Bertha Clark on 1960s racism and growing up around celebrities
"My grandmother opened her restaurant, Vie’s Chicken and Steaks, on Union Street, by what they called Hogan’s Alley in the 1940’s. I was the youngest of 11, born in San Francisco, and, every summer, it was expected that all the family would attend my grandmother’s summer party. So we’d load up the station wagon, and my dad would drive us all north for the summer."
“My writing reflects the wisdom, humour, positive spirit and the strong will of my mother. She always told me to share my words with the world. As an adult when I write, I feel a deep spiritual connection coming from a source before my time. I feel the spirit and soul of the people. I write under the name of Adelene in honor of my mother, and perform as Adelene da soul poet.”
Bertha Clark aka Adelene da Soul Poet
I am a spoken word artist.
I was born in San Francisco and raised in Vancouver, and Vancouver is where my family roots are. My direct descendants are the first of BC’s black pioneers, who settled on Salt Spring Island and Victoria in the mid-1800s.
My grandma owned a famous restaurant back in the day called Vie's Chicken and Steaks, a famous restaurant on Vancouver’s Union Street that operated from the early 1940s to the late 1970s.
I come from a family of happy people who loved to party and laugh… and those are my childhood memories that actually carry me through life.
I grew up in the Motown era, so music was a big influence on my writing style of poetry.
I started writing poetry at a young age, when my mother told me poetry was healing and one day that would make a difference in the world.
The Power or Poetry Links Mother and Son.
Adelene da soul poet has kept a secret for 18 and a half years.