Pat Hussain recounts her childhood in segregated Atlanta and her involvement in various social justice groups, especially her role in the creation of SONG (Southerners On New Ground).
Hussain (b. 1950) was born and raised in Atlanta, where she attended segregated schools until high school. She came from a middle class family and was a debutante, but then joined the Marines when her brother came back from Vietnam psychologically damaged and feeling a failure. She married men twice before coming out as a lesbian in the early 1980s. She helped organize the first GLAAD chapter in Atlanta (when GLAAD was just forming), and had just been working for the Gay and Lesbian Task Force organizing the first March on Washington when she attended the Creating Change 1993 conference that led to the founding of SONG, of which she was the first co-director (with Pam McMichael).
Biography taken from an interview of Pat Hussain by Lorraine Fontana for Sinister Wisdom.
Jillian Ford is an associate professor of social studies education in the Secondary and Middle Grades Education department at Kennesaw State University. Ford earned her Ph.D. in educational studies from Emory University in 2011, her dissertation was titled Political Socialization and Citizenship Education for Queer Youth. Her community engagements, pedagogies, and research projects center the intellectual and pedagogical possibilities inherent in creating a more just world. Theoretically and pragmatically, Ford draws heavily on womanist frameworks. A firm believer in embodied learning, she is currently exploring yoga as a way to enhance critical thinking, imagination, and wonder in her students and herself. Her published work has appeared in the Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, Journal of Lesbian Studies, Multicultural Education, and several edited volumes.
Ford can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cynthia McKinney, 54, is a native of Arkansas. She is the youngest of five children. After growing up in Arkansas she relocated to Indiana and lived and worked there for six years before moving to Atlanta. She went back to school and completed her bachelor’s degree in English with a minor in African American Literature in 2009. She also completed coursework for a graduate program at Georgia State University in African American Studies. She has been employed by the Federal Reserve Bank as a Business Analyst for 19 years. Her interests include live theatre performances, reading, and traveling.
Tonia Poteat, PhD, PA-C, MPH
Tonia Poteat, PhD, MPH, PA-C is an Assistant Professor of Social Medicine at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in the Center for Health Equity Research. During her 22 years as a Physician Assistant, she has devoted her clinical practice to providing medically appropriate and culturally competent care to members of the LGBTQ community as well as people living with HIV. Her research and teaching attend to the health consequences of stigma and discrimination based on multiple marginalized identities.
She has partnered with ZAMI NOBLA on research with Black lesbian communities for many years, including a ground-breaking study assessing the health needs of aging Black lesbians. She is currently working in partnership with ZAMI NOBLA and Johns Hopkins University on a study to understand barriers and facilitators to engagement in care for Black sexual minority women with breast cancer and/or abnormal mammograms.
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Phyllis Adair Robinson, a visual artist, barber/beauty, poet and community activist was born in Portsmouth, Virginia and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. Presently, she lives in Atlanta, Georgia. She owns her own business, PAR Art LLC – a multi-medium company, and works as a Master Barber incorporating her art in designer haircuts @ SheCuts Barber Studio in Midtown Atlanta. In her spare time, she mentors youth and advises them to pursue their dreams.
(Episode cover art is a self-portrait by Phyllis Robinson.)
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Dr. Ashley Coleman Taylor talks about her work collecting black queer oral histories that will preserve an important part of Atlanta’s past. We also talk about the impact of storytelling on creating/sustaining social justice movements and how Audre Lorde’s concept of the “erotic” is an asset to harnessing one’s personal power.
Ashley Coleman Taylor, Ph.D. is an Instructor of Women’s Studies at Agnes Scott College and formerly a Lecturer in the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Georgia State University. As an interdisciplinary ethnographer, she specializes in the intersecting lived experiences of black embodiment, black genders and sexualities, and African diaspora religious experience.
She was a 2016-2017 Visiting Fellow at the James Weldon Johnson Institute at Emory University. Her book project, Magestad (MA-hey-stod) Negra: Race, Class, Gender and Religious Experience in the Puerto Rican Imaginary is an intersectional black feminist approach to race, class, gender, and activism in Puerto Rico. The manuscript is a finalist for the National Women’s Studies Association/University of Illinois Press First Book Prize.
Her current project, Atlanta as Black Queer Place, is an archival oral history project that centers the lived experiences of Atlanta-based LGBT activists and features qualitative geospatial methodologies.
She can be contacted via email at AshleyColemanTaylor@gmail.com
In a world of inauthentic voices, it is refreshing to hear someone talk openly about grief and the journey forward after losing a loved one. Rev. Maressa Pendermon is such a voice as she shares her story on this episode of the podcast. This is a frank and generous conversation that also contains her thoughts on how losing her son has affected her work as a parish minister and hospice chaplain.
Reverend Maressa Pendermon is an ordained reverend in the Unity Fellowship Church Movement (UFCM) currently serving as senior pastor of Unity Fellowship of Christ Church, Greater Atlanta. She also works as a hospice chaplain, providing spiritual care for individuals living with a terminal diagnosis and their families. In addition, Reverend Pendermon is a community strategist as well as trained facilitator. She is passionate about social justice issues and does her work in community with traditionally marginalized and low wealth individuals and communities from a human rights perspective; and through a womanist theological lens. A native of Boston, Massachusetts where she was raised in public housing, Maressa has been involved in advocacy, organizing and coalition building since the early 80″s. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Albany State University; a Juris Doctor from the University of Florida, College of Law; and a Masters of Divinity from Candler School of Theology at Emory University. She also holds facilitation and organizational development certifications from the Interaction Institute for Social Change in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States, in a 5-4 decision declared same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. In our episode today, we talk with the first couple to marry after the court’s decision, Petrina Bloodworth and Emma Foulkes, a same-sex couple living in Atlanta, GA. They talk about how Jeff Graham, executive director of Georgia Equality, A LGBT advocacy organization helped them initiate the process, describe what it was like to wait until the passing of the law, and what married life looks like today.
Georgia Equality Calls Supreme Court Ruling On Gay Marriage “National Victory”
Gay Marriage Comes to Georgia
Same-Sex Couples Begin Marriages In Fulton County Courthouse
Midgett on Satisfying Work and Passionate Sex at Age 82
Midgett, an 82 year-old Black Lesbian writer of erotica living in San Francisco, talks about the importance of having meaningful work and a passionate sex life at every age. She has written two books, “New York Flavor with a San Francisco Beat” and “Brown on Brown: Black Lesbian Erotica.” Her email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
You can find her on YouTube.
She has also written a monthly inspirational column, Midgett’s Corner, for the Western Edition, a newspaper that caters to San Francisco’s Western Addition neighborhood.
EP 005: “The Best She Knows”, Sheree L. Greer on Intersectionality, Creative Writing and Perspective
A Milwaukee, Wisconsin native, Sheree L. Greer is a writer and educator living in Tampa, Florida. She founded The Kitchen Table Literary Arts Center to showcase and support the work of Black women and women writers of color and is the author of two novels, Let the Lover Be and A Return to Arms, a short story collection, Once and Future Lovers, and a student writing guide, Stop Writing Wack Essays. Sheree is a VONA/VOICES alum, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice grantee, Ragdale Artist House Rubin Fellow, and YADDO fellow.
She has completed Creative Capital Core Skills workshops and was awarded an NEA artist grant to support her current work in creative nonfiction. Sheree teaches composition, creative writing, fiction workshop, and African American literature at St. Petersburg College in Florida.