Martha R. Bireda, Ph.D., is a writer, lecturer, and living history “Her Story” re-enactor. She has over 30 years’ experience as a lecturer, consultant and trainer for issues related to race, class, and gender issues, working with educators, law enforcement, business and civic leaders.
Dr. Bireda believes firmly that sharing “untold and untaught” accurate history can heal racial and cultural differences. She facilitates six-week workshops, “Healing Conversations on Race”, focusing on participants experiencing and expressing “human completeness”, empathy, compassion, and the release of mythical concepts about one’s own and the racial identity of “the other”.
Dr. Bireda is the Director of the Blanchard House Museum of African American History and Culture of Charlotte County, located in Punta Gorda, Florida. The website for the museum
Dr. Bireda is the author of over 12 non-fiction books, her two latest, “A Time for Change: How White Supremacy Ideology Harms All Americans”, released in June 2021, and “The Promise of Whiteness: Its Past and Its Future”, to be released on September 14, 2022, both books written during the COVID 19 pandemic and published by Rowman and Littlefield. She has written two books for youth readers: “Obi: African Seminole Freedom Fighter” and “The Trabue Woods Book of Values”.
Dr. Bireda is also the author of the historical fiction book, “The Womb Rebellion” and she is currently working on her second historical fiction book, “My Brother’s Keeper”, both written under the name of pwlong.
Dr. Bireda has site on Facebook and Twitter. She will resume her blog, “Pearl’s Wisdom”, about the experiences of an enslaved midwife, a major character in “The Womb Rebellion”, in the fall.
As one who has counseled and wrote her first book about overcoming codependency (Love Addiction: A Guide to Emotional Independence), and has facilitated women’s empowerment issues, she is deeply concerned about the recent U.S. Supreme court decision overturning Roe v Wade, and will be writing about issues related to “pro-life” as it concerns the born children who experience poverty, homelessness, and marginalization in our schools and justice system.
Dr. Bireda’s favorite pastimes are travel and engaging in cultural adventures. Her favorite places to visit are Cuba, Palau, Singapore and Thailand.