This webinar is part of Sotterley’s Common Ground Initiative: 
Transcending Barriers Toward Healing
Sotterley’s 14th Annual Speaker Series

The Other Madisons: The Lost History of a President's Black Family


About the Webinar

Inheriting the role of griotte--family storyteller--from her mother, Bettye Kearse set out to preserve and deepen the knowledge about her family that oral tradition traces back to President Madison and an African slave named Mandy. As she travels to Virginia, Portugal, and Ghana, she shares with readers her research, her reflections, and her poignant emotional responses to her family's past.

​​​​​​​Bettye Kearse was born in Tucson, Arizona and grew up in Northern California. She has a B.A. in Genetics from the University of California at Berkeley, a Ph.D. in Biology from New York University, and an M.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Before retiring and moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico, Bettye practiced pediatrics in an inner-city Boston neighborhood for 31 years.   

​​​​​​​This event is made possible by the generous support of Destination Southern Maryland (Southern Maryland Heritage Area), the Maryland Heritage Area Authority, and Maryland Humanities.

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