"She was always at the forefront for education and our children," Lovette Glassglow said of Colson. She was a crusader, a mentor and - even while she was lying in her hospital bed fighting cancer, still found ways to help others - that was Sarah Colson. Last Saturday, Beach 66 Street on Beach Channel Drive, opposite the Almeda Playground and PS 42 - where she was a parent leader - was renamed Sarah Colson Avenue, for the beloved community activitist.
The June 16 event brought out numerous friends, each who seemed to have their own "Sarah story" to tell.
Rashford Mendez, Arverne Civic Association president, told the crowd, "On her sickbed, she said [to me] the community needs you to get involved at the executive level. Although she was sick, she was still concerned about the community."
Colson, who was a community activist for 25 years, died in April 2005 at the age of 62.
Councilman James Sanders Jr. hosted the street renaming.
"I never heard her ask for a thing for herself," said Sanders. "She loved everybody. That type of person comes rarely in this world."
Councilman James Sanders Jr. is flanked by his district manager Donovan Richards and Arverne Cancer Support Group president, and Sarah's Warriors member, Jacqueline McMikle. In addition to the memories shared, a choir lifted their voices in song to "This Little Light of Mine" and "May The Work I've Done Speak For Me," and soloist Virginia Tomlinson also sang in honor of Colson.
|Everyone seemed to have a "Sarah story" as friends and community members attended the renaming of Beach 66 and Beach Channel Drive to Sarah Colson Avenue. "I don't know of a greater person on Beach 66 Street, making life better for the people than Sarah Colson," said Congressman Gregory Meeks. Members of Sarah's Warriors, the group that walks each year in Rockaway's Relay for Life, gather to pay tribute to Colson. Colson started the Arverne Cancer Support Group while she was battling her own cancer. It's all smiles and applause after family and area representatives unveil the new street sign, as a crossing signal almost demands one to stop and take notice of the event. A choir sings "This Little Light of Mine." Congressman Meeks, Mbahlia Colson and her son Paul stand under the Sarah Colson Avenue Street sign after the street dedication. Colson's daughter, Mbahlia (second from right) is joined by her son Paul, 10, as she thanks everyone on behalf of the family by saying "It's a beautiful day." Also pictured are Sarah Colson's cousin Sarah Ammonds, second from left, and her daughter Deborah, along with Sanders and Richards. Among those at the street renaming is Rashford Mendez, center, Arverne Civic Association president. "We need someone to pick up where Sarah left off," he said. |