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    Charles Seay

    The value of Mr. Montague’s collection and it’s historical necessity needs to be preserved. Imagine if Gil Noble’s collection of “Like It Is” were to come under such a thing. Our greats have to be remembered and I just have to thank you providing me and others with this information.

    Charles

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    Vickie Gail Miller

    Such a heart-wretching story, as I myself facing similar controversy and financial burden after 22 years in writing and publishing my authored books; specifally about my uncle, World War Ii hero Doris Miller; not making a cent or being able to be monetarily gainful in any manner because of years of fraud, opposition, and other manipulative foul play.Yet, it is a right that I refuse to shy away from beyond all conflict, inspired as you yourself, to live as you choose and dedicate your life to such precious artifacts of history. Without people as your and myself, history would be lost about our ancestor’s roots. I am very hopeful that goodness will result from your years of dedication, with result of a bright resolution.

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    Michael Perry

    African Americans spend 1.1 TRILLION dollars every year in the US Economy, yet we don’t have 2 million to preserve our history.
    There are 40 million of us in the United States, it would cost us one stinking nickel from every Black man, woman and child in this country to preserve this collection, but we won’t do it. We as a people are about to get exactly what we deserve. Shame on us all and may God have mercy on our souls.

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    Joe

    Who cares Vickie. Stop looking for sympathy….. This is NOT about you

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    Jessica

    I am happy and saddened at the same time. Happy to know such a collection exists; of course saddened that it might be lost.

    I am even happy to know that there is a history about Doris Millier. My stepfather served with him at Pearl Harbor.

    What is never useful is trying to shame people into action. First of all, it never works. Second, it says more about the person raining shame. But, like in this instance, we do this to one another way too often; crediting the shamer by shaming all others. It does not unity make.

    I am sorry that there is nothing I could contribute to help preserve this collection, but I will be glad, and will, pass it on.

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    Peggy Seats

    As a person who has also lost a very valuable collection of black history, art, rare books, and other cultural artifacts in the past few years, I weep learning of this lost. It is ao typical of our experience as a people in this country.

    Blacks who value their history, their Ancestors, their legacy as a people, and try to preserve it for prosperity are too often left to this fate because those among us in our communities who are in financial positions to partner with those of us in the trenches trying to educate and uplift our communities, and especially our progeny, are left with the burden of total personal sacrifice financial and otherwise.
    As a result our many years of work too often end up lost in the garbage, to thieves, to saboteurs etc., with priceless, irreplaceable treasures lost to the wind. Was a shame.

    I so agree with Mr. Montague, if our youth and children truly knew their history as a people, and how great their Ancestors and Elders are and were, there is no way we would remain the psychological slaves that we are now. Unfortunately, slavery has only been modernized, and as such is, in many way, more potent now than ever. Once you control the mind, you control the body and aspect of the lost soul.

    Unfortunately, with the event of “integration,” aka “extreme assimilation and self hate,” the sad outcome has been a total abandonment and disrepsect for everything that was ours: our communities, our businesses, our hair, our self respect, our dignity, our appreciation of our innate being, our spirituality and our history. What a sad, sad travesty.

    This is a classic opportunity for someone like Oprah, Bill Cosby, Sheila Johnson, Beyounce et.al nouveau riche blacks to make a simple, and stress free contribution to our youth by buying this collection and making it available to our progeny
    via some repository where it would be safe, secure and on view to the public at large.

    Even Lonnie Bunch at the National Museum of African-American History & Culture, but they’re too busy making it a slavery museum versus one that tells the untold story of our many contributions to this thankless country.

    It seems that the only way to become a celebrated black figure in this country is via “show business” and a total disconnect from the authentic black community.

    I pray for the children.

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    Martha Kader

    As the Montague Collection Project Manager, I invite everyone to check out and “like” the Montague Collection Facebook Page and follow us on Twitter @MontagueCollec1. Martha Kader

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    Ann Lane

    I would hope this story will find a person, that wants to perserve black history. It is so important that our black children, understand their heritage. This will give them pride, and a better understanding of our culture. I am a collector also, and became more interested in black culture, as I aged. I have many historical books, and artifacts, from the l800’s. My grandma’s pix, was taken when she was a teenager,at the turn of the century. Education is the key,; Dr, King’s quote; the key to understanding our present condition in america.

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