Independent Historian

Tisa M. Anders is an independent scholar and Founder/CEO of Writing the World, LLC in Denver, Colorado. She received her Ph.D. in Religion and Social Change with history as her foundational discipline at the University of Denver/Iliff School of Theology Joint Doctoral Program. Anders specializes in agricultural history and 19th-century US reform movements. She has authored numerous book reviews and encyclopedia entries on history and international relations along with chapters for anthologies on Mexico-US Migration with a focus on the Betabeleros (Mexican and Mexican-American beet field workers) and their contributions to the sugar industry in western Nebraska.  She contributed significantly to Votaw Colony Museum, Inc.’s Reconnection  public history events (2006-11) which uplifted the former black colonies in Kansas, including Groves Center and  Junius G. Groves (1859-1925). She is completing her relationship memoir on love and politics along with her book-length manuscript on 19th-century US activist/author Lydia Maria Child.

Rosemarie Florence Freeney Harding (1930-2004)

Rosemarie Florence Freeney Harding was a tireless teacher, social worker, civil rights leader, and healer. She was especially known for her deep spirituality and commitment to nonviolence. The youngest of nine siblings, Harding was born in Chicago, Illinois on July 24, 1930 to Dock Freeney, … Read MoreRosemarie Florence Freeney Harding (1930-2004)

Billy Thomas Strayhorn (1915-1967)

Billy Thomas Strayhorn was a black gay composer and arranger who influenced the American jazz movement with his pioneering efforts. While largely unknown in his lifetime, his complex arrangements and classical components continue to inspire generations of jazz musicians. His work has been translated into … Read MoreBilly Thomas Strayhorn (1915-1967)

Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD) (1986- )

Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD), founded in 1986 in New York City, is one of the oldest organizations working toward the welfare of black gay men in the United States. They began offering services for persons with AIDS toward the beginning of the US … Read MoreGay Men of African Descent (GMAD) (1986- )