A Sojourner's Truth Podcast
A Sojourner's Truth is a podcast that celebrates the stories, contributions, leadership, and experiences of women, people of color, and all those who encourage them to live courageous lives and to walk in their freedom. International speaker, consultant, expert mentor, and author, Natasha Sistrunk Robinson invites her guests and listeners to learn, grow in community, and hopefully have a few laughs along the way.
The theme is Season 1 is Our Stories following the the outline of Natasha's new book release, A Sojourner's Truth: Choosing Freedom and Courage in a Divided World. In this 10-episode season, we will discuss the FORMATION of our stories, the HISTORY of our stories, our stories in the WILDERNESS, and our REDEMPTION stories.
In this episode we are discussing the FORMATION of Our Stories with Jo Saxton.
Jo Saxton is an author, speaker, leadership coach, and visionary. Born to Nigerian parents and raised in London, England, Jo brings a multi-cultural and international perspective to leadership. She has served on staff in multiple churches in the United Kingdom and the United States. Today, Jo co-hosts the popular podcast Lead Stories: Tales of Leadership and Life with Steph O’Brien. She is also the founder of the Ezer Collective, an initiative that creates intensives and experiences to invest in women who lead. Jo's most recent book is called, The Dream of You: Let Go of Broken Identities and Live the Life You Were Made For.
Episode 2: Show Notes
This episode features a conversation with Dr. Twaina Harris, Campus Director of the Career Pathways Initiative and Director of Academic Advising at the Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Claflin University about the FORMATION of Our Stories.
Dr. Harris is from Orangeburg, South Carolina, and she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from South Carolina State University. She earned a Master’s degree in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). In 2014, she earned her Doctor of Education degree in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. The primary focus of her dissertation was academic advising at HBCUs. She has been employed at Claflin University for 14 years.
Episode 3: Show Notes
Episodes 4 and 5: Show Notes for HISTORY segment.
Episode 4 features a conversation with Mrs. Latrice Wiliams talking about the HISTORY of Our Stories. Latrice is my aunt, my mom's baby sister, and we are sharing some of our family history in this episode.
Latrice is a marketing and communications professional with more than 25 years of experience in community and media relations, strategic planning and event coordination. Her career experience includes promotions and exposure for various non-profits and associations. She has successfully managed several award-winning projects and public awareness campaigns, coordinated volunteer retention efforts, led creative and production teams and maintained departmental budgets. Latrice’s area of expertise includes digital content and story development, branding and volunteer coordination and retention. She provides web and digital content services and program coordination for the SC Heart Gallery, an agency providing permanent homes for children in foster care.
Episode 5 features a conversation with my godmother, mentor, and acclaimed choir director and Bennett Belle, Joyce Garrett talking about the HISTORY of Our Stories. She shares her personal experience participating in the Civil Rights Movement in college and the continuous fight for racial justice today.
Joyce Garrett, a native of Kinston, North Carolina consistently produced outstanding choral ensembles for over thirty years at Eastern High School, Washington, DC where she served as Founder/Artistic Director of the Excellence Without Excuses program, a youth intervention, values-training and scholarship program she created for the award-winning Eastern High School Choir of Washington, DC during her teaching career there from 1972-1999. Garrett directed the United States Naval Academy Gospel Choir in Annapolis, Maryland from 1990 until 2006. She serves as the Music and Worship Arts Ministry Director of the Alfred Street Baptist Church in Alexandria, VA.
Episodes 6 and 7: Show Notes for REDEMPTION segment.
Episode 6 features my dear friend, spoken word artist and author, Amena Brown. We are discussing Our Stories in the WILDERNESS.
Amena is the author of five spoken word CDs and two non-fiction books: Breaking Old Rhythms and her latest release How to Fix a Broken Record. She has performed and spoken at events across the nation such as Creativity World Forum, IF Gathering, and Chick-fil-A Leadercast, as well as touring with Gungor, Ann Voskamp and the Voices Project Historically Black College and University Tour. She is the host of three podcasts: HER With Amena Brown, the limited edition How to Fix a Broken Record podcast about her book of the same name, and Here for the Donuts. She and her husband, DJ Opdiggy, live in Atlanta.
Pastor Florence Mugisha is the Co-Founder of Africa New Life Ministries with her husband, Dr. Charles Mugisha, and serves as the organization’s Director of Women’s Ministry. Florence is a graduate of Multnomah University in Portland, Oregon. She is a preacher, motivational speaker, and dynamic communicator of the good news of Jesus Christ. Passionate about the gospel and revival, she has been invited to preach at a variety of churches across Uganda, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, and the United States. God has raised her to be a voice for the poor and the orphaned children of Africa. Florence is a mother of five children.
Episode 8: Our REDEMPTION Stories
Dr. Michelle Johnson pastors A People of God Church in Jamestown, NC with her husband, Rev. Tacuma Johnson, and also owns and operates The Point: Center for Education, Inspiration, and Transformation. In 2012, they opened the community’s first charter school to offer free transportation and meals to families seeking choice for their children.
Miss Chase Clark is the 14-year old founder and visionary of Chase’s Chance, INC. “Chase’s Chance” is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization founded in 2013 with a focus on the youth and young adults locally and internationally. To date the organization has raised and donated over $28,000.
Episode 8: Show Notes
Janie L. Mines entered Annapolis—the U.S. Naval Academy— in 1976 as the only African American female in the first class of women. After leaving the military and corporate America, she continued to serve her country as the Senior Advisor, Business Process, in the Office of the Secretary of the Navy. She currently serves on the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services (DACOWITS and is an independent executive management consultant. As a Sloan Fellow she earned an MBA from the Alfred P. Sloan School of Business Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
Her new book “No Coincidences: Reflections of the First Black Female Graduate of the United States Naval Academy” releases this month.