A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast: The HISTORY of Our Stories

Due to The Call and Response Conference, my team was delayed in publishing last week’s podcast episode. Earlier this week, we published the episode, featuring my aunt (mom’s baby sister), Latrice Williams, talking about the HISTORY of Our Stories and specifically discussing the history of our family across generations.

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Today’s episode features a conversation with my dear friend, godmother, mentor, and acclaimed choir director and Bennett Belle, Joyce Garrett talking about the HISTORY of Our Stories. In it, she shares her personal experience participating in the Civil Rights Movement as a college student and the continuous fight for racial justice today.

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Joyce Garrett, a native of Kinston, North Carolina consistently produced outstanding choral ensembles for over thirty years at Eastern High School, Washington, DC.  A consummate musician and exemplary music educator, Garrett served as Founder/Artistic Director of the Excellence Without Excuses program, a youth intervention, values-training and scholarship program she created for the award-winning Eastern High School Choir of Washington, DC during her teaching career there from 1972-1999. Garrett directed the United States Naval Academy Gospel Choir in Annapolis, Maryland from 1990 until 2006, performing throughout the United States from California to New York, showcasing the Gospel Choir’s talents, and serving as a catalyst for Academy minority student recruitment and retention. Garrett received the Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bennett College, and the Master of Music Degree from The Catholic University in Washington, DC. During her teaching career, she received numerous honors and awards Currently, she serves as the Music and Worship Arts Ministry Director of the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA.  She is married to James Garrett and is the mother of two adult children, Rodney and Melanie Messer.

Follow her work through the Joyce Garrett Fan Page.

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The Formation of Our Stories w/ Dr. Twaina Harris of Claflin University

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Welcome to A Sojourner’s Truth podcast: Conversations for a Changing Culture! I’m your host Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, and I’m glad you’re joining us for Season One where the theme is: Our Stories:

Natasha: Hello Beautiful People!

I am thrilled to welcome my next guest to A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast. This season of the podcast, we are talking about our stories, and to guide our conversation, I’m using the outline of my upcoming book, A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World. We will talk about the FORMATION of Our Stories, the HISTORY of Our Stories, Our Stories in the WILDERNESS, and Our REDEMPTION Stories.

In our second interview of the season, we are continuing our conversation about the FORMATION of Our Stories with Dr. Twaina Harris, Campus Director of the Career Pathways Initiative and Director of Academic Advising at the Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Claflin University.

 

DR TWAINA HARRIS SHORT BIOGRAPHY:

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Twaina is from Orangeburg, South Carolina, and she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from South Carolina State University.  She earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). Upon completion of her Master’s degree, she was employed by UAB as a professional academic advisor in the Division of General Studies.  After serving several years as an academic advisor at UAB, she relocated to Columbus, Ohio and served as Admissions Manager for the College of Optometry and chair of the Diversity Committee for the health sciences (including the health professions) at Ohio State University.  In 2014, she earned her Doctor of Education degree in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. The primary focus of her dissertation was academic advising at HBCUs. She has been employed at Claflin University for 14 years.

Here are some conversation highlights:

 

READ ALONG as Natasha reads excerpt from Part One: Community – “Long before I knew I was a Christian or a leader, I understood that I was black and woman…(pg. 31-32).

 

Growing up, I regularly listened to commercials from the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) telling me that I could go to college and that a mind is a terrible thing to waste.

 

UNITED NEGRO COLLEGE FUND

 

The United Negro College Fund is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization.

 

 

Find out more about the United Negro College Fund.

“A mind is a terrible thing to waste.”

 

Website: https://www.uncf.org/

Follow on Twitter:  @UNCF

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/UNCF

Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/uncf/

 

CLAFLIN UNIVERSITY

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Across the fence from South Carolina State University, you will find Claflin University. It is a private liberal artists school located in my hometown of Orangeburg, SC.

My mother attended Claflin University for a couple years before her health started to fail. She later returned to Claflin to work in the campus library where I spent many afternoons after school reading books and doing homework.

Founded in 1869, Claflin University was created so newly freed slaves could be educated. It is the oldest HBCU in the state of South Carolina. Beginning with homecoming 2018, Claflin will be celebrating 150 years of academic excellence and visionary leadership!

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Find out more about Claflin University:

Website: http://www.claflin.edu/

Follow on Twitter:  @ClaflinUniv1869

Follow on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ClaflinUniversity1869/ 

Follow on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claflin1869/

 

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Until next time, “Tell the truth, people!”

The Formation of Our Stories with Jo Saxton (A Sojourner’s Truth podcast)

Here is a summary of our first podcast interview with Jo Saxton! Subscribe today:

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We will be publishing new podcasts on Thursdays, and they’re going to syndicate on iTunes, Spotify, SoundCloud, and YouTube.

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Welcome to A Sojourner’s Truth podcast: Conversations for a Changing Culture! I’m your host Natasha Sistrunk Robinson, and I’m glad you’re joining us for Season One where the theme is: Our Stories:

 

Natasha: Hello Beautiful People!

 

I am thrilled to welcome my first guest to A Sojourner’s Truth Podcast. Leader, pastor, and author Jo Saxton. How are you my dear friend? Thank you so much for joining us.

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JO SAXTON: Thank you so much for having me. That’s such a gracious introduction.

 

Natasha: It’s wonderful to have you. What I love, especially about the people I’m inviting to the table up throughout this season, is our willingness to share our stories, and I have invited people  that have directly or indirectly impacted my life. Jo stands out as a leader, influencer, and mobilizer of women.

 

Jo’s short biography: Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, leadership coach, and visionary. Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, England, Jo brings a multi-cultural and international perspective to leadership. She has served on staff in multiple churches in the United Kingdom and the United States. Today, Jo co-hosts the popular podcast Lead Stories: Tales of Leadership and Life with Steph O’Brien. She is also the founder of the Ezer Collective, an initiative that creates intensives and experiences to invest in women who lead. Jo’s most recent book is called, The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For.

Jo and her husband, Chris, live in Minneapolis with their two daughters. She loves Starbucks, running, her people, and the everyday stuff, like good music, good food, and good books, and Target. She really, really loves Target!

 

This season of the podcast, we are talking about our stories, and to guide our conversation, I’m using the outline of my upcoming book, A Sojourner’s Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World. We will talk about the FORMATION of Our Stories, the HISTORY of Our Stories, Our Stories in the WILDERNESS, and Our REDEMPTION Stories.

 

Jo is here to talk today about the formation of our stories because what happens in our formative years really has an impact on who we become, how we grow into adulthood, what we do, how we see ourselves and how others view us. As a matter of setting the stage for our conversation, I want to read an excerpt from the book.

 

The Negro is the child of two cultures—Africa and America. The problem is that in the search for wholeness all too many Negros seek to embrace only one side of their natures.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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