A uniquely Maryland work in progress, learn about one writer’s journey from family genealogist to published author of a love story, a novel based on four generations of a family of free people of color, who migrated from Washington County to Frederick County and beyond in search of a better life for themselves and their future generations. We will examine Maryland’s historic period from 1830’s to 1900, spanning the time of African enslavement through emancipation and into the Jim Crow years of this country’s history. The class will hear a reading, “He Never Said Goodbye," from the first chapter of the manuscript recently published in Pen In Hand, the biannual journal of the Maryland Writer’s Association.
The African American History lecture series, which was organized for FCC and is presented by instructors from the African American Resources-Cultural and Heritage (AARCH) Society, offer opportunities to expand the knowledge and understanding of the students about present-day Frederick by learning about the history of African Americans in Frederick County. The lectures provide both regional and national perspectives ranging from 18th-century Enslavement to Genealogy as well as perspectives on contemporary life in the county. The Society identifies, collects, preserves, and makes publicly accessible, through its programs and services, the objects, artifacts, and stories about the history, rich heritage and culture and the contributions of African Americans in Frederick County past and present and in doing so educates, enriches, and enlightens this and future generations. Through its programs, services, research, and activities, the Society also recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary resiliency of African Americans in the County.
Elayne Bond Hyman is a mixed-blood woman of many nations. She is of Native, African, and European descent. She integrated the all-female student body of Stephens College, in Columbia MO graduating with honors in 1964. She subsequently graduated from Howard University in 1966, Phi Beta Kappa, Dobroe Slovo, and Cum Laude with a BA in Russian, and a double minor in English and French. She holds graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, where she received the Homiletics Prize. She taught undergraduate courses in the Humanities program at Howard University, namely “Individual In Society” through the literary lens of African-American Women, and Montgomery Community College, English as a second language courses. She is honorably retired, after 25 years of ministry in the Presbyterian Church USA 1980-2004. She has been published in literary genres of poetry and personal essay including Laurel Holliday’s Children of the Dream. She has performed her poetry collection Catoctin SlaveSpeak locally for live audiences and on-camera videos. Ms. Hyman is semi-retired from AFTRA and SAG but occasionally appears in PSA’s and regional commercials.