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A heartwarming story of  faith, resilience, and perseverance.

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Velma Wilson is a native of Marks, Mississippi and grew up during the tumultuous times of the 1950s and 1960s. She is the fifth child of seventeen living siblings. She is a sociologist with years of experience as a social worker, educator, adoption counselor and advocate for children.

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Read Excerpt from “What’s in the Water?”

She must have been terrified.

I can imagine her running through a vast cotton field, sweat racing down her neck. I can imagine her holding her breath, maybe hiding behind some dilapidated shed—scared to breathe. She must have tried to flee from those who sought to abuse her. Maybe she ran so hard some days that she wound up bent over and out of breath, holding her stomach in pain the way a runner does after a tough race.

It is no wonder that, in later years, she was terrified to step outside. Life taught her that people could not be trusted. > Read more.


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The book of Ecclesiastes speaks of “to everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted.”

The Benson-Martin families came together during the weekend of October 25th- 27th to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the passing of their beloved mother, Fannie Benson-Martin.  It was indeed a joyous occasion as her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren assembled for the weekend activities. Some traveled from California, Texas and Tennessee back back to their native home town Marks, Mississippi for this celebration of “Harvested Memories.”  Continue reading >

Velma Benson-Wilson receives the Jackson-Madison Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) Print Media Award for Excellence on November 11, 2013. Learn more about DAR.

Velma contributed to O Magazine October 2013 (page 22 - “Featured Question”) and November 2013 (page 20 - “We Hear You”)