Dr. William Ferris, former director of the National Endowment for the Humanities, says “Hyman’s skills as an actor and writer are rare.” She is passionate; she inspires audiences to achieve, to contribute to life.Check Availability
Deeply rooted in the African American Civil Rights tradition, Dr. Ramona L. Hyman uses historical gems and lessons from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 in a contemporary context to motivate, inspire, and teach. Dr. Hyman earned a B.A. from Temple University and her MA from Andrews University; she earned her PhD from the University of Alabama. Hyman serves as a professor of English at Oakwood. She has served as a professor at Alabama A & M and Loma Linda Universities. She has also served as a speaker for the Alabama Humanities Foundation and a poet in resident for the Alabama S
Dr. Hyman has been the recipient of the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminars for College Teachers grant. Hyman, moreover, has served as an adjudicator for Faculty Research Awards for the National Endowment for the Humanities, Washington, D.C. Her work has been in journals and anthologies such as the Essence, CLA Journal, Amiri and Amini Baraka's An Anthology of African American Women Writers (Marrow Press), African American Pulpit, Message, and African American Review.
Dr. Hyman is the author of two collections of poetry, In the Sanctuary of a South and I Am Black America. She has shared her lecture/performance “Let Me Tell You Something About Rosa Parks” and "Montgomery on My Mind" nationally. Hyman, moreover, is the founder of the conference African Americans: Healers in a Multicultural Nation.
Dr. William Ferris, former director of the National Endowment for the Humanities, says “Hyman’s skills as an actor and writer are rare.” “Hyman challenges audiences . . . to explore a poetic imagination grounded in a feel for the southern landscape, African-American literary and political history, Black spirituality, and a creative fusion of Black folk speech with a Euro-American poetic vernacular. Dr. Hyman emerges as a strong Black intellectual poetic voice,” says Dr. Joyce Joyce.
Ramona Hyman’s work “is choral, a cry, a celebration.” It is “Telling, (both noun and verb) not only a saying of historical import, but testimony, a magnus opum of how it means to . . . Black American in the Deep South. ”It“. . . is a rite of passage for everyone, no matter their race or creed.”
Dr. Ramona Hyman’s poetry answers the questions of “who am I” for African Americans. Her people populate their blue black bravery with the turn of each page. “I am Black America” reminds us her words are powerful memories for us to walk with in the 21st century.- Sonia Sanchez, Poet/Professor/Activist
Dr. Hyman was a joy to have on our campus. She was engaged with the students. She talked to them and not at them. The students really enjoyed her.- Speaker Evaluation: University of Evansville
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