Authors

Patricia Bearden

Patricia Bearden is the president of the International Society of Sons and Daughters of Slave Ancestry. She has brought over twenty years of teaching experience to her work as a teacher consultant for the Center for City Schools.

The authors of History Comes Home are all associated with the Center for City Schools, National-Louis University, in Chicago, where they conduct programs for reforming urban education.

Steven Zemelman serves as Center Director, and Pete Leki is coordinator of the Center's Parent Project.

As for their own family histories, Steve is the product of a mother who always wanted to be a teacher but never had the opportunity and a father who was a courageous, workaholic toy manufacturer.

Pete recounts how his parents met and married as refugees in the havoc of Europe after World War II. Pat and Yolanda, who are sisters, celebrate their discoveries of ancestors such as great-great grandmother Fredonia Smith-Parrish, who lived to experience freedom from slavery, and her daughter Queen Bessie Parrish, the first teacher in the family, who taught in Aberdeen, Mississippi's freedom schools in the 1890s.