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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.

IN THE ARTS: Chris and Louise
5 years ago

IN THE ARTS: Chris and Louise

Chris Sherrod and Amy Millward were gracious enough to share this photo from a recent shoot. Chris and his grandmother Louise Evans emit such JOY! This photo is everything!


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TESTIMONY: SIERRA PAYTON
5 years 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
5 years 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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TESTIMONY: LASHAWNDA PITTMAN
5 years ago

TESTIMONY: LASHAWNDA PITTMAN

“Not with my baby!”

This one is from the personal stash (Ph.D. hooding 2011). I was her baby-protected and cared for when my teenage mom had me and thought she …
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TESTIMONY: KIARA STAPLES
5 years ago

TESTIMONY: KIARA STAPLES

“Beautiful Black Queen”

My birth made my grandmother, Donna Staples (1956-2005) a young grandmother. When I think about things she said or did that have left …
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TESTIMONY: JOYCE WELLS JONES
5 years ago

TESTIMONY: JOYCE WELLS JONES

“Coffee Makes You Black!“

When I was coming up, my grandmother Ida Wells (above) threatened that if I- her high yellow granddaughter (far right)- kept drinking coffee with my …
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TESTIMONY: LORRAINE LANE
5 years ago

TESTIMONY: LORRAINE LANE

“Easter in October”

This seemed to be the week from hell, another flight home after a grueling week in Alabama. There has to be more to my life than planes, …
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TESTIMONY: TYSHA WIGGINS
5 years ago

TESTIMONY: TYSHA WIGGINS

“Ha ha hell!”

Ruby Tyson aka Ru Pearl aka Mom Tyson (1921-2004) was no stranger to a hard life. Her mother’s blindness prompted her aunt Ma Shug to raise …
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TESTIMONY: E. NINA JAY
5 years ago

TESTIMONY: E. NINA JAY

For Ada Mae Clay (1897-1980)

Real black grandmothers know how to cook the food braid platts in lil black gurlz’ hair lead the family from quiet mountains always aware …
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TESTIMONY: JOSHUA WELLS
5 years ago

TESTIMONY: JOSHUA WELLS

“A Sack of Shit”

One of my favorite memories about things my grandmother Warnella Wells (1936-2013) did or said was being called “a sack of shit” by her when I …
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