiration. It was perhaps a year or so later that I read a blog Marona wrote following a trip that she and Malika made to South Africa and fully understood that Marona was an emerging talent -- a journalist and writer. I wanted to read more of what she wrote. As her academic interests shifted beyond journalism, I fully expected that in time her ability to observe, question and distill complexity into language and imagery any reader could grasp would emerge again -- and help us all understand better the work she wanted to do. Her wish for her research to continue inspires us all to see that it does. -- Mary Jane Dunlap (Mary Jane Dunlap)
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