Dr. Delores M. Walters, a cultural anthropologist, educator and diversity program specialist has promoted the contributions and cultural/historical heritage of people especially of African descent over the span of an extraordinary, multifaceted career.
Her courses, and training programs have advanced efforts toward increasing diversity, inclusion and cultural competency at various colleges and universities, including multicultural, women’s studies and health education centers. Building on her knowledge and wide-ranging experience in academic, local and international communities, she continues to create dynamic, interactive workshops and presentations that foster enthusiastic and productive dialogue on race, gender, sexual orientation and other multicultural differences.
Introductory Family History/ Genealogy Workshops:
Dr. Walters helps you to begin unraveling the amazing mysteries revealed in your own families’ past in highly interactive, welcoming spaces.
The Legacy of Margaret Garner Presentations:
Dr. Walters reveals that the story of Margaret Garner, the enslaved 19th woman who refused to see her baby girl returned to slavery, and took her life instead -- can enlighten, inspire and transform. [Dr. Waters was an organizer and presenter for the conference depicted on this flyer, which took place in 2017 & 2018 in West Palm Beach, FL.]
Gendered Resistance: Women, Slavery and the Legacy of Margaret Garner is a collection of essays that anthropologist, Delores M. Walters co-edited with historian, Mary E. Frederickson. Inspired by the searing story of Margaret Garner, an enslaved woman who in 1856 slit her daughter’s throat rather than see her returned to slavery after a brave escape attempt, the interdisciplinary essays focus on women who rejected oppression in historical, contemporary and global settings.
Each chapter, using Garner’s example – the real-life narrative behind Toni Morrison’s Beloved and the opera Margaret Garner — as a focal point, tells a powerful story of women of color who triumphed over economic oppression and sexual violence in such disparate locations as Yemen, Brazil, India, and the United States during the enslavement era. Embedded in these women’s stories are messages to motivate and empower individuals and communities today — across gender, racial, ethnic, class, age, sexual orientation, religious, and other differences.
Though focused on a woman who faced the horrendous decision of killing her baby daughter rather then “consign her to a life of perpetual bondage, rape and exploitation” – her story nevertheless leaves us with a message of empowerment, inspiration, self-authorship, and the possibility of achieving our human potential. Walters’s presentations are upbeat, triumphant despite its emanation from a tragic and painful origin. [Quote taken from Darlene Clark Hine’s Foreword in Gendered Resistance.]