Media Publications by Bettye Kearse

Books Have Literally Saved My Sanity

Authors, publishing professionals and lifelong book-lovers across the world share their own experiences of reading during the pandemic.

The New York Times

May 4, 2020

I Feared My Enslaved Ancestors Had Been Dishonored in Death

But the African Burial Ground in New York City Tells a Different Story

TIME Magazine

March 24, 2020

ImageMakers & Influencers Magazine

May 18, 2020

ImageMakers & Influencers Magazine

May 2020

The Black Descendants of President Madison

Bettye Kearse on the Complicated Lineage of Her Ancestors

Literary Hub

March 25, 2020

I Am a Descendant of James Madison and His Slave

My whole life, my mother told me, ‘Always remember — you’re a Madison. You come from African slaves and a president.’


March 17, 2020

November 9, 2020

October 1, 2020

Caleb and Linda Pirtle

September 26, 2020