Originally from Birmingham, Alabama, Kenja McCray has a B.A. from Spelman College and an M.A. in history from Clark Atlanta University. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in history at Georgia State University. Her areas of interest are the 19th and 20th century United States, African Americans, Africa and the diaspora, transnational histories, women, class and social history. McCray is also an associate professor of history at Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC). She teaches U.S. and African American history in face-to-face and online formats. She helps AMSC students gain a holistic college experience as an adviser of the Social Sciences Association. She serves as a member of several campus and state university system committees including the Regents’ Academic Advisory Committee on History. Professor McCray has also led tour groups, activities, and classes at Alabama’s Constitution Village and at the Atlanta History Center. She has a passion for educating people about history, which has followed her from her days as a museum docent to the classrooms at Atlanta Metro.
Oyotunji Village (The Village) was the first known black nationalist settlement developed by African American worshippers of the orishas (African deities). While the Village’s founders modeled Oyotunji on West African cultures, they also sought to build a self-defined, independent community in the United States within … Read MoreOyotunji Village [The Village] (1970- )