For The Mom Full Of Wisdom
In a series of twelve exquisitely written essays, Emily Bernard examines the realities of growing up black in the South with a family name inherited from a white man.
3 Questions with Emily Bernard
We are very excited to present this week’s “3 Questions” with the writer Emily Bernard. Professor Bernard was born and grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, and is now a Vermont resident. She received her PhD in American studies from Yale University. She has been the recipient of grants from the Ford Foundation, the NEH, and a W. E. B. Du Bois Resident Fellowship at Harvard University. Her essays have been published in numerous journals and anthologies; currently she is the Julian Lindsay Green and Gold Professor of English at the University of Vermont, where she has been a faculty member since 2001.
Writer reflects on being black in a white state
When University of Vermont professor Emily Bernard talks about being black in the second whitest state in the nation, she often surprises people by starting with the positives.
“I bragged when Bernie Sanders, then a member of the House, called a meeting for people of color at a church in downtown Burlington purely to find out how we were faring,” the 51-year-old Nashville native recalls. “I called my parents to gloat when Vermont came in first on the nights of both elections that made Barack Obama president.”