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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: IFALADE TASHIA ASANTI
5 years 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
5 years 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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TESTIMONY: DANIELLE GAY
5 years 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
5 years 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
5 years 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
5 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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 years 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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