Why Blacks Need to Know About African Society Before Slavery

February Is Black History Month

Among last year’s critically acclaimed and most watched movies was 12 Years a Slave, an unsparing look at one man’s forced servitude during pre-Civil War times. While no one can argue that the slavery story isn’t an important one, Catana Tully, a retired professor of ethnic studies, would like to see more attention paid to a lesser known part of black history: what African society was like before slavery.

Tully, who taught at SUNY Empire State College, will inspire your audience to think deeply about race and identity. On-air, she’ll:

  • Explain why everyone must understand that the history of blacks did not begin with their arrival in the Americas and why she’s saddened that students are not learning African history the way they should be.
  • Discuss why black children and adults must know that prior to the Slave Trade Africans were peers with Europeans.
  • Share Africa’s little-known contributions to world health, science, technology, art, and music.
  • Reveal the importance of sharing your children’s racial history with them – particularly in the case of interracial adoption.

“In engaging, elegant prose, this memoir unveils the blessings and pitfalls of growing up among an ethnicity and a culture different from one’s own.” — PW Select review, Publishers Weekly

CREDENTIALS: Former actress, model and college professor Catana Tully was born to impoverished black parents in Guatemala and adopted by an upper class white German family there who ignored her racial identity. She is the author of SPLIT AT THE ROOT: A Memoir of Love and Lost Identity.

AVAILABILITY: Arizona, nationwide by arrangement and via telephone; available last minute
CONTACT: Catana Tully, (928) 284-9477 (AZ); fctully@yahoo.com


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