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West Chester, PA 19382
Dr. tonya thames taylor.
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How do I make room in spaces not created for me? Intersectionality, identity, and space matter. This conversation explores the human rights of work and education through art/iconography, media, and the influential legacies of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. This context explains the work of and need for the Black Lives Matter Movement. Dr Tonya thames taylor’s work aims to actualize the United Nation’s motto: “Peace, dignity, and equality on a healthy planet.”
Dr. tonya thames taylor is the granddaughter of sharecroppers and daughter of parents who came of age in a segregated and violent Mississippi. She is in the first generation of Mississippians who came of age in an integrated Mississippi with opportunities for all.
Tonya is a Head Start graduate, graduate of an integrated, diverse, and inclusive high school, and first-generation college student. She earned her undergraduate degree from Tougaloo College, an Historically Black College and University (HBCU) that was a former slave plantation and hotbed of agitation during the 1960s. She earned her graduate degrees from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss).
Tonya is an American History professor at West Chester University and serves on several boards, including the Kennett Underground Railroad Center. She enjoys reading, gardening, photography, walking her rescue pit bull terriers Raisin and Autumn, and spending time with her husband, Anthony.
In spring 2022, tonya was recognized as one of the 150 Influential Women in the history of West Chester University.