Dr. Pauline Drake

Dr. Pauline Drake, founder of the Pauline Drake Scholars, which opens the gates of Spelman to adult women affectionately known as PEDS. The project, Dr. Drake explains in an article published in The Spelman Messenger, “harkens back to the beginning of Spelman” because, “in that first year, there were really ten women and one girl. “ Since 2010, four PEDS have enrolled in SIS Oral History. They conducted interviews with women elders in the American South and women elders in Nassau, Bahamas and they participated in intergenerational celebrations held on campus. None of them earned below a B+.


Shaleisa Brewer, who enrolled in SIS as a history major during her sophomore year at Spelman. She was one of the most enthusiastic students in SIS since its founding in 2002. It was evident in her research and in her bonding with elders at SIS programs that that Shaleisa loves elders. After graduation from Spelman in C’2012, Shaleisa remained connected to the project as a volunteer, a cheer leader, and an age-conscious activist. We were, therefore, not surprised when she founded These Halls Can Talk at Booker T. Washington High in Atlanta, Georgia, the first project in the State of Georgia that teaches high school girls the fundamentals of oral history research. We are not surprised that the project is receive press as it tells the good news about oral history research and about Shaleisa’s love for elders.

Ko Bragg

Ko Bragg is a Mississippi-based journalist who writes for the Jackson Free Press that covers politics, education, and culture in Jackson, Mississippi and for Scalawag, a nationally celebrated magazine that features southern politics, news, and culture. She holds two Master’s Degrees in journalism and a Bachelor’s Degree in history from Spelman College. As a Young Scholar in SIS, Ko wrote “Having an Elder as Friend” in the fall of 2014 and “Vicky’s Time” in the spring of 2015.

Furery Reid

Mrs. Furery Reid, who never says “no” to faculty, staff, or students who need assistance. She arrives before you call and, speaking in a fast cadence (because she is on way to several “jobs,”), she says, “What do you need?” Before you can answer, she has discovered the problem and fixed it, or she has captured the event as a photo or a video and is en route to her next call. Young Scholars in the SIS Oral History Project love Furery.