People who know me will be the first to say that I’m a quiet person. I'm not comfortable with speaking publicly, but will do it when I need to, especially to raise awareness for things that I’m passionate about. I recently had the opportunity to share my story about joining the DAR on a couple of platforms so I decided to share them here.
The first time was through the Daughter Dialogs podcast. The purpose of Daughter Dialogues is to explore the contemporary lives of members of color in the Daughters of the American Revolution. The interview was conducted by Maryland Daughter Reisha L. Raney, a non-resident fellow at the W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute at the Hutchins Center for African & African American Research at Harvard University under the direction of Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr. You can listen to the podcast here.
In addition to the Daughter Dialogues podcast, I was also able to participate in a commemoration of the Battle of Rhode Island. I was invited to participate as Regent of the Rhode Island Independence Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution by Bristol Chapter. Bristol Chapter has hosted this event for the past 30 years and graciously invited our chapter to co-host the event this year. Speakers included Rhode Island Lieutenant Governor Daniel J. McKee and Charles Roberts of the Newport Slave Medallion Project. You can watch a recording of the event here.
I’ll write more about overcoming my aversion to public speaking in another post, but I wanted to share these now.