As human rights and justice are being challenged around the world, this monumental and timely collection of poetry and prose raises the voices of women of color. Join editor Deborah Santana and contributing authors in a presentation of All the Women in My Family Sing. In this dynamic evening, the authors will read from their essays, answer questions, and sign books.
Events are free to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
Deborah Santana is an author, seeker and activist for peace and social justice. She is founder of Do A Little, a nonprofit that serves women and girls in the areas of health, education and happiness. In 2005 she published a memoir, Space Between the Stars: My Journey to an Open Heart. Santana has produced five short documentary films. She is mother to three beloved adult children: Salvador, a songwriter and instrumental artist; Stella, a singer/songwriter; and Angelica, an archivist and film producer. She is a leadership donor to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture and has a master’s degree in philosophy and religion, with a concentration in women’s spirituality.
Denise Diaab is a writer who is striving to live her life in such a way as to be a channel of God’s grace. Ms. Diaab says her primary legacy is her four children and three grandchildren. She is working on her first book, Buen Camino: Getting to St. Jean Pied de Port, in which she shares stories of personal growth, transformation and synchronicity in preparing for her 500-mile pilgrimage on El Camino de Santiago. She finished her Camino journey on June 22, 2016 after thirty-three days of walking.
Tammy Thea is a sixty-five-year-old Cambodian woman. She survived the Cambodian killing fields in the 1970s and escaped through multiple refugee camps to San Francisco, where she became a cosmetologist and eventually a business owner in Marin County (now Tam Valley Salon in Mill Valley, California). Tammy lives with her husband, Lee, and their younger son, Danny, in Hercules, California. Her older son, Navi, is a systems administrator living in Oakland. Tammy hopes to go back to school to study writing and literature. Her pride for her sons and her desire to never stop learning are what keep Tammy motivated.
Dera R. Williams lives, works and plays in the San Francisco Bay Area. A retiree of a local community college, she now mentors students in family history research. This Cali girl with Southern roots is a freelance writer and contributor to anthologies, journals and academic encyclopedias and is her family historian. Dera is co-author of the fiction book Mother Wit: Stories of Mothers and Daughters. She is completing a story collection about growing up in Oakland and a children’s book about Alzheimer’s disease. Her most recent publication can be found in the anthology Our Black Mothers, Brave, Bold and Beautiful.
Vicki L. Ward is an author and publisher of several award-winning books, including Life’s Spices from Seasoned Sistahs: A Collection of Life Stories from Mature Women of Color; Savvy, Sassy and Bold after 50! A Midlife Rebirth and More of Life’s Spices, Seasoned Sistahs Keepin’ It Real. Her latest book, Supercharge Your Life after 60: 10 Tips to Navigate a Dynamic Decade, was released in 2016. She publishes books that help educate, inspire and illuminate women’s lives and that highlight and enrich their journey. She believes in empowering women to become motivated self-advocates, both to seek and exceed their needs—to dream bigger dreams and learn how to achieve them.