Roy Chester McBride
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McBride, Roy Chester Sunrise: December 29, 1943 Magnolia, AK Sunset: July 29, 2011 Minneapolis, MN Mr. Roy Chester McBride was the first born into the union of Roger and Lacinea McBride, who preceded him in death. His passing is mourned by his loving wife, Lucinda Rusk Anderson, beautiful beloved daughter, Lacinea Tyler McBride; sisters, Mrs. Carolyn Sanders & Mrs. Evelyn (Melvin) Evans, Jr. and a host of other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a sister, Beverly K. McBride, and brother- in-law, Tyler Woods Anderson. Roy was a conjurer of spoken word, historical visionary, master improviser, devoted teacher and visual artist. With various collaborators, he co-founded Poetry for the People, the Powderhorn Writers Festival, the Continental Historical Reclamation Project, and the Dream Band, among others. A connecter of people, he delighted in the interconnectedness of all creation, and he welcomed the creativity in everyone he met. Poet of the People Roy McBride's life and transition into the Omniverse will be celebrated in a memorial service. Visit roymcbride

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Published in Star Tribune on Aug. 2, 2011.
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August 29, 2011
Lucinda and Laci, Strong, beautiful, beloved, creative women that you are, I know you are up to the task of carrying this dear man's spirit in your hearts. He was a lover of people and generous of soul. Blessings to you, Elizabeth Fetter
August 14, 2011
I am so sorry to hear of Roy's passing. I shared a stage with him for Two Chairs Telling at The Jungle Theater, and had a lovely time with sweet, sweet Roy. Blessings to you all.
Beth Gilleland
August 13, 2011
I have the privilege of working with Jeanne on several Public Art projects here in Minneapolis. Jeanne did passionate and stunning work and was a sweet and kind friend though out all of our time working together. To Jeanne's family and closest friends: I am so very sorry for your loss of your beautiful Jeanne.
Marilyn Lindstrom
Marilyn Lindstrom
August 12, 2011
Dear Lucinda and Laci,
Even though we haven't been in touch for years, my memories of working with Roy and his creativity, love, and leadership in Poetry for the People is as indelible and timeless in my memory as summer vacation is when you're nine. I'm in awe of his constancy and generosity of vision as a teacher, a performer, and as a friend. And even in his passing, he'sblessing us by bringing us together again for one last salon.
Lily Rothbart
August 11, 2011
Roy was a sweet individual and always had a smile for the Bright Water kids like my daughter. We were blessed with knowing him. Linda Darling BW parent
Linda Darling
August 8, 2011
Dear Lucinda and Laci,

I am so sorry for your loss. Roy adored both of you, and he told me so many times.

I'll always consider Roy my Arkansas cousin. And, as he said, "Who knows? We might be."

He was the biggest hearted person I have ever met. I remember sitting with him at a restaurant and thinking, I am in the presence of greatness. He had such largesse, and such generosity for all artists, as well as a vision for making communities whole through poetry.

And he included me as a Powderhorn Poet, even though I live in St. Paul. Every day I see his poem It's Lilac Week because the beautiful broadside greets me in my doorway as I enter home. And that is what Roy provided--a home for all artists.

I will miss him every New Year's Day (watching college football bowl games) and every day, but I am so glad I was privileged to know him.

My deepest condolences, Laura
Laura Littleford
August 7, 2011
POETRY, handwritten by Roy McBride
To my dear Aunt Lucinda and darling Cousin Laci, I send you my deepest condolences and love. Roy will continue to move us through his through his words, memories, and love.

To Uncle Roy, thank you for sharing of yourself, always and authentically. You taught me about being an artist. Just today I spoke with a woman who treasures your poem, POETRY. I am honored to count myself among your myriad collaborators.
Abigail Woods Anderson
August 6, 2011
Roy made a difference in my life just as he made a difference in the lives of so many, many other souls. His legacy lives on in our hearts and minds. One of my favorite art-making memories was hanging out with Roy on the rowdy downtown Block E in the wee hours of the mornings while filming "Shinders-to-Shinders" in the 1980's. I'm sending my love to Laci & Lucinda.
Wendy Morris
August 3, 2011
Uncle Roy, you will be dearly missed. And though we did not see each other regularly, you were and will always be in my thoughts often.
Tyrone Williams
August 2, 2011
Roy was a very special man. I will miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with you Lucinda & Lacy Akhmiri Sekhr-Ra
August 2, 2011
I knew Roy McBride back in the 1970s when we both attended Macalester College. He had such warmth and loved it when others told stories, too. No one's mentioned what a great cook he was. I remember the feast he prepared for a New Year's Eve party. I've never tasted better meatloaf and black-eyed peas. I will miss my friend from long ago.
Jane Zuehl Newton
August 2, 2011
The poet poeting
Media Mike Hazard
August 2, 2011
Lucinda, you are in our thoughts. Love, David & Meg
David Luce
August 2, 2011
Lucinda and Laci, Douglas and I are saddened by Roy's transition. Roy was a powerful spirit and force and we are grateful for legacy he's provided. I'll never forget how much I learned from him when we were both immersed in PPNA works. We are sending you positive vibrations and, cherising Roy's memory...
Douglas and Janis Lane-Ewart
Janis Lane-Ewart
August 2, 2011
Roy McBride had a sweet soul & a wonderful vision. He will be missed, he will continue to inspire.
Lydia Howell, poet/KFAI Radio
Lydia Howell
August 2, 2011
People might enjoy watching our late friend recite POETRY here:
Mike Hazard
August 2, 2011
Dear Lucinda & Lacinea, I am so sorry for your loss of Roy. His engaging and loving spirit will be missed in our community. Hold fast to your memories of him and we will hold you all in our hearts.
Jacquelynn Goessling
August 2, 2011
Dear Lucinda & Lacinea, I am so sorry for your loss of Roy. His engaging and loving spirit will be missed in our community. Hold fast to your memories of him and we will hold you all in our hearts.
Jacquelynn Goessling & Family
August 2, 2011
Laci and Lucinda, I am so sorry about Roy's death. What a loss to everyone. What a lovely tribute to all that he was and is in his obituary. I have great memories of Roy helping with the poetry coffeehouse. He used the French room on several occasions to work with students who were interested in sound percussion and creative ways to present poetry. I got to sit in on a couple of sessions and learn from him as well. I loved his distinctive rhythmic style with words. I treasure the paper bowl Roy made from maps of Paris. it sits on the piano in our living room and has stimulated many conversations. I so admired his creativity. He was a lovely man. My love and blessings go out to both of you. Hugs to both of you with much sorrow. Carolyn
Carolyn Fisk
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