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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: KICHA WELLS
5 months ago

TESTIMONY: KICHA WELLS

“A Different Kind of Love”

In an interview with RBGM digital archivist Sara Daise, Kicha Wells talked about the challenges of being a black, single, teenage mother to two black sons. …
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TESTIMONY: WILMA HOLDEN
5 months ago

TESTIMONY: WILMA HOLDEN

“Adventures with Grandma”

My grandmother Adena Chevers (unknown-1982) lived with us. So, for as long as I could remember, she was with us. I just remember her being very strict, …
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TESTIMONY: SIERRA PAYTON
6 months ago

TESTIMONY: SIERRA PAYTON

“Jerome the Snowman” One of my favorite childhood memories is of my nana, Jean Daniels (February 12, 1943-), visiting me in Boston when I was little. She would come …
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