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Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Author
Music Therapist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Pink
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Pursue purpose with a passion.

Birthplace

Born:
2/13/1957
Birth Location:
Jackson, Mississippi

Profession

Category:
ArtMakers
MusicMakers
Occupation(s):
Author
Music Therapist

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Green, Pink
Favorite Food:
Salmon
Favorite Time of Year:
Fall, Winter
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Africa
Favorite Quote:
Pursue purpose with a passion.

Birthplace

Born:
2/13/1957
Birth Location:
Jackson
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Biography

Children’s book author Freddi Williams Evans was born in 1957 and grew up in Madison, Mississippi. As a child, her parents, Reverend R. L. and Carrie Cotten Williams, traveled frequently across the United States. Evans studied piano from an early age and graduated from Tougaloo College with her B.A. degrees in music and psychology. While at Tougaloo, she also was able to travel to West Africa where she studied the traditional music of Ghana. Her love of travel and the arts influenced her desire to write her stories. She continued her education at Hahnemann University in Pennsylvania where she received her Masters degree in creative arts therapy with an emphasis in music.

Evans worked in Philadelphia before marrying and moving to New Orleans, Louisiana where she began working as a music therapist. She was a Fulbright Scholar twice, going to Zimbabwe in 1995 and South Africa in 2000. In addition to working as an arts educator and administrator for the Jefferson Parish Public School System, Evans worked as an independent consultant for various organizations including: Orleans Parish Public Schools, the Amistad Research Center at Tulane University, Louisiana State Department of Education and the Mississippi Arts Commission. In 2003, she authored her first children’s book, Bus of Our Own which received many accolades including the 2004 Mississippi Book Award. Her second and third books followed in 2005 and 2008 with The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer’s Storyand Hush Harbor: Praying in Secret. Her fourth book, Come Sunday: New Orleans’ Congo Square, a history book for general audiences, is due in 2010.

Evans has received several awards for her work in education including the Mazie Malveaux VSA Award in 1998 for her service to Louisiana students with disabilities and the Special Congressional Recognition for Outstanding Contributions to the Arts in 2002.

Freddi Evans was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on June 9, 2010.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Freddi Evans' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Freddi Evans lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Freddi Evans describes her mother's growing up in Madison County, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Freddi Evans talks about her maternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Freddi Evans talks about her great-grandfather's and her grandfather's land ownership
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Freddi Evans talks about her relationship with her maternal grandfather, Edward David Cotton
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Freddi Evans talks about her maternal great-grandfather being a slave and his life after Emancipation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Freddi Evans talks about her father's growing up in Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Freddi Evans talks about her paternal grandparents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Freddi Evans talks about her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Freddi Evans describes the home where she grew up in Madison, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Freddi Evans describes her neighborhood in Madison, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Freddi Evans describes her experience in elementary school in Madison, Mississippi
  • Tape: 1 Story: 14 - Freddi Evans talks about playing the piano as a child
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Freddi Evans describes the sights, sounds and smells of elementary school in Madison, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Freddi Evans talks about her favorite teachers and her interest in math in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Freddi Evans talks about the integration of her school in Madison, Mississippi in the early 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Freddi Evans talks about her extracurricular activities in school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Freddi Evans describes her experience in a newly-integrated high school in Madison, Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Freddi Evans talks about graduating from high school, and being accepted into Tougaloo College as part of early admissions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Freddi Evans talks about the discrimination she experienced in her newly-integrated high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Freddi Evans talks about her family's involvement in civic life
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Freddi Evans talks about her family's involvement with church in Mississippi
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Freddi Evans talks about graduating from high school in 1973
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Freddi Evans talks about her social life in school, attending summer programs, and traveling with her family during the summers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 12 - Freddi Evans talks about traveling with her family in the segregated South, and her parents' jobs
  • Tape: 2 Story: 13 - Freddi Evans talks about attending Tougaloo College, where she majored in music and psychology
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Freddi Evans talks about the music department at Tougaloo College and her trip to Ghana while she was there
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Freddi Evans talks about the similarities between the religious practices of African Americans in the South and in Africa
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Freddi Evans talks about her senior year at Tougaloo College
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Freddi Evans describes her experience in graduate school at Hahnemann University and the field of music therapy
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Freddi Evans talks about her marriage and her children
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Freddi Evans talks about her work at the Juvenile Court Services in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Freddi Evans describes her role as an artist administrator
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Freddi Evans talks about her Fulbright Scholarships and her trips to Africa and Japan
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Freddi Evans talks about her inspiration for her first book
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Freddi Evans describes her uncles' school bus business in Madison, Mississippi, pt. 1
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Freddi Evans describes her uncles' school bus business in Madison, Mississippi, pt. 2
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Freddi Evans talks about her children as her inspiration to publish her first children's book
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Freddi Evans talks about her first book getting published
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Freddi Evans talks about her second book, entitled, 'The Battle of New Orleans: The Drummer's Story'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Freddi Evans describes her experience during Hurricane Katrina in 2005
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Freddi Evans describes her experience in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Freddi Evans talks about her third book, entitled, 'Hush Harbor: Praying in Secret'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Freddi Evans describes the story of her book entitled, 'Hush Harbor: Praying in Secret'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Freddi Evans discusses the history of Congo Square in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Freddi Evans discusses her civic activities and the awards that she has received for her books
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Freddi Evans talks about her decision to major in classical music and her research role model from the University of Ghana at Accra
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Freddi Evans shares her message to future generations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Freddi Evans reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Freddi Evans reflects upon the history of her family in Mississippi