Join Rev. DeBorah Ogiste and Vernetta Eleazer as the welcome the Kilby Cousins - Dr. Betty Kilby Fisher Baldwin and Phoebe Kilby.
The Kilby Cousins are the Authors of the book Cousins; Connected through Slavery, a Black woman & a White woman discover their past - and each other.
Dr. Betty Kilby Fisher Baldwin grew up in rural Culpeper and Warren counties, Virginia. She was a pioneer in school desegregation. Thanks to her father’s determination, she entered and graduated from Warren County High School after suing the school board, based on the landmark Supreme Court Brown vs. Board of Education decision of 1954. Betty holds a BA in Business Management from Shenandoah University, an MBA from Nova University, and an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from Shenandoah University. After she retired, she wrote and published her autobiography, Wit, Will & Walls.
Phoebe Kilby grew up in Baltimore, MD. After obtaining a BS in Botany and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Management from Duke University, she had a long career as an urban and environmental planner. With concerns about the morality and wisdom of war, Phoebe went back to school in 2003 to obtain a degree in Conflict Transformation from the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding, Eastern Mennonite University. A descendant of enslavers, Phoebe was inspired by the Coming to the Table movement to connect with descendants of persons her family enslaved.
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