“This offering, captures, connects, and convinces as it artfully frames promise and pain, happiness and hollowness, test and testimony. She moves us, unapologetically, through decades of our now to our next!”
— Patricia Russell-McCloud, Esq., International Motivational Speaker
Magic and Mortal is an introduction to the poetic voice of historian and storyteller Crystal A. deGregory. Celebrating the nuanced facets of her Black girlhood, womanhood, and Caribbeanness, she expertly guides readers on a journey through the making of historically-Black institutions and their contributions toward cultural identity; personal triumph; collective joy; death; grief; and everything in between. Blackness is both a magical resistance and a mortal persistence, and deGregory leaves it all on the pages.
Crystal A. deGregory is a Bahamian diasporan, historian, and storyteller. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the historic Fisk University, deGregory earned her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in history from Vanderbilt University and a Master of Education from Tennessee State University. Among her myriad professional and civic affiliations is The Tennessee Historical Society’s trusteeship and membership with Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Known for her collaborative advocacy and entrepreneurial leadership, she serves as the founder and editor of two digital storytelling projects: HBCUstory and Dorian and Beyond—the story of Hurricane Dorian in The Bahamas. In her first poetic collection, deGregory weaves a love story for Black history, culture, education, and the places and people who shaped her.