Hidden Women

At New Haven Museum, Tale Of Amistad Captive

Margu was just 9 years old when she was sold into captivity, marched 80 miles to the West African coast, held in the notorious Dunbomo slave pens on Lomboko Island, then shipped to Cuba. In 1839, she was one of four children among the 53 captives aboard the schooner Amistad, headed toward a life of […]

Performance commemorates Amistad captives’ freedom

Interview with Tammy Denease

We are commemorating the 175th anniversary of the Amistad captives’ freedom. On Thursday, March 10 at 5:30 pm, storyteller and actress Tammy Denease will be at the New Haven Museum portraying Margu- one of four captive children on the Amistad who ended up in CT. Margu was nine years old when she was sold into […]

Women’s History Month

Women in History March is the month chosen to celebrate women. Ain’t I a woman everyday?! Please don’t get me wrong, I appreciate the idea of celebrating womanhood. However, as a daughter, wife, mother, sister and grandmother I would prefer to be celebrated and appreciated everyday. Appreciated for being me because I am loved and […]

My Love of Music

Growing up in Columbus, MS I heard it all. From the Motown Sound to the Soul of Philadelphia to classical, rock, disco, Every morning I awoke to two songs playing on the radio – Minnie Ripperton singing “Loving You” and Barry Manilow singing “I write the Songs”. When I heard Minnie it was time to […]

The Challenges of Doing what you Love

As a performing artist it is at times challenging to do what you love the most. There are obstacles that can hinder your process and impede your progress! There is the obstacle of self-doubt. This is the biggest and most damaging to any dream or goal. When you doubt your ability to believe in your […]

Mary Ann Shadd Cary – Abolitionist, Editor, Lawyer

This is one of the Women that I have added to my “Obscure Women” series. Mrs. Cary was a true champion for human rights, regardless of race or gender. A perfect example of someone who was of the elite class using their wealth, and status for the good of the people! Today in 1823, Mary […]

Coretta Scott King – More than the wife of Martin

Coretta Scott King (April 27, 1927 – January 30, 2006) was an author, activist, and civil rights leader. The widow of Martin Luther King, Jr., Coretta Scott King helped lead the African-American Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s. Mrs. King’s most prominent role may have been in the years after her husband’s 1968 assassination when […]