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Dr. Nevergold has received numerous awards including: the Williams Wells

Brown Award . . . the UB Star Award 2001 for outstanding work

on the Pan-American Exposition centennial celebration

 

 

Uncrowned Queens:  African American Women 

Community Builders of Western New York, Volume I 

Written and Edited by
Peggy Brooks-Bertram, Dr. P.H., Ph.D.
Barbara Seals Nevergold, Ph.D.
 

Barbara Ann Seals Nevergold

Co-Founder of Uncrowned Queens

 

A native of Louisiana, Ms. Nevergold moved to the East side of Buffalo, New York in 1947 with her parents, Clara Ellis Seals and the late Rev. Willie B. Seals, seven brothers and sister.  She is a graduate of the Buffalo Public Schools, Buffalo State College, and the University at Buffalo.  She earned a Doctor of Philosophy degree at UB in Counseling Education.  She also studied at Laval University in Quebec, Canada and at the University of Dijon in Dijon, France.

Dr. Nevergold is an educator, administrator, community and political activist.  She has served in leadership roles on numerous local and national boards.  She serves on the boards of Heritage Centers, Buffalo Psychiatric Center, the Buffalo Rotary Club and the Afro American Historical Association of the Niagara Frontier, Inc.  Previous board memberships have included the Buffalo General Hospital, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc., Kaleida Health Trustee Steering Committee, Gethsemane Manor, St. John Christian Academy, Columbus Hospital, the YWCA of Buffalo and Erie County, the Western New York Council for African Relief, and the Buffalo Alliance for Education.

Dr. Nevergold has been a vocal advocate for parental involvement in the public schools.  She co-founded, with Dr. Bertram, Concerned Parents and Citizens for Quality Education, Inc. CPCQE was credited with increasing public awareness of educational issues and organizing parents as effective advocates.  In addition, she served on a number of committees and task forces established by the Buffalo Board of Education.

Dr. Nevergold began her career as a French teacher in the Buffalo School System.  She also worked as a guidance counselor in the system.  Subsequent positions have included:  Executive Director of Niagara Frontier Association for Sickle Cell Disease, Inc.; Vice President for Children’s Services at Friendship House of Western New York, Inc.; CEO of Planned Parenthood of Buffalo and Erie County, Inc.; and Regional Director for Berkshire Farm Center.  Currently, Dr. Nevergold is the Director of Student Support Services at the University of Buffalo’s Educational Opportunity Center.  She also is an instructor at Empire State College.

She is the author of:  Fantastic Color & Special Effects:  The Seals Ebony Studio in Western New York Heritage Magazine (Spring, 2002); To Be an Instrument for Their Voices: Finding, Writing and Sharing Family Histories in Afro-Americans in New York Life and History, (July 2001); and Transracial Adoption:  In the Child’s Best Interest? in African America Women’s Health and Social Issues, Catherine F. Collins (editor).  Drs. Nevergold and Bertram have co-authored Uncrowned Queens:  African American Community Builders of Western New York, Vol. 1 (2002).

Dr. Nevergold has received numerous awards including: the Williams Wells Brown Award in recognition of her efforts to preserve local African American history; the UB Star Award 2001 for outstanding work on the Pan-American Exposition centennial celebration; the Excellence in Education Award from Xi Epsilon Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; and the Community Service Award from the Mary B. Talbert Civic and Cultural Club.

Dr. Nevergold is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Xi Epsilon Omega Chapter, Inc. and the Erie County Chapter of the Links, Inc.  She also serves on the Christian Education Ministry and is active in other activities at her church, St. John Baptist Church.  Dr. Nevergold is married to Paul R. and they have two adult children, Alanna Elizabeth Nevergold-Marrow and Kyle Robert.

posted 26 December 2007

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Uncrowned Queens Institute series

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 1  African American Women Community Builders of Western New York
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Uncrowned Queens, Volume 2  African American Women Community Builders of Western New York
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Barbara A. Seals Nevergold - Author and editor
Peggy Brooks-Bertram - Author and editor

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 3  African American Women Community Builders of Western New York
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Peggy Brooks-Bertram - Author and editor
Barbara A. Seals Nevergold - Author and editor

Uncrowned Queens, Volume 4  Afrrican American Women Community Builders of Oklahoma
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Barbara A. Seals Nevergold - Author and editor
Peggy Brooks-Bertram - Author and editor

Wonderful Ethiopians of the Ancient Cushite Empire  Origin of the Civilization from the Cushites
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Drusilla Dunjee Houston - Author
Peggy Brooks-Bertram – Editor

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1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created

By Charles C. Mann

I’m a big fan of Charles Mann’s previous book 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, in which he provides a sweeping and provocative examination of North and South America prior to the arrival of Christopher Columbus. It’s exhaustively researched but so wonderfully written that it’s anything but exhausting to read. With his follow-up, 1493, Mann has taken it to a new, truly global level. Building on the groundbreaking work of Alfred Crosby (author of The Columbian Exchange and, I’m proud to say, a fellow Nantucketer), Mann has written nothing less than the story of our world: how a planet of what were once several autonomous continents is quickly becoming a single, “globalized” entity.

