“This is my little blog where I write about History, Current Events, Theatre, Jazz, Education, the Arts, Politics, Social Justice, the Environment, and what goes on in the world (and occasionally in my head). Sometimes I write about people I know and love, who are also doing great work that other folks should know about. While I would not classify myself as a complete “cockeyed optimist,” I am also not very big on writing that complains and whines and moans about everything or writing that exploits any person’s personal suffering. I still believe that in spite of some of the awful things that happen in the world–which I will write about–that there is still much to celebrate.” – Leslye Joy Allen
Leslye Joy Allen (Ayọ) is a fourth generation native of Atlanta, Georgia, USA. A historian, oral historian, educator, dramaturge, public speaker, theatre and jazz advocate, genealogist, and environmentalist (better known by her middle name “Joy,”) she holds Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees in History from Agnes Scott College and Georgia State University, respectively. She is also a charter member of Agnes Scott College’s Alpha-Theta-Psi chapter of Phi Alpha Theta National History Honor Society and is a former Coca-Cola Foundation Museum Fellow at The Atlanta History Center. She currently is a Ph.D. Candidate in the History department at Georgia State University, and is finishing writing her dissertation; she was a 2015-2016 Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholar and Dissertation Fellow. She specializes in the History of the American South (ante- and post-bellum), 20th century Georgia History, Atlanta History, Oral History, and Performance Arts History with a specific emphasis on Theatre. She is also a proud member of National Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Association of Critical Heritage Studies, and Africans Rising.