Thursday, July 28, 2011
Pam Grier helps open community garden in Fort Worth
Grier participated in several other events during her visit.
Pam Grier, acclaimed film and television actor and bestselling book author, showcased her less known but still significant role as an effective community organizer. She wrapped up a four-day weekend of activities in North Texas by throwing out the first pitch of the Texas Rangers’ July 24 game against the Toronto Blue Jays at the Ballpark in Arlington.
Grier is pictured with Jim and Gloria Austin, co-founders of the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum in Fort Worth, for which she served as a special ambassador.
Grier helped open the new Pam Grier Community Garden, which will feature a variety of vegetables and flowers that will be used to nourish and beautify the surrounding community.
“We feel very fortunate to have been able to share our vision with Ms. Grier and partnering with her on our mutual vision of empowering the youth in the community by teaching them the benefits of healthy eating and providing a hands-on experience that will teach them how to take control of their own health and wellness when it comes to food and nutrition,” said museum Executive Director Gloria Austin in a statement.
Presently located at 3400 Mount Vernon Ave. in Fort Worth, the museum currently is underway with a capital campaign to raise funds for its planned move to the nine-acre site that also will feature prairie lands and walking trails.
“The expansion of the National Multicultural Western Heritage Museum has been a passion and commitment of ours for a long time,” said museum co-founder Jim Austin. “To have Pam Grier share that enthusiasm and lend her name to the community garden adds a tremendous amount of appeal to the museum’s future facility.”
Grier participated in several other events during her visit, including a book signing at The Dock Bookstore, a banquet honoring the “National Day of the American Cowboy,” a parade where she served as Grand Marshall, and a film screening of Jackie Brown, the 1997 film she starred with Samuel L. Jackson.
Grier began her movie career during the Black Cinema Classic era of the 1970s, when she became one of Hollywood’s first leading Black sex symbols, starring in films like Foxy Brown, Sheba Baby, Coffy, and later in Greased Lightning with Richard Pryor.
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