The Pulse of Entertainment: It's Black History Month Everyday for Lecturer
Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs, Presenting Black History in an Entertaining Way
5, 2021) - "The best way to get people to learn is to entertain," said Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs when
I mentioned how entertaining her lectures are. She is an author, historian and lecturer who is a former model/actress that
now manages her son Anthony Michael Hobbs, an award winning actor and filmmaker. Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs has successfully
tapped into those entertainment experiences when she speaks in her lectures and presentations on the history and culture of
African Americans in America in the 18th Century. "I am talking to people saying, ‘question everything,' I am talking
to my son saying, ‘know your history,' and I am talking to David saying, ‘I got the message'."
Walker was an abolitionist, anti-slavery activist and an author that Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs came across during her research
into enslaved Africans in America. He was the son of a slave and a free person, thereby born free in 1796. He wrote a book,
a call for black unity and a fight against slavery for generations to come. So when I attended three of the many lectures
and presentations of Dr. Moseley-Hobbs in 2020, aside from them being all different, all interesting because of her research
documentation and the fact that her delivery was very entertaining, she always ended each with encouraging words.
In one lecture on Civil War research she ended it saying "...as Thomas (her enslaved ancestor who fought for his freedom
in the Civil War) said, ‘I am a free man, I do what I want'." In another lecture and presentation of African Artifacts
she documented how the enslaved Africans that were forced to come to America were not illiterate, unintelligent and untrained,
but were highly literate farmers, wielders, fabric makers, etc...who taught American Colonist how to do these trades. She
ended that lecture by saying, "...you are more than the ancestors of an enslaved people." Such serious dialog was
made light by how she gave it, like a skilled comedian.
"Some are second-hand stories. Some are first hand
experiences. A lot of them (former enslaved) tell their stories...instead of academia. Fredrick Douglas ran from slavery and
Rev. J. Wesley Loguen (who became a Bishop of the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church) is a pastor who ran an underground
railroad in 1859. We are not told these literatures exist," she pointed out about black history taught in America.
She noted that she also prays on what she should say for each engagement. She said, "God and Scripture are not
separate from science. Science teaches you how Heaven is...Scriptures teach you how to go to Heaven."
lectures began when she published a creative nonfiction book on the research and documentation she collected on her own ancestors
the Fractions titled "More Than a Fraction: Based on a true story." The research led her to a plantation in Blacksburg,
Virginia called Smithfield that is now the campus of Virginia Tech University. It seems the site, where her ancestors were
brought from Africa, had overseers that were looking for descendants of the Fractions who were enslaved on the estate - now
a museum. The search was part of their attempt at reconciliation with those whose ancestors were enslaved there. By their
request Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs became a Trustee of the Board of the Smithfield-Preston Foundation and an Advisor to the Virginia
Tech Committee that oversees the property. Virginia Tech and Historic Smithfield have invited Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs to lecture
about her scientific research into the Fractions many times since the release of her book and it was to standing room only
Dr. Moseley-Hobbs said. "I like to connect what you do now with your culture to what they did then
to get people excited about sharing that information."
As far as being a great entertaining lecturer she concluded
by saying, "I'm told that I come off honest and authentic. For some people it could be hurtful, but some people find
it entertaining. I don't talk at you, I'm talking to you. I am reacting to them. In my lectures I also like to leave time
Upcoming engagements of Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs in 2021 are for Historic Smithfield, the Bay
to Ocean Conference and the Uplifting Minds II Conference. www.MoreThanaFraction.com
SYNDICATED COLUMN: Eunice Moseley, MS,
MBA, MPhil has an estimated weekly readership of over ¼ million with The Pulse of Entertainment. She
is also a Public Relations Strategist and Business Management Consultant at Freelance Associates, and is Promotions Director
(at-large) for The Baltimore Times. www.ThePulseofEntertainment.com. EVENTS: "Uplifting Minds II" Entertainment Conference (ULMII), founded by Eunice in
1999, is into its 21st year. Next events are coming Baltimore Saturday April 17, 2021 at Security
Square Mall via Zoom and Los Angeles Saturday November 6, 2021 at via Zoom. The ULMII event is
a free entertainment conference offering an Business Management Panel Q&A Session, a Talent Showcase and Talent Competition
(vocal, songwriting, dance and acting) where aspiring artists have a chance to receive over $15,000 valued in prizes/product/services.
Log onto www.UpliftingMinds2.com for more information or to RSVP.