In honor of International Women’s Month, the McCree-Goudeau Gallery is presenting a free series of talks with authors, writers, and activists throughout the month.
On Sunday, March 23, 3 p.m.-5 p.m., author Anita Wills will discuss her book “Notes and Documents of Free Persons of Color: Four Hundred Years of an American Family’s History.”
Thebook chronicles an African American family in colonial Virginia who were recognized as Free Persons of Color. It is the true story of Virginia’s own Creole population and includes evidence of Wills research of the family with historical documents, deeds, military rosters, and more.
Wills is also host of the talk show Anita Talks Genealogy on Blog Talk Radio.
Speaker and radio and TV show host Evelyn “The Heart Lady” Polk will discuss her book “It’s Heart Work: Being the Village that Raises a Child” on Sunday, March 30, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. She will be accompanied by the art of Monica Clark, Cheryl Mitchell, and Mihr’Un’Nisa.
In the memoir, the author shares the joys and pains of counseling, mentoring, parenting, and caring for youth impacted by the circumstances of separation from their biological parents. One of the most valued experiences Polk brings to her work is her commitment as a single foster and adoptive parent.
Polk is a licensed marriage, family and child therapist. She is also founder and director of For A Child’s H.E.A.R.T., a nonprofit in Vallejo that provides counseling and support services for foster and adoptive youth and their caregivers.
The McCree-Goudeau Gallery is located at 930 Marin Street in Vallejo. For more information, call (707) 246-4991.