Pamela Bailey is a nationally published author, a singer-songwriter, and a self-described “Carolina Daughter." She is descended from enslaved people from the Pee Dee region of South Carolina.
The importance of her family’s history was inculcated into her upbringing by her parents, who shared ancestral stories and music that had been passed down for generations. Having researched her family’s genealogy for more than a decade, history, race, and culture largely inform her music and writing.
Pamela earned her MFA Degree in Non-fiction Creative Writing from Queens University of Charlotte, North Carolina, and her undergraduate degree in Business Marketing from South Carolina State University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She worked for many years as an adjunct professor at a private university in Dallas, Texas. While teaching world literature to her students, Pamela was inspired to create a lyceum to share the music and history of the African American experience that her students felt had been largely absent from their formal educational experiences.
Her current project has afforded her an opportunity to collaborate with scholars in the US and internationally on the subject of forced migration of American-born enslaved people and the lasting effects of forced family separations on their descendants.