My first introduction to history began in my grandmother’s kitchen as her little helper snapping green beans and seasoning catfish. She carried lessons of Black history through food, gossip (her form of historical fact), and personal stories of her upbringing in rural North Carolina. I quickly garnered a childhood interest in African American history through her storytelling and archival practices in preserving our families history. Her living room became my first site of archival work. My interest in history grew during my sophomore year at Messiah University where I studied the first African American student to attend the institution–Rachel H. Flowers. Through this research, I became interested in using digital platforms to showcase and tell history. This blog and the Flowers Family Project were pieces of my undergraduate thesis.
Currently, I am a PhD Candidate of History. My dissertation examines the intellectual biography of Geraldine L. Wilson.
- #SayHerName: A Digital Memorial
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- Electric.Marronage, Lead Editor
- An Interview with John Clark Mayden
- StoryMap | City People