Mann not only talked to countless scientists and researchers; he visited the places he writes about, and as a consequence, the book has a marvelously wide-ranging yet personal feel as we follow Mann from one far-flung corner of the world to the next. And always, the prose is masterful. In telling the improbable story of how Spanish and Chinese cultures collided in the Philippines in the sixteenth century, he takes us to the island of Mindoro whose “southern coast consists of a number of small bays, one next to another like tooth marks in an apple.”

We learn how the spread of malaria, the potato, tobacco, guano, rubber plants, and sugar cane have disrupted and convulsed the planet and will continue to do so until we are finally living on one integrated or at least close-to-integrated Earth. Whether or not the human instigators of all this remarkable change will survive the process they helped to initiate more than five hundred years ago remains, Mann suggests in this monumental and revelatory book, an open question.

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The Warmth of Other Suns

The Epic Story of America's Great Migration

By Isabel Wilkerson

Ida Mae Brandon Gladney, a sharecropper's wife, left Mississippi for Milwaukee in 1937, after her cousin was falsely accused of stealing a white man's turkeys and was almost beaten to death. In 1945, George Swanson Starling, a citrus picker, fled Florida for Harlem after learning of the grove owners' plans to give him a "necktie party" (a lynching). Robert Joseph Pershing Foster made his trek from Louisiana to California in 1953, embittered by "the absurdity that he was doing surgery for the United States Army and couldn't operate in his own home town." Anchored to these three stories is Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Wilkerson's magnificent, extensively researched study of the "great migration," the exodus of six million black Southerners out of the terror of Jim Crow to an "uncertain existence" in the North and Midwest.

Wilkerson deftly incorporates sociological and historical studies into the novelistic narratives of Gladney, Starling, and Pershing settling in new lands, building anew, and often finding that they have not left racism behind. The drama, poignancy, and romance of a classic immigrant saga pervade this book, hold the reader in its grasp, and resonate long after the reading is done.

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Salvage the Bones

A Novel by Jesmyn Ward

On one level, Salvage the Bones is a simple story about a poor black family that’s about to be trashed by one of the most deadly hurricanes in U.S. history. What makes the novel so powerful, though, is the way Ward winds private passions with that menace gathering force out in the Gulf of Mexico. Without a hint of pretension, in the simple lives of these poor people living among chickens and abandoned cars, she evokes the tenacious love and desperation of classical tragedy. The force that pushes back against Katrina’s inexorable winds is the voice of Ward’s narrator, a 14-year-old girl named Esch, the only daughter among four siblings. Precocious, passionate and sensitive, she speaks almost entirely in phrases soaked in her family’s raw land. Everything here is gritty, loamy and alive, as though the very soil were animated. Her brother’s “blood smells like wet hot earth after summer rain. . . . His scalp looks like fresh turned dirt.” Her father’s hands “are like gravel,” while her own hand “slides through his grip like a wet fish,” and a handsome boy’s “muscles jabbered like chickens.” Admittedly, Ward can push so hard on this simile-obsessed style that her paragraphs risk sounding like a compost heap, but this isn’t usually just metaphor for metaphor’s sake.

She conveys something fundamental about Esch’s fluid state of mind: her figurative sense of the world in which all things correspond and connect. She and her brothers live in a ramshackle house steeped in grief since their mother died giving birth to her last child. . . . What remains, what’s salvaged, is something indomitable in these tough siblings, the strength of their love, the permanence of their devotion.WashingtonPost

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Sister Citizen: Shame, Stereotypes, and Black Women in America

By Melissa V. Harris-Perry

According to the author, this society has historically exerted considerable pressure on black females to fit into one of a handful of stereotypes, primarily, the Mammy, the Matriarch or the Jezebel.  The selfless Mammy’s behavior is marked by a slavish devotion to white folks’ domestic concerns, often at the expense of those of her own family’s needs. By contrast, the relatively-hedonistic Jezebel is a sexually-insatiable temptress. And the Matriarch is generally thought of as an emasculating figure who denigrates black men, ala the characters Sapphire and Aunt Esther on the television shows Amos and Andy and Sanford and Son, respectively.     

Professor Perry points out how the propagation of these harmful myths have served the mainstream culture well. For instance, the Mammy suggests that it is almost second nature for black females to feel a maternal instinct towards Caucasian babies.

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The White Masters of the World

From The World and Africa, 1965

By W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois’ Arraignment and Indictment of White Civilization (Fletcher)

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