by C. Rudolph Knight
FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Dr. Sibyl E. Moses, was enthusiastically received as the featured speaker at the Nonagenarian Tea, sponsored by the Perry-Weston Institute on June 1 at Calvary Episcopal Church Memorial Hall. Dr. Moses talked about “The History of the Afternoon Tea Within the African American Community.” In her research, she has identified more than 800 different kinds of afternoon teas.
Sibyl E. Moses, Ph.D. is a Reference Specialist in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division, The Library of Congress. She graduated from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia, and earned her master's degree (M.S.) in Library and Information Science and doctorate of philosophy (Ph.D.) from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She also holds a Master's degree in Public Administration (M.P.A.), from the University of Ife, Ile-Ife, Nigeria. Selected positions prior to her joining the Library of Congress include: Head of Government Documents, the University of Ife Library, Ile-Ife, Nigeria; Director, Office for Library Outreach Services at the American Library Association; Assistant Professor and later, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.; and Project Archivist in the Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archives Section of The New York Public Library's Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture.
Her publications appear in American, British, and Nigerian journals. Her monograph, African American Women Writers in New Jersey, 1836-2000… (Rutgers University Press, 2003 and 2006), is a "New Jersey Notable Book for 1995-2005," an American Association for State and Local History award-winner, and one of the "Top Picks for Women" in the non-fiction category selected by Ebony magazine (March 2007 issue). The overwhelming success of her 2007 exhibition at the Newark Public Library, "The Creativity and Imagination of African American Women Writers in New Jersey," earned a commendation in The Congressional Record by Congressman Donald Payne.
Sibyl E. Moses is the Editor of The Phyllis magazine, a national publication devoted to the history of the Order of the Eastern Star (PHA) and other Prince Hall women's organizations. She serves as the Imperial Directress of Archives and History in the Imperial Court, Daughters of Isis, the auxiliary to the Ancient Egyptian Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine (PHA).
C. Rudolph Knight is a Tarboro native, a retired community college educator, a research historian, and the Chair of the Perry-Weston Historical Institute.