A Conversation with Justice Leah Ward Sears on Margaret Walker’s “For My People”
The Poetry Magazine Podcast
Justice Leah Wards Sears talks about how Margaret Walker’s poem “For My People” has been a resource for her throughout her life. Justice Sears’s essay, “Love for My People,” appears in the June 2020 issue of Poetry.
Swiss Miss: A Story of Surviving Abroad with EDpat Leah Ward
(A)broad in Education
SHOW NOTES: This week on the podcast is Leah Ward, the community coordinator at the University of Dayton, Ohio. This is the second episode within the series the EDpat Literature Review and today, you’ll hear a conversation between Leah and I about her chapter titled Swiss Miss: A Story of Surviving Abroad. Leah’s chapter is one of eleven chapters in the book The Table: Stories from Black Women in Student Affairs, which is a collection of Black women discussing their experiences within various roles at universities. I am so excited about this interview with Leah because the entire time I spoke with her I kept thinking about the quote that James Baldwin said to Nina Simone “This is the world you have made for yourself, now you have to live in it.” As Leah took me through her experience as a Black woman in Switzerland, I realized that the universe had brought Leah and I together because at that same time, I was reading Nina Simone’s autobiography and learned that after she left Liberia, she moved to Switzerland so that her daughter could continue her education. In contrast to Nina Simone’s story, Leah applied for a position as a student life coordinator during her time at Virginia Tech. The position required that she assist a group of study abroad students in Switzerland. With the intention to assist the students, in actuality, she found herself within cultural and racial tensions which involved being an African American woman in a small Swiss village. Without any further delay, enjoy my conversation with Leah Ward. RESOURCES FROM EPISODE:https://www.thetablebooks.com/buy https://udayton.edu/directory/studev/housing_res_life/l_ward.php Swiss Miss: A Story of Surviving Abroad- Purchase the book- The Table: Stories from Black Women in Student Affairs thetablebooks.com SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES: IG: LeahWard (A)Broad in Education is produced by Tiffany Lachelle Smith, Music by Reallionaire Jream. You can access Lady Justice on his Post Cards Album on Sound Cloud. Music from Pixabay.com. Want to continue this conversation with other EDpats? Search (A)Broad in Education on Facebook and join us in the EDpat Lounge.
In this episode, I get to speak with Leah Ward, certified Buti Yoga Instructor, Reiki Level 2 healer, and corporate finance boss. Leah shares her story of creating great success in her life but in a space of unhappiness and wondering why. She goes on a journey to heal herself using both contemporary methods likes psychotherapy and antidepressants with no avail. It wasn't until she stumbled into a yoga class from a Groupon where her soul shifted. She jumped into her yoga teacher training and was exposed to chakra energy systems and finally both the logic and the energy healing clicked for her. This episode is such a delight and filled with inspiration as Leah is genuinely a light and authentically herself.
Beyond The Bench: Former Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears On A Life Of Breaking Barriers
On Second Thought
Behind the bench in Georgia's Supreme Court, there is an inscription on the wall. It reads "Fiat justitia ruat caelum". It's Latin for "Let justice be done, though the heavens may fall." While Georgia was one of the last states at the time to establish its high court — in 1846 — there have been many firsts since. That includes electing the first African-American woman as a Chief Justice, anywhere in the country, in 2005. The Honorable Leah Ward Sears broke a number of other precedents in her climb to the state's highest judicial title, and did not stop there. The now-retired Chief Justice joined On Second Thought to reflect on why she pursued a career in the law, the steep climb from lawyer to judge to the Georgia Supreme Court, and life after stepping down from the bench.
Former Georgia Supreme Court Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears shares fascinating details about her distinguished career and recent biography, Seizing Serendipity: The Life and Career of Leah Ward Sears. Additionally, she discusses professionalism and changes within the practice of law and the value of alternative dispute resolution. In 1992, Sears became the first woman and youngest justice to sit on the Supreme Court of Georgia. In 2005, she became the first African American woman to serve as chief justice of any state supreme court in the country. Sears was twice on the President’s shortlist for appointment to the United States Supreme Court. Sears is currently a partner at Smith Gambrell & Russell in Atlanta.
Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears
Politics and Social Critiques.
Former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Leah Ward Sears stops by to talk about her CNN commentary on: Let's end disposable marriage. Also, educator/author(PlainTalk2010) Corey Washington will join me to discuss "Bullies." How to identify if your child is a bully or if they are being bullied.