by Storyteller Onawumi Jean Moss
While getting a passport to prepare for a trip abroad, Onawumi Jean discovered that her name is not on her birth certificate. Her aunt is able to clear up the mystery by disclosing a concession Onawumi’s mother made to get along and keep her job in the Jim Crow South. As an adult, Onawumi arranges a naming ceremony where she is able to honor her past and celebrate her creative present and future.
- Why are names important? What do they say about our identity and the people who name us?
- How did Onawumi Jean’s mother’s concession help her “get along” in the Jim Crow South?
- If you were going to choose another name for yourself, what would it be and why?
- American Nightmare: The History of Jim Crow by Jerrold M. Packard
- The Name Book: Over 10,000 Names – Their Meanings Origins and Spiritual Significance by Dorothy Astoria
- African American/Black History
- Crossing Cultures
- Education and Life Lessons
- Family and Childhood
- Stereotypes and Discrimination
- Taking A Stand and Peacemaking