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Speaking Truth to Power with Cheryl Wills

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Journalist/genealogist Sylvia Wong Lewis guest host interviews Cheryl Wills about her book “Die Free” and amazing family story.

Cheryl Willsbelieves in speaking truth to power. The author and New York City TV Anchor & Reporter on NY1, made a startling discovery while searching her family’s roots on ancestry.com.  By a twist of fate, she found her great-great -great grandfather, Sandy Wills, who escaped from slavery to join the US Colored Troops to fight in the Civil War. Sandy was among five enslaved men who fled Edmund Wills’ Tennessee plantation and fought in the 4th Heavy Field Artillery.  Meet Sandy Wills’ widow Emma who fought for his pension. Learn more about Cheryl’s family search journey and how writing the book has empowered and changed her life. Sylvia and Cheryl will also discuss slavery, how to teach and talk about it today and why these American history chapters and family stories are important.  Because of her book, Cheryl delivered the keynote address at the United Nation General Assembly for the UN International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. A winner of many accolades, Cheryl also received the “2010 Speak Truth to Power Award’ from St. Francis College in Brooklyn. For more information visit: willscivilwarhistory.com.

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