Barbara-Shae Jackson is an accomplished writer and poet who was born in Montgomery, AL and spent her formative years, as a military child, in Naples, Italy. She received her B.A. in English and African-American studies from Mary Baldwin College. Post undergrad, she spent three years as the Associate Director for Coming to the Table, a program of the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University (EMU) where she was a resident writer and researcher focussing on the effects of generational trauma associated with the legacies of U.S. slavery. While working at EMU she studied under Howard Zehr, the grandfather of Restorative Justice and interviewed Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee, who was instrumental in bringing an end to the second Liberian Civil war. Barbara-Shae is a published writer whose work has been featured in MOTIVATED Magazine (Fear and the Deconstruction of Racial Stereotypes). and ESSENCE Magazine’s Bestseller Soul’s of My Young Sisters a compilation (Motherless Child). She was a guest poet invited to perform during the Mississippi Freedom 50th return of the Freedom Riders National Celebration and was apart of the 200 piece choir performing alongside poet Nikki Giovanni in her revised Truth Is on It’s Way tour. Prior to her acceptance to the University of Alabama, Barbara-Shae taught English in Angola, Africa as apart of their infrastructure rebuild post-civil war. Currently she is a Psychology Ph.D student working with Dr. Sheila Black studying Race, Collective Memory and Their Influence on Visual Art Interpretation.