Nomusa Xaba (Patricia Packard)

CORE, Illinois, Mississippi, Wisconsin, 1963-69
Current Residence: Milwaukee, WI Email:

I began in the movement as a teenager in 1963 with CORE in Chicago, IL and later worked briefly in Mississippi right after Freedom Summer. I grew up in the Civil Rights Movement. It was there that I learned to study history while creating it. What a magnificent experience.

I am now a performing artist, storyteller, percussionist, etc. I work mainly in schools, libraries and teacher conferences. My mission to teach children their history so that they can become the magnificent people they are destined to be. I also work with teacher to make the classrooms "alive", places that children want to come to every day.

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