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Order Love Cemetery online  from  Amazon or from Book Passage.


A new edition has been released of:

Longing for Darkness: Tara and the Black Madonna
with a new introduction by China.
Order from: Penguin

 or Amazon.

Sally Cuneen reviews both books in the National Catholic Reporter

 

Visit me in the Red Room

"I guarantee that once you start, you will not stop, and when you are done, you will have discovered the healing power of Love Cemetery." - Bill Moyers, Bill Moyers Journal


Above is the trailer for our documentary, "Resurrecting Love: The Cemetery That Can Heal a Nation". The documentary tells the unlikely story of two women-- one black, one white -- and a racially divided community as they battle corporate interests to reclaim Love Cemetery and fulfill a mother's dying wish.

VICTORY! We just got back into Love Cemetery, a 175 year-old African
American cemetery in East Texas, that the community had been illegally locked out of for 4 years by a powerful timber corporation. Not only did we change Texas law, we ended the lockout!


Celebrate with us by viewing our
NEW 3-minute trailer on YouTube:

"Love Cemetery Celebration 3/20/11."


YOUR Generous SUPPORT makes all this possible.
Keep up to date on the progress and release of the movie by clicking to our Facebook Page and sharing it with your friends!

View this 6-minute video clip of the "Writing History  Project" at Wiley College, Home of The Great Debaters, Marshall, Texas. It is EXCITING to share the passion today's young people have for discovering their ancestors. 

Photos on right from top to bottom:
Mark Anthony Johnson and Ailey Pope,
students at Wiley College, Home of The Great Debaters, Marshall, Texas.
China Galland with members of the Love Cemetery Burial Association.


To make donations online, click here. You will arrive at our dedicated page on the San Francisco Film Society's website where you can donate instantly. We are honored that our film has been selected for fiscal sponsorship by SFFS.  They handle our online donations as well as give us invaluable advice and support. If you feel moved to write a check and send it by mail please make your check out to CARE or  the Center for the Arts Religion and Education. 
Be sure to write "Keepers of Love" on the memo line.   Please send your contributions to us at:
Keepers of Love,  20 Sunnyside Ave. Suite A, 
Mill Valley CA, 94941.
 [All donations, whether online or by check are fully tax-deductible within the extent of the law].   We log your gift, thank you, and pass your gifts on to CARE who disperses your contribution and issues an acknowledgement letter for the IRS.

For more information about our "Resurrecting Love" film project, including our budget, and our role in "Writing History" () and other work, please contact me, China Galland, at: (415) 451-7497 or write me, chinagalland@yahoo.com.

The Courage of Conscience Award

China is being given  the Courage of Conscience Award from the Peace Abbey, in Sherborn, MA. and from the Chaplaincy Institute in Berkeley. She will become a part of an illustrious group which includes  the Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers, Mother Teresa, Maya Angelou, the Dalai Lama, Dr. Paul Farmer, Julia Butterfly Hill, and many others. China is receiving this award in recognition of her years of writing, leadership, and activism on behalf of justice, reconciliation, and peace. The award is being given to her at this time because of the Abbey's and the Institute's belief that her visionary work on truth and reconciliation has never been needed more than now. Read more about the Courage of Conscience Award and the Peace Abbey. 


Earlier News from Texas

November, 2009 - Austin, TX, and San Francisco, CA - Thanks to the controversy over access to Love Cemetery and public hearings held across Texas throughout 2008, we now know of at least thirty-five (35) other cemeteries where families are locked out. Coleman's bill was incorporated as an amendment to another bill that passed the legislature and was signed into law by Governor Perry on May 30, 2009. The new law enforces reasonable access to family burial grounds and adds penalties for those who lock people out. Click HERE for full press release. Despite growing awareness and the new law, our friends continue to be locked out.

 

April 21, 2009 - Austin, TX, and San Francisco, CA - "Keeping people locked out of their family burial grounds has created a horrible situation," says Rep. Garnet Coleman of Houston. "This should have never happened. I've introduced legislation to make sure that this doesn't happen again," Rep. Coleman told author, China Galland. Coleman introduced HB # 3739 on March 12th, 2009, to strengthen existing Texas laws. On April 21, 2009, there will be a public hearing in Austin on the bill. China and others from the Love Cemetery community are in Austin for today's hearing. click here for full press release.

To support the work of The Keepers of Love in the areas of  reconciliation, community building and advocacy, click here


Love Cemetery,
Unburying the Secret History of Slaves

By China Galland

Though it's set in a remote part of rural East Texas, the story of Love--a historic black cemetery--is really a quintessential American story of land theft, racism and environmental destruction that plays out in different versions in New Orleans, Iraq, and Darfur. It asks whether we can work together to create a shared future by understanding our shared history.
Published by HarperOne (a division of HarperCollins), 2008.

[...read more about the book ]    [or view press release ]

If you don't have the book, use IndieBound to find your local independent bookseller! If that's not possible, then go to Amazon.

Video of documentary in progress. View video of China reading from her book.
View the trailer of the documentary-in-progress about Love Cemetery. View a video of China reading from Love Cemetery. She's joined by singer Linda Tillery and accompanist Ann Jefferson. Watch China's presentation at the Commonwealth Club, San Francisco, the nation's oldest and largest public affairs forum.