Cheryl firmly believes that students need to understand and appreciate the legacy of Africans during the Antebellum, The Civil War and Reconstruction periods. Cheryl visits schools and teaches students about her great-great-great grandparents struggle from slavery to freedom and reminds people that her story is also ‘their story’. In this 2011 photo, she plucks middle school students from the audience to portray the lives of Sandy and his five brothers-in-bondage who fought in the Civil War.
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”