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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: LASHAWNDA PITTMAN
2 years ago

TESTIMONY: LASHAWNDA PITTMAN

Real Black Grandmothers Creator and Founder, Dr. LaShawnDa Pittman talks about the importance of preserving Black grandmothers stories.

TESTIMONY: JEAN DANIELS
2 years ago

TESTIMONY: JEAN DANIELS

“What Did I Tell You About Climbing Those Damn Apple Trees?”

My grandma was Valerie Smith (1926-1968). We used to live on an apple orchard. She would make us go …
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TESTIMONY: SHEREE JOHNSON
2 years ago

TESTIMONY: SHEREE JOHNSON

“Baby It’s Enough of Waneda to Go Around”

My grandmother, Waneda Loretta Pittman (Neda) (May 30, 1933-May 2, 2015), kept us in church with her. She raised her household in
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TESTIMONY: SHERYL BURKE
2 years ago

TESTIMONY: SHERYL BURKE

“A Haiku for Maw Maw”

Eat Organic Save Money Listen to sages Practice kindness and interdependence Repeat

As a child, I was left in …
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TESTIMONY: NAIMA MORA
3 years ago

TESTIMONY: NAIMA MORA

Naima Mora, talks about the stories she can recollect and those that she wish were documented from her grandmother sculptor Elizabeth Catlett (April 15, 1915-April 2, 2012).

 


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RESILIENCE: CULTIVATE RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
4 years ago

RESILIENCE: CULTIVATE RELIGIOUS/SPIRITUAL PRACTICES

Resilience is cultivating religious/spiritual practices. They give you something bigger than yourself to believe in and to rely upon.  Not to mention, provide a sense of wonder and magic. Loreli Warren …
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TESTIMONY: ASHA ALI
4 years ago

TESTIMONY: ASHA ALI

AYEEYO MACAAN (SWEET GRANDMOTHER)

“I remember the scorching sun hitting my back while tears strolled down my eyes. I was eight months pregnant and was holding my two boys’ hand …
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TESTIMONY: KARLEE DARRELL RUFFIN
4 years ago

TESTIMONY: KARLEE DARRELL RUFFIN

My grandmother, Ruth Ruffin (September 3, 1938-), is the daughter of Mable Toney and Wingfield Ruffin. Her grandchildren call her ‘Grandma Ruth’ or ‘Gee Gee’ and she lives in …
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TESTIMONY: MYLES LONG
4 years ago

TESTIMONY: MYLES LONG

“The Life in All Living Things”

My parents were teenagers when I was born. So, my parents and I lived with my grandparents in their home in Seattle, Washington …
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RESILIENCE: STRIVE FOR BLACK EXCELLENCE
4 years ago

RESILIENCE: STRIVE FOR BLACK EXCELLENCE

By  •  Resilience, Work

Resilience is always giving it your best. Erica Haynes-Ferguson’s great-grandmother, Dr. Annie Lee Richardson (March 13, 1918) passed down to her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren the motto: “Good, better, best never let …
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