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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: 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: ROBIN CALLENDER
4 months ago

TESTIMONY: ROBIN CALLENDER

“An Intergenerational Creed: Bringing Light to Where There is Darkness”

Robin Callender lives in Atlanta Georgia. Born in London, England, Robin immigrated to Brooklyn and Queens when he was 12-years-old. …
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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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TESTIMONY: ANGELA ALDRICH
5 months ago

TESTIMONY: ANGELA ALDRICH

“She Was Everything!”

Angela Aldrich has a long history of facilitating the heart to heart connections and communication she values—she spent 14 years in sports medicine and 15 years in …
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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: Dr. Ysaye Barnwell
5 months ago

Testimony: Dr. Ysaye Barnwell

https://youtu.be/pA9JQO-_62w

Dr. Ysaye Barnwell shares the story behind “No Mirrors in My Nana’s House.” Watch the video above to hear her and Dr. LaShawnDa Pittman talk about the song she …
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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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TESTIMONY: LASHAWNDA PITTMAN
6 months ago

TESTIMONY: LASHAWNDA PITTMAN

“Be tired for you!”

I remember my grandmother Warnella Wells (1936-2013) saying towards the end of her life and in the prime of mine when I’d talk about being tired, …
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