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My Teacher's Teacakes

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More than 40 years ago we sat in Mrs. Robinson's classroom at John Muir Jr. High.   Within those four walls we learned more than science.  We learned about the power of an education,  the need to give back, and the role that our ancestors played in nearly every aspect of the world's inventions.  Today, I and my former classmates have decided to bring these lessons to life.  We are successful human beings because we landed in Mrs. Robinson's classroom.  The image depicted for our GofundmeTeam represents a group of Muir graduates who reunited this past December. Today we want to give back, pay tribute to the ancestors, and support her effort to reinvent an historical legacy.  We hope that you will join us. 

As we grew into adulthood,  Mrs. Robinson, would go on to perfect a delicacy of African-American culture- the tea cake.  Did you know the teacake is older than the oreo cookie? Older than the fig newton?  Even older than peach cobbler.  It is  symbolic of the of African-American experience in which families often had to make something out of little or nothing.  Mrs. Robinson contends that  "At the time of slavery, our folks didn't have refined sugar for the most part. They  used molasses, or things of that nature. They didn't often have butter, so they used lard, eggs, sometimes...and baking powder. Maybe a little nutmeg, if they had any. That was pretty much it."   Ms. Robinson wants to bring this legacy back and we want to help her.  She is on a mission to revitalize the tea cake, and allow our young people to know about the heritage that their ancestors provided for them. She needs to raise funds to get this done. National Public Radio has already dubbed her tea cakes, "The Official Food to Celebrate Juneteenth" ( .  This vision requires funds to gain access to commercial ovens,  proceeds for marketing, and resources to package and distribute Mrs. Robinson's dream.  It is a blessing and an honor to do what Mrs. Robinson insisted that we must do- give back.  I hope you will support the dream.

Fundraising team: John Muir Jr. High Alumni (2)

Florence Avognon
Los Angeles, CA
LaWanda Ford
Team member

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