Dr. Sonya Ramsey to speak at May Social

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Dr. Sonya Ramsey was born in Elizabeth City, NC and grew up in Nashville, TN. Her mother's family is from Oconee County and she spent summers with her grandmother in Westminster on Butler Street!

Sonya Ramsey is an Associate Professor of History and Women’s and Gender Studies, an Affiliate Faculty Member of the Africana and American Studies Programs and the Director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. After completing her undergraduate studies at Howard University of Washington, D.C., Dr. Ramsey received a Master's and a Ph.D. in United States History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on several themes including, Twentieth-Century United States History and Race; African American Gender History; the History of Education with special emphasis on the history of African American women educators, school desegregation, and the history of Africana Studies programs and administrators in higher education; and the History of Gender and Youth Culture. An experienced oral historian, in 1993, she became one of the original interviewers in the Behind the Veil Project: Documenting the Jim Crow South oral history project sponsored by Duke University and the Ford Foundation. Currently, Dr. Ramsey serves on the Race and Social Justice Equity Working Group under the direction of Dr. Nancy Guttierrez, Dean of the College or Liberal Arts and Sciences at UNC Charlotte. Dr. Ramsey is the author of several historical publications including, Reading, Writing, and Segregation: A Century of Black Women Teachers in Nashville, published by the University of Illinois Press. Her book, After the Marches, Bertha Maxwell-Roddey, a Modern-Day Race Woman in the Desegregated South, has been submitted for publication under advanced contract with the University Press of Florida.