Maia's Articles and Books

Emancipation Proclamation: Forever Free by Kevin McGruder, PhD and Velma Maia Thomas
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Through stunning photographs and interesting facts about the U.S. Constitution, Emancipation Proclamation, Watch Night, Civil War, and more, this book equips community historians, families and churches to enliven the past and make it relevant today.

Emancipation Proclamation: Forever Free can be purchased from Urban Ministries Inc, 1-800-860-8642 or here.

The Odd Fellow City: The Promise of a Leading Black Town
In 1913 the black fraternal organization known as the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, District No. 18 embarked on an exceptional venture: to build a "Negro-owned" city and industrial farm in Middle Georgia. The plans were laid, city lots were purchased, the land for the farm--more than 400 acres--donated. The enterprise was a testament to what "forward thinking race men" could do. Read a snippet of Maia's article, "The Odd Fellow City: The Promise of a Leading Black Town. " (The full article was published in the Journal of Georgia Association of Historians, Vol. XXIX, 2010).

African American Memories in West End of Atlanta
In 2011 Maia was the winner of the "I Found it in the Archives" competition sponsored by The Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) at Emory University. Read her award-winning essay of finding a collection of memories, including efforts to "Buy Back Negro Homes" in Southwest Atlanta'a story similar to Lorraine Hansberry's "A Raisin in the Sun."

Underground Railroad: The William Still Story
Early in 2012, Maia served as a subject expert for the PBS documentary, Underground Railroad: The William Still Story, which aired nationally in February. Hear her comments and her singing voice as she renders "Swing Low, Sweet Chariot," sharing her passion with her audience (time 30:00 - 34:00), Underground Railroad: The William Still Story

Lest We Forget
Based on materials from the nationally acclaimed Black Holocaust Exhibit, Lest We Forget documents the plight of an estimated 100 million Africans...

Freedom's Children
Taste the sweetness of freedom and the bitter struggle for equality through the documents that impacted the lives of an entire race...

No Man Can Hinder Me
Through it all, the Africans in America sang. Aboard slave vessels and in the fields, in celebration and in mourning, they expressed their hopes, their fears, their defeats, and their triumphs through music...
We Shall Not Be Moved
Throughout the twentieth century, African Americans would trouble the waters of America--agitating, challenging, and defying the status quo...