tonya thames taylor Mississippi native and a public servant, dr. tonya thames taylor (lower case is intentional) is an Associate Professor of American History for the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (West Chester University campus), Frederick Douglass Scholar, former Pennsylvania Humanities Live and Learn Scholar, and a Southern Region Education Board Scholar. In the community, some of her activities includes happily and gratefully serving as a School Board Director for the Coatesville Area School District, Past Worthy Matron of Eureka #12 of Deborah Grand Chapter Order of Eastern Star, Prince Hall Adopted, PA, an active member of the Junior League of Philadelphia, and a committed life member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), and past executive board member of the NAACP Pennsylvania State Conference. As a Quaker, dr. thames taylor is committed to justice and it manifests in her campaigns and public lectures: anti-hunger, antiHuman Trafficking and interrogating the expansion and injustices in the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC). Above all, Dr. thames taylor appreciates the life lessons she received from her grandmother’s porch. It was there that she learned about community, service, religion, politics, negotiation, and culture.