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Joy Keys chats with the authors of They Carried Us

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They Carried Us- The Social impact of Philadelhia's Black Women Leaders, 

by Allener M. Baker-Rogers  (Author), Fasaha M. Traylor (Author)


Allener is a native West Philadelphian who now resides in Virginia. She is an honorary board member and former president of the Philadelphia child-advocacy organization, Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY). She served on mayoral advisory committees, and was a governor’s appointee and board chair of the Philadelphia County Assistance Office (PCAO). A lifelong educator, and having earned a doctorate in higher-education leadership from Widener University in 2003, Allener is a former academic-department director and assistant professor of educational research. She is a past recipient of the Jane S. Abrams and Cecil B. Moore Community Service Awards and a longtime volunteer with the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.


Fasaha has been an educator, activist, writer, administrator, board chair and foundation officer. She founded and directed an independent school, operated programs to link the resources of a local university with community needs and taught in public alternative-education programs. She was a copy editor at a major metropolitan newspaper, served on the board of a national human-rights organization—the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, and was board chair of Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families as well as Public Citizens for Children and Youth. She cofounded the Ain’t I a Woman Network—an activist group formed in the wake of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings—and is a principal of Lift Every Voice, LLC. The recipient of many awards and fellowships, she received a National Science Foundation fellowship, the Art Peters Memorial Fellowship (journalism) and the Temple University Urban Fellowship. 

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