tonya thames taylor is the founding director of the African American Studies Program at West Chester University, where she is also an Associate Professor of History.
A scholar of abolitionist Frederick Douglass and black women’s blues music, adherent to the messages of pacifist Howard Thurman and mystic Rufus Jones, and student of the black southern women who visited her maternal grandmother’s porch in Gulfport, Mississippi, dr. thames taylor’s message of “be ye ever ready” empowers all to speak forthrightly and become comfortable with heresy.
tonya is an active member of Fallowfield Monthly Meeting, the Recording Clerk of the Western Quarterly Meeting, and she serves on PYM’s Implementation Committee. She regularly gives tours at People’s Hall, a stop on the Underground Railroad, and she presents workshops in her quarter. Last summer, she presented a workshop about imagery and race at Annual Sessions. This year, her keynote, “I go to prepare a place for you: An Epistle in The Manual of Resistance for the Poor, Disenfranchised, and Disinherited” connects Quakerism, the idea of a Beloved Community, and activism. To learn more about how her mind works, visit her twitter @tonyathames.