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Upon Her Shoulders: Native Women and the South

May 21, 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


*All events are FREE, but we do ask that you please register so that we can monitor attendance and venue capacity.*

With a focus on southeast Native women, Beasley and Jacobs share stories from an anthology they edited on justice, spirit, and community. With DRS. CHERRY BEASLEY and MARY ANN JACOBS. Hosted by ROBIN MIURA.

CHERRY BEASLEY, PhD, RN, FAAN is an experienced nurse stiving to impact the health of populations from rural settings, underserved area and indigenous communities. As an educator, her longest tenure at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Dr. Beasley, a native of Pembroke and an active member of the Lumbee Tribe, was the first nursing faculty member hired at UNCP and has been instrumental in the development and growth of nursing and health profession programs at UNCP, where she is the chief officer for the McKenzie-Elliott School of Nursing and the interim Dean of the College of Health Sciences. Dr. Beasley is a recipient of the coveted UNC Board of Governor’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Dr. Beasley finds synergy in her research and service interests by focusing on health care decision making and health care behaviors of rural and/or minority populations. Dr. Beasley works extensively with populations in participatory community outreach and research to address health disparities and to improve the quality of health care in rural communities. She is using participatory methodologies to address poor health outcomes experienced by populations with excessive death and disabilities. Most recently her work has focused on the drives of health including poverty, empowerment, food sovereignty, and environmental justice, and disparities of health data. Her strongly committed to others understanding the value, culture and healthcare needs of rural, minority or underserved populations, led her being selected as the inaugural appointment as Anna Belk Endowed Professor for Rural and Minority Health. Dr. Beasley is the proud mother of a son, Zeb and his wife Katie, and a daughter, Mary-Joyce and her husband Brian. She is very excited to be the grandmother of five.

DR. MARY ANN JACOBS is an associate professor and chair of American Indian Studies at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She teaches courses with a focus on American Indian Studies, American Indian identity, education, and cultural competency. She was previously the director of American Indian Studies at California State University, Long Beach (1990–1996) and an assistant professor of social work at San Diego State University (2005–2007). Dr. Jacobs is the co-editor of one book and the author of several peer-reviewed articles, book sections, and reports dealing with American Indian women, STEM education for American Indian (AI) students, historical trauma, foster care, racial identity, Chicago’s AI community, AI lesbians and gays, child welfare policies for Indigenous children, and decolonizing methods. Dr. Jacobs, her husband, and children are enrolled members of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. Dr. Jacobs and her husband attend Mt. Airy Baptist Church in Pembroke.

ROBIN MIURA is Senior Editor and Associate Publisher at Blair and has worked in publishing for more than 20 years. She has worked with all types of books, but her passion is literary fiction and creative nonfiction. She is also a founding editor of the online magazine South Writ Large.


May 21, 2022
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Greensboro History Museum
130 Summit Avenue
GREENSBORO, NC 27401 United States


Greensboro Bound