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Testimonies

Testimonies are personal accounts, oral and living histories pertaining to black grandmothers. When we testify, we share our stories to liberate ourselves and others, in this case black grandmothers and their grandchildren. Each testimony will feature a visual and/or audio representation of the story being shared. From across generations, time periods, and time zones, testimonies will reveal how black grandmothers, past and present, help define who we are and what we can become.

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: NATALIE DAISE
2 weeks ago

TESTIMONY: NATALIE DAISE

For more than 30 years, Natalie Daise (November 1960-) has developed and facilitated interactive learning experiences for educators, students, and audiences in schools, universities, conferences, and other venues. Her belief …
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TESTIMONY: LASHAWNDA PITTMAN
2 weeks ago

TESTIMONY: LASHAWNDA PITTMAN

Few have loved me as hard as you. Being able to show you that love in return, especially at the end of your life, is one of my best things. …
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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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TESTIMONY: CYNTHIA REYNOLDS
1 month ago

TESTIMONY: CYNTHIA REYNOLDS

“Raised to Love”

Ruth Bowden (unknown-1982) is my grandmother. When I was about 3-years-old, I had to stay at home with my grandmother while my sisters and brothers attended school. …
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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: ALISA CRUMPLER-CALLENDER
2 months ago

TESTIMONY: ALISA CRUMPLER-CALLENDER

Sophia-Bill Road: The Land That Gave Us Who We Are

Alisa Crumpler-Callender is a homemaker (aka CEO of the Callender household) located in Smyrna, Georgia. Married for 21 …
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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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