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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: KIRSTYN KOREN THOMAS
4 years ago

TESTIMONY: KIRSTYN KOREN THOMAS

“The Beautiful Creation of Your Children”

Loreli Warren (August 13, 1938) is my grandma as well as a grandmother to three other grandchildren. She was born and raised in …
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TESTIMONY: SADE VICTORIAN
4 years ago

TESTIMONY: SADE VICTORIAN

“Good, better, best never let it rest until the good becomes better and the better becomes best” these are words of wisdom that has been passed down through many generations. …
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RESILIENCE: DELIGHT IN THE LAUGHTER OF CHILDREN
4 years ago

RESILIENCE: DELIGHT IN THE LAUGHTER OF CHILDREN

Resilience is appreciating the small things, especially the contagious laughter of children.

Kelly’s association of the sound of laughter with being a grandmother reminds me of something that Nelson Mandela …
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TESTIMONY: MALCOLM SECRIGHT
4 years ago

TESTIMONY: MALCOLM SECRIGHT

“More than “Hurricane Ethel”- A Purveyor of Lessons”

I am a freshman at the University of Washington. I was born on October 5,1998 and raised in Federal Way, Washington. Growing …
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RESILIENCE: LIVE YOUR PRIORITIES
4 years ago

RESILIENCE: LIVE YOUR PRIORITIES

Resilience is identifying and living your priorities.

“I learned something about the importance of living close to your children and your grandchildren and to make that relationship a priority in …
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TESTIMONY: RIMAUJHIA GREENLEE
4 years ago

TESTIMONY: RIMAUJHIA GREENLEE

“She is the sugar honey iced tea!”

“Great. Wonderful. Magnificent. Joyful. I can only find action words to describe what it feels like to be a grandmother. My favorite part …
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RESILIENCE: LOVE FAMILY!
4 years ago

RESILIENCE: LOVE FAMILY!

Resilience is loving family, “irregardless” as the old folks say.

Duane Lawrence’s grandmother, Granny Ivy, speaking at their last family reunion. It was July 24, 2015. She was 97.


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TESTIMONY: IZIAH GULLEY
4 years ago

TESTIMONY: IZIAH GULLEY

“She always told me to say yes ma’am, no ma’am, yes sir, no sir, because that’ll take you far in life.” MeMe wanted her grandson, Iziah, to uphold the same …
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TESTIMONY: AIESHA TURMAN
4 years 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
4 years 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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