I have seen two articles about Eartha Kitt Day sent to me from one of my paternal relatives living in Orangeburg. I keep wondering if any of the researchers of Eartha’s story in South Carolina looked for any of her family that may still live there or whether they are truly interested in the full story of Eartha Kitt’s life.
My mother was Eartha’s sister (Annie Pearl Kitt-Golson, 1934-2008). When I read her daughter’s statement, “I think there’s so much about her that many people don’t know,” I think about how everyone keeps cutting my mother out of Eartha’s life.
Their mother gave away two children, not one. Eartha referred to my mother as Pearl and has another sister named Almetta. Even though the three of them did not have what you would call “a loving relationship,” they were still sisters.
It was sad that we could not contact Eartha to let her know that my mother had died (September) and sadder when I tried to send sympathy to Kitt when her mother died in December of the same year.
We also believe Eartha Kitt deserves this great tribute in Orangeburg. I still get excited and smile when I see my aunt in movies and as a guest on sitcoms because it reminds me of my mother.
However, if you are going to create some type of memorial for her, do not dismiss her other family members from her history. I do not believe she was ashamed of her sisters and there is nothing to warrant that. My mother lived a good, respected life and so do her remaining children.
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Mrs. Shapiro does not owe us anything, acknowledgement as a cousin nor the pleasure or displeasure of her company. We understand that she does not know us. We know about her but do not know her either and are not trying to add her to our Christmas card list.
This letter is more for my mother because we know she really did want to have a better relationship with her sister, but unfortunately that did not happen. My mother was not famous but she was family.
Because Mother’s Day is upon us, I wanted to do something that my mother had always wanted to do and that is let the world know she was proud of her sister also. Happy Mother’s Day mom.
— Carol A. Golson-Colbert, Union, New Jersey