Heiress Productions, Inc. began in 2013 with an all-day event by Dr.A DAY IN THE LIFE OF A SLAVE". From there, they produced an educational, empowering, and inspiring, all-day event produced by Dr. Jacqueline Lawrence, Alicia Bonner, and Akilah Bonner that included performances by Legacy Showcases, a clothing project to benefit girls in Africa, a delicious, but very unhealthy slave lunch, and a talk about modern day slavery by Jill Ravitch, Sonoma County District Attorney.
Since then, Heiress Productions, Inc. has presented numerous black history productions, racial discussions, educational black history exhibits, performances, and more. Excited about each of our programs, we are most passionate about our upcoming project, The Heiress Vocational and Empowerment Center in Uganda, Africa, where women will produce a variety of empowering activities and events and teach other women a variety of vocational skills; beading, cooking, sewing, hair grooming, and more...and much more...with your help.
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We should always remember how Africans survived being chained to other human bodies for several months in the bottom of a disease-infested ship during the Middle Passage, lost their language, customs and traditions, picked up the English language as best they could while working free of charge from sunup to sundown as they watched babies sold from out of their arms and women raped by ruthless slave owners. We should never forget that they t
ook names with no last names, no birth certificates, no heritage of any kind, braved the Underground Railroad, survived the Civil War to enter into sharecropping. Always remember the facts that they learned to read and write out of sheer will and determination, faced the burning crosses of the KKK, everted their eyes at the black bodies swinging from ropes hung on trees, fought in World Wars as soldiers to return to America as boys, marched in Birmingham, hosed in Selma, jailed in Wilmington, assassinated in Memphis, segregated in the South, ghettoed in the North, ignored in history books, stereotyped in Hollywood.
n spite of all the brutality, hatred, separations, degradation, murder, rejection, oppression, discrimination, obstacles, and loss, someone in our family line endured every era to make sure we would get to where we are today. Therefore, we must never forget or let down our ancestors by giving up.
It is the opinion of Heiress Productions, Inc. that blacks and whites must first heal separately, as individuals, and as separate black and white communities. Once individual communities are strengthened, then as one people- blacks and whites- we must unify in order to truly move forward in unity, power, and might. Let's do the hard work needed to move forward so we can be healed from the negative mindsets of master and slave.
Dr. Jacqueline Lawrence, Founder and President of Heiress Productions, Inc. joined The African Roots Healing Project to visit Ghana, Africa during THE YEAR OF RETURN (2019) to participate in a healing project about our healing discoveries after our 400th year of return to Africa after being away as slaves. We spoke at a church summit and at many schools in rural villages. We also visited a slave castle and museum, as well as participated in a re-naming ceremony. As a result of this visit, I have gotten closer to the root of the heart of Africans to more fully understand who we are and what our unique needs are as African people.