Valerie Bradley-Holliday’s Ph.D. is in social psychology from the Union Institute and University, her master’s degree is from Wayne State University, and her undergraduate double-majors are from Northern Michigan University. As an independent researcher, she has authored “African American Homesteaders of Elmwood,” presented at Northern Michigan’s Sondregger Symposium and Marquette, Michigan’s Peter White Public Library. She has authored, two books, Places to Be Blessed (about her life) and Northern Roots: African Descended Pioneers in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A resident of Marquette, Michigan, Valerie developed an affinity for researching the African Americans in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is completing a book-length manuscript about Elmwood, the only African American logging camp in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.
Juanita Long Hall, a 20th Century actor and singer, was born in Keyport, New Jersey on Nov. 6, 1901 to an African-American father, Abram Long, and an Irish American mother, Mary Richardson. Raised by maternal grandparents, Long attended New York City, New York’s Juilliard School … Read MoreJuanita Hall (1901-1968)