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The Transition of A Sweet Spirit: "Mama Gladys" Dunston

Friday, December 2, 2016   (0 Comments)
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NABSW mourns the loss and celebrates the life of Sis. Gladys E. Sapp Dunston



It is with a very heavy heart that I share with you the transition of our beloved Sister Gladys E Sapp Dunston, the loving soulmate and life partner of our esteemed President, Leonard Dunston. I am sharing a note from the family below.  You are receiving this because you are a NABSW committee chair or Exec Committee Member.  Please contact your committee and your chapter members and help me share this with the general NABSW family at large.

Our Sister Gladys' spirit is much larger than life and she will forever be remembered for her work on behalf of and her love for all African people. She leaves a giant footprint in the lives of all who were blessed to have been touched by her. In all that she did, she was awesome, wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, friend and drum major for justice. Sister Gladys leaves a legacy for all in the African family to strive for.  Her soul looks back in wonder...

In Love, Utmost Respect and Honor,

Toni Oliver 


Updates From The Family


Hotep and Greetings Friends/Family:

There will be two (2)  Celebrations of Life to honor the life and legacy of our beloved Gladys Evora Sapp-Dunston. 

First Celebration:
When: Saturday, December 17, 2016 at 5:00 PM
Where: First United Antioch Baptist Church
1415 Holloway Street 
Durham NC 27703 

Second Celebration:

When: Tuesday, December 27, 2016 at 5:00 PM
Where: Theodore D. Young Community Center 
32 Manhattan Ave
 White Plains, NY 10607

The family is requesting that in lieu of flowers or plants, that a contribution in her name be forwarded to the Bridge Jubilee Crossing Inc:a 401 (c ) 3 tax exempt organization, at Post Office Box 1582, Selma, Alabama, 36702. Mama Gladys served this organization faithfully and passionately, as it's Board Chairperson for the past three years.

The Board of Directors have informed us, that a special time will be set aside to remember our beloved Mama Gladys at the Bridge Crossing Jubilee on March 4, 2017, in Selma. The names of all those who make contributions in her name, will be listed in the official program for this event.

With love and gratitude,

Kioka, Kwame and Leonard


From the Family

Our beloved Gladys E. Sapp Dunston, entered peacefully into the realm of the ancestral kingdom, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 6:00 AM EST.


Her wish to be cremated will be carried out this week in a private ceremony with her husband Leonard, children Kioka and Kwame and sister Helen Sapp Taylor. A memorial tribute to honor her amazing life and legacy, will be scheduled  at a later date. 


The family has requested, in lieu of flowers or plants, that a contribution in her name to forwarded to the Bridge Jubilee Crossing, Inc., 401(c) tax-exempt organization at P.O. Box 1582, Selma, Alabama, 36702, where she served faithfully and passionately as board chairperson.

Messages of love and remembrance can be sent to the Dunston family, 5 Dalidary Court, Durham, NC 27703. Tel 919-565-5710. E mail


May rest eternal be granted unto her and may her soul forever rest in peace.
Forever cherished in our memory, we love you.


The Dunston family

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