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Alice Eley Jones

was born in Ahoskie, Hertford County, North Carolina, the youngest child of Tupper Webster Jones (1916–2013), a businessman, merchant, and civic leader, and Pearlene Clario Robbins (1920–1987), a housewife, churchwoman, and Chowanoc descendant.

Jones’s family and extended family hailed from free mixed-race families who pioneered and settled northeastern North Carolina, having immigrated from southeastern Virginia as early as 1740, some marrying into surviving landowning families of the Chowanoc, Meherrin, and Tuscarora Nations. From these unions arose generations of prosperous, independent, landowning farmers, skilled artisans, and business owners. By 1831 seven families owned twelve slaves and in 1851 land was purchased near the town of Winton whereupon Pleasant Plains Baptist Church was constructed Prideful of their Revolutionary War military service several men enlisted in the United States Colored Troops during the Civil War During Reconstruction a number of Jones s maternal family members were elected ...

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Christina G. Bucher

journalist, librarian, bibliographer, and fiction writer, was born in Louisville, Kentucky, to Henry Allen and Bessie Lucas Allen, social workers. Her mother, in fact, was the first African American social worker in Louisville. Shockley's aspirations to be a writer began at Madison Junior High School when a teacher encouraged her in her work; she later became editor of the school newspaper.

Shockley left Louisville in 1944 for Nashville, Tennessee, to attend Fisk University, where she wrote for and served as the fiction editor for the Fisk University Herald. When she returned to Louisville for the summer after her freshman year, she wrote a column titled “Teen Talk” for the Louisville Defender. Upon graduating from Fisk in 1948, Shockley moved to Maryland, where she convinced the white editor of the Federalsburg Times to include a column called Ebony Topics in which she ...

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Rita B. Dandridge

A multitalented professional, Ann Allen Shockley has contributed to various fields, yet her contributions as writer remain invisible to much of America.

Born 21 June 1927, in Louisville, Kentucky, Shockley is the only daughter of Henry and Bessie Lucas Allen, both social workers. To her parents and a devoted eighth-grade teacher, she has attributed her insatiable desire to read and write. She edited her junior high school newspaper, wrote short pieces in the Louisville Defender, and penned essays and short fiction for the Fisk Herald while an undergraduate at Fisk University (1944–1948)—all before her twenty-first birthday. These early pieces show Shockley's interest in social and cultural issues.

In 1949 Shockley began a weekly column called “Ebony Topics” for the Federalsburg Times (Md.). From 1950 to 1953 she penned a similar column for the Bridgeville News, in Bridgeville, Delaware, where she resided with her husband, William ...