Martha R. Bireda, Ph.D., is Director of the Blanchard House Museum of African History and Culture, located in Punta Gorda, Florida. For over 30 years, Dr. Bireda has consulted, lectured, and written about social issues related to race, gender, class, power, and culture. Dr. Bireda's articles will explore and examine critical issues past and present that impact our global society. She believes that awareness and recognition of the universality of social issues can contribute to the resolution of problems that affect all societies, and confirm our human connectivity.
Dr. Bireda is the author of twelve books covering a range of topics from co-dependency (Love Addiction: A Guide to Emotional Independence); personal empowerment (Pathway to Change); education (Cultures in Conflict: Eliminating Racial Profiling in School Discipline and Schooling Poor Minority Children in the Post-Brown Era); and two books for young readers (The Trabue Woods Book of Values and Obi-African Seminole Maroon Freedom Fighter). Under her pen name pwlong, she has written Cuba Is A State of Mind, Micronesia The Good Life, and her debut adult fiction novel, The Womb Rebellion, forthcoming, Spring 2017. She is also the author of the forthcoming Reflective Discipline: Reducing Racial Disparity in Referrals and Suspensions.