About the author: Mella J. Davis, Ph.D., grew up in Texas, but studied at Northwestern University in Chicago where she first met and fell in love with Jewish culture. After studying with ultra-orthodox and Messianic rabbis, Davis continued to travel the globe learning about Jewish customs and traditions, eventually making her way to Israel itself. She is a published poet and has lectured and presented on Black-Jewish relations throughout the country.
About the artist: Charlene Blackwell grew up in Eagle Lake, Texas, but she studied art at The Art Institute of Houston where she received her associate’s degree. She was employed as artist-in-residence supplying conceptual art to SeaWorld of San Antonio, Texas. She has privately and publicly exhibited her art in the Riverwalk Gallery of San Antonio. Only 1 of 2 artists recognized throughout San Antonio, Texas as a brilliant oil pastel artist. Ms. Blackwell is now residing in Houston as a freelance artist at firstname.lastname@example.org. Her expertise works of Art. 8’FTx11FT Mural (Cry-Room) at Sacred Heart Catholic Church Richmond, Texas, Titled: Devine Creator. Neon-Lite Logo Design at Sea Word of San Antonio, Texas, Beluga Whale Arena, Title: Viva-Snacks @ snack stand.