INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN AMERICAN FAMILY HISTORY/GENEALOGY: How Do I Begin My Family History?
Have you always wanted to “find your roots,” but were reluctant to start? My introduction to popular genealogical databases, local and archival resources and DNA will launch you on the journey to identifying your African American (or other ethnic roots). You will have a hands-on opportunity to begin your search. Will you make satisfying discoveries about your ancestors? Come join us to get started and find out!!
THE LEGACY OF MARGARET GARNER: Lessons of Survival & Empowerment for Today
Garner’s life is the basis for Toni Morrison’s novel, Beloved and though a tragic story, it is also inspirational. My message is upbeat, and triumphant focusing on Garner’s resistance and survival. Readers can find these themes and the lessons they provide in the stories of other Black women including Yemen, Brazil, India and the enslavement era in United States as recounted in my co-edited book, Gendered Resistance.
* Her story continues to inspire and motivate women of all races/ethnicities/classes to overcome gender inequities, such as domestic violence, and other forms of mistreatment and abuse.
* Her story offers an opportunity to discuss the impact of the enslavement era on race relations today.
* Be inspired by women oppressed by enslavement in contemporary and historical contexts.
I can help with editing your articles, proposals or other professional writing. My success in editing several articles in the co-edited anthology, Gendered Resistance and as well as having submitted articles for books, an encyclopedia, an opera program, book reviews and reader’s guides demonstrate my writing and editing skills.
I wrote a Reader’s Guide for Ida, A Sword Among Lions (2008) by Paula J. Giddings that was commissioned by the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.’s National Reading Circle in collaboration with the then National Council for Research on Women.
I also wrote a Reader’s Guide for The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010, 2012) by Michelle Alexander for the Deltas. Please contact me if you would like a reader’s guide for a recent or not-so-recent book for your group.