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Grayce Gadson and Kleopatra Gaiter

Grayce Gadson (71) shares with her colleague Kleopatra Gaiter (32) anecdotes from her time as a student in Florida, Indiana, and California during the desegregation of schools in America. Grayce and Kleopatra compare their varying experience with school institutions, specifically...

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Talethia Edwards, Anita Wimberly, and Valerie George

A group of African-American "sista friends," Talethia Edwards (39), Valerie George (38) and Anita Wimberly [no age given], chat about life, intimate platonic friendships, family, marriage and the importance of their bond in the African-American community. They talk about the...

Amena Johnson & Jamila Taylor

Amena Johnson talks to her friend of several years Jamila Taylor. They discuss their friendship and what it's like to have black women as friends.

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Shonda Brooks and Shawana Johnson

Dr. Shonda Brooks (50) speaks with her colleague Shawana Johnson (43) about their passion for reproductive justice and the health disparities and adverse outcomes for those experiencing childbirth, particularly Black women. Both emphasize the culture surrounding birth and reproductive care,...

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Cynthia Anderson and Barbara Jackson

Dr. Barbara Jackson (51) interviews her best friend, Pastor Cynthia Anderson (57), about being a survivor of domestic violence and what she's learned by surviving the challenges that have come to her in her life.

A Reflection of Interactions Within Health – Perspectives of a Black Woman

This interview reflected on a black women’s experience with their personal interactions within healthcare and how it affected their personal life.

Blair Imani & Blaire Washington

Blaire Washington (16) interviews Blair Imani (26), a historian, educator, author, and influencer, about her life as a black queer Muslim woman. They talk about why Blair decided to educate people and what she educates them about, her struggles and...

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Marta Pearson and DeAnna Hadley

Marta Pearson (72) talks with her friend DeAnna Hadley (52) about sympathy, empathy, racism, the pain it causes and the need for African-American stories to be shared. She describes seeing a raw cotton field for the first time, being denied...

Equitable Dinners Stories! La Donna Williams

La Donna Williams is a Native ATLien, ordained minister, womanist, theatre artist, and lover of the arts. She’s one of the valued facilitators at Equitable Dinners. Here she talks about her experience switching from a white school system to a...

"I see you. I hear you. And I ache for you."

In May 2020, communities across the United States were emerging from shelter-at-home measures put in place to stem the COVID-19 pandemic. In Minneapolis, George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, was killed when a white police officer kneeled on his neck...

Project Introduction

Executive Producer Nichelle S. Carr (Class of 1998) introduces the Black Women of Amherst College Storytelling Project

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Louraiseal McDonald and Toni Trees

Louraiseal McDonald (45) and Toni Trees (74) are two strangers who sat down for a One Small Step Conversation. They talk about lessons learned from their mothers, their love of their professions, and the importance of black history.

“We need…more Black women and women of color to be on this campus to get that experience and go back out in the world and do better.”

Malika Jeffries-El ’96, Shelly Davis ’97, and Katrina Mitchell ’96 recount the evolution of Ethos’ objectives from advocating for diversity and inclusion on campus to thinking about the broader aspects of being black women in the world. They touch on...

“I saw immediately that there was such a wide diversity of women from all kinds of backgrounds.”

Classmates Pamm McNeil ’82 and Tracy Heather Strain ’82 share their own preconceptions and early encounters with racism on campus during the 1980s, and they discuss how Ethos and Harambee House made class, social, and geographical “crossings” possible, fostering unexpectedly...

Vashitta Johnson's Story

WeRISE launch team member Vashitta Johnson shares her journey through advocacy work, her commitment to racial justice, and her hopes for an equitable future. This interview is part of Westerville Public Library's Westerville Voices project.

Mom Part 2 (sibling #15)

My mom and I caught up again over the phone. Just as southern states are beginning to reopen the virus is reaching our family like never before but my mom believes that her faith and military experience will carry her...

My mom, Leigh Langston: “I Love Being A Woman.”

In this interview, conducted in November 2017 in Flint, Michigan, Senia Langston (15) interviews her mom Leigh Langston (42) about her life growing up. Leigh talks about her passion about writing. She also talks about being raised by a single...

Equitable Dinners Stories! Niya Randall

Niya Randall is an unapologetically Black mother who continues to disrupt inequities while working in social justice and education during these uncertain times. She’s one of our valued facilitators at Equitable Dinners. Here she talks about becoming aware of racism...

Equitable Dinners Stories! Camara Jones

Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on naming, measuring, and addressing the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She is a Past President of the American...

Equitable Dinners Stories! Adria Kitchens

Adria Kitchens is Program Manager for Out of Hand Theater. She leads Equitable Dinners! Here she talks about her journey to awareness of racism, learning the importance of communication to find equity, the revolution in Black people empowering and taking...

“I came to Wellesley not sure what was possible, but I left Wellesley knowing that nothing was impossible.”

Natalie Gill-Mensah ’03 speaks with close friend Liz Miranda ’02 about Miranda’s transformation at Wellesley during the 2000s, from a young woman with undefined aspirations, raised by a teenage mother, to one with the confidence to run for public office...

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Nyah Hoskins, Patrisia Vekima, and Michaela Clarke

Friends Nyah Hoskins (25), Patrisia Vekima (25), and Michaela Clarke (25) reminisce on defining memories from their friendship such as first meetings, college life, living together, transitioning out of college, and more.