A strong black woman, a social worker and a devoted member of a loving family, but above all else, Rolanda Pyle is a woman of God. Her first collection of poetry, Finally, is an intensely personal rumination on the way her indomitable faith has guided her path in life. Pyle writes passionately about the challenges she has faced — her painful struggles with relationships, weight loss and sickness — and the divine light, which inspired her to overcome them. Her verse sings of survival, celebrating God's love and the power of perseverance.
In honor of Harlem Week, we are pleased to present Rolanda's featured poem for this month- "Harlem"
As I walk through Harlem, the tears begin to fall
For this is the Mecca of my people, where we stand tall.
It’s where we first heard Malcolm’s “by any means necessary” and Marcus’s back-to-Africa call,
And Adam let us know that there is definitely “ black power” for all.
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Poem "Harlem" copyright
by Rolanda T. Pyle.
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"...a collection of inspirational devotions, poems and short stories that make you reflect on your life and the struggles you might have endured. Reading this was like a breath of fresh air... It was a great, power-packed read."
THIS DEVOTIONAL MINISTERS to those going through difficult situations by providing devotional tools to help readers cope with life challenges. It features a host of authors on diverse topics that affect us in our everyday walk in life. Some authors share personal stories and testimonies.
"This wonderful devotional was compiled by Rolanda T. Pyle. It will lift your spirit when things get rough and you will be challenged to strive to live right and do right for the betterment of others. The testimonies will encourage you to: "walk in victory, expectation and power!", and "step up to the plate and let the enemy know that no matter what he throws your way, you will not strike out!" By the time you finish these devotionals you will be comforted in knowing that "Troubles don't always last." —Black Christian Book Review
"As I read each testimony I shed so many tears..."
BE INSPIRED! BE UPLIFTED! Read Rolanda T. Pyle's poem, "The Power of Social Work," on the website of The New Social Worker, the social work careers magazine.
ROLANDA SHARES A HEARTWARMING true life story of how God turned her childhood disappointments into blessings beyond her imagination on the blog, The Power of a Thankful Heart.
ROLANDA PYLE IS COAUTHOR of the chapter, "Grandparents as Family Caregivers," appearing in the new edition of The Encyclopedia of Elder Care. Sample and order it now.
GUMBO FOR THE SOUL PUBLICATIONS' fourth anthology is available now. Gumbo for the Soul: Men of Honor (Special Cancer Awareness Edition) encompasses a focus on humanitarianism, honor and the health concerns affecting men with a particular focus on prostate cancer. This anthology reflects stories woven into our legacy, carried by time and preserved with love.
Rolanda Pyle is featured in the new anthology with her memoir, "Life with Father."
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ROLANDA T. PYLE is a licensed social worker and consultant. She is currently the Part-time Community Outreach Specialist at Sunnyside Community Services CARE NYC, where she was previously Assistant Director. She was a consultant with the Assigned Counsel Project, and before that, Associate Director of the Brookdale Foundation's Relatives as Parents Program (RAPP) at the Brookdale Foundation. She was also the Director of the New York City Department for the Aging's Grandparent Resource Center for ten years.
She has received numerous awards for her work with grandparents raising grandchildren, including the 2004 Sloan Public Service Award and HBO's 2004 Beah Richards Spirit Award. New York's Daily News named her one of the "100 Women Who Shape Our City" in April 2004.
"I am so excited, humbled and grateful!" Rolanda is a Kingdom Image Award Nominee Finalist in two categories. One is for "Author of the Year" and the other is for "Kingdom Cares Community Service." The Kingdom Image Awards honors "Christian arts for their contribution to the Kingdom, within their local Faith-based community."
The Author of the Year award is voted on by the public through September 1st, and can be voted on weekly. Vote here.
The 2019 Awards Ceremony will be held October 10-12 in Columbus, OH.
50 in 50: Letters to Our Daughters is a theatrical reading event that was curated by 2018 MacArthur “Genius” Dominique Morriseau. A group of 50 women “consider both the world they inherited and the one they’d like to create.”
Read Rolanda's and the hundreds of amazing stories submitted by women from across the globe for 50 in 50 on this map. You can go to the national map and go through all of the entries, or go to the Kings County map and go to the entries through those numbers. All entries go by titles.
Rolanda’s stories are:
National Map entries (if you go to the national map):
My Grandmother Taught Me .....#140
I Always Heard God.......... #81
Growing Up........... #73
The "All Things" Basket...... #183
The Kings County Map entries (if you go to the Kings County map):
My Grandmother Taught Me .....# 51
I Always Heard God.......... #28
Growing Up........... #26
The "All Things" Basket...... #61
Rolanda was honored by her public school (P. S. 9 in Brooklyn, NY) by highlighting her as the April 2019 alumni of the month in their newsletter. "I loved this public school!", she stated.
NOW AVAILABLE! All three of Rolanda's books are now available at Good News Nook Bookstore at Calvary Baptist Church, 10 Martin Luther King Avenue, Morristown, NJ on Sundays!
ROLANDA T. PYLE received the Community Playmaker of the Game Award from NY Liberty and Walmart at Madison Square Garden before a Liberty game. She was recognized on court for her community service volunteer work with seniors.
ROLANDA T. PYLE'S poem, "A Tribute to Grandparents Raising Grandchildren"(this month's poem) was featured on page 26 in the Harlem Community Newspaper in the Vol. 21, No. 36, September 8, 2016 edition. This poem was also published in the July-September 2017 issue of Metro News on page 6.
ROLANDA'S POPULAR POEM "The Power of Social Work" was reprinted on the website of The New Social Worker. Other poems on social work were posted throughout the month of March.
Read free digital versions of The New Social Worker online.
ROLANDA T. PYLE WAS ONE of these generous New Yorkers honored by Citymeals-On-Wheels for ten or more years of service in a beautiful celebration in Grand Central Station on April 20, 2016. From left to right: Kathy James, Vivienne Papadatos, Sheila Clay (Citymeals Volunteer Coordinator), Vivienne O’Neill (Citymeals Director of Volunteer Programs), Candy Martinez, Rolanda Pyle, Felice Seltzer, and Janelyne Devoe.