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Rituals

Things we hold dear that our grandmothers taught us. Sacred acts. Ways to pray. Things handed down. Births. Deaths. Mourning and funeral rituals. How to get the most out of a day. Recipes. Porch rituals (e.g., shucking corn, snapping peas, sipping iced tea, gossiping, catching a breeze). Weddings. How to handle babies. What to do for old people, sick people, and dying people. Superstitions (e.g., collard greens and black-eyed peas to bring in the new year; don’t put your purse on the ground or you’ll be broke).

TESTIMONY: AIESHA TURMAN
5 days ago

TESTIMONY: AIESHA TURMAN

Aiesha Turman is an Interdisciplinary PhD candidate at Union Institute & University where her dissertation foregrounds the work of Black women writers as essential texts that act as blueprints for A …
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TESTIMONY: CHEF BENJAMIN “BJ” DENNIS
1 week ago

TESTIMONY: CHEF BENJAMIN “BJ” DENNIS

Chef Benjamin “BJ” Dennis is a personal chef and caterer, born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. BJ infuses the flavors and culture of the Lowcountry into his Gullah-Geechie cuisine. …
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TESTIMONY: KELLY PRICE
3 weeks ago

TESTIMONY: KELLY PRICE

“From Mama Bear to Mama Bear Times Ten”

Kelly Cherelle Price (April 4, 1973-) is the 2nd of 3 daughters born to Rev. Joseph and Mrs. Claudia Price. “Although …
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RESILIENCE: DEVELOP A MORNING RITUAL
4 weeks ago

RESILIENCE: DEVELOP A MORNING RITUAL

Resilience is knowing that how you start your day matters. When we take time to center and prepare for the day ahead it’s harder to knock us off of our …
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TESTIMONY: TONYA DEDEAUX
2 months ago

TESTIMONY: TONYA DEDEAUX

“Always A Class Act”

My grandmother’s name was Ora D. Bradford and she lived in St. Louis, Missouri. As a little girl, I grew up in Mississippi and it was …
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TESTIMONY: IFALADE TASHIA ASANTI
3 months ago

TESTIMONY: IFALADE TASHIA ASANTI

“My daughter is the greatest gift that God ever gave me. My grandchildren are a close second.”

Iyanifa Ifalade Tashia Asanti lives in Marina del Rey, California. She is an …
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TESTIMONY: TERESA WOODS
3 months ago

TESTIMONY: TERESA WOODS

“Hard Work Brings Good Things To You”

My biological grandmother died while giving birth to my mother. So, her oldest daughter raised my mother. Although she’s my aunt, I see her …
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TESTIMONY: DANIELLE GAY
4 months ago

TESTIMONY: DANIELLE GAY

“Equal in All Things”

One thing I remember about my grandmother, Virginia Gay (April 18, 1935-) is how it was always important to her to keep my brother and me …
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TESTIMONY: PAT MUNSON
4 months ago

TESTIMONY: PAT MUNSON

“They Call It Grandmother Because It Is Grand!”

In an interview with RBGM digital archivist Sara Daise, Pat Munson (March 29, 1958-) discusses her humble beginnings growing up in Los …
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TESTIMONY: CHANDRA CONN
4 months ago

TESTIMONY: CHANDRA CONN

“If You Thought My Mama Could Cook!”

The story that I most remember about my grandmamma Gladys Dawson (1923-1998) focuses on the holidays. Whenever my mom wanted my grandma here, …
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