Catherine's StoryCatherine Wyatt-Morley is the Founder, Chief Executive Officer of Women On Maintaining Education and Nutrition (1994). W.O.M.E.N. is the oldest and only 501 (c) 3 organization founded, organized, administered and directed by an African American woman living with AIDS in the southern United States. Further, in 1994, she found Women On Reason To Heal (W.O.R.T.H), the first and oldest HIV-positive women support group in TN. Catherine has a proven executive management track record and over 25 years of experience driving growth in the nonprofit sector. Her authorship includes I Am the Product of Rape- A Memoir, The Healing Journey Workbook Volume I, The Healing Journey Workbook Volume II, Our Experience: HIV-Positive African American Women in the Deep South, My Life With AIDS Tragedy to Triumph, Time On The Path A Mothers Journey Through AIDS, Positive People Combating HIV/AIDS and her first book AIDS Memoir: Journal of an HIV Positive Mother which won her national and international acclaim. Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame, Catherine has appeared in countless media outlets nationwide including SELF Magazine, The TODAY Show, A&U Magazine, POZ Magazine, CNN, Voices of America, MSNBC, Talk America Radio, FX Radio, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, The Palm Beach Post, The Indianapolis Indiana Recorder, The Los Angeles Times, The Canadian Sun, The Nashville Scene, and the Tennessean. Wyatt-Morley has been featured keynote speaker at many universities, medical clinics, hospitals, women’s groups, conferences, churches, political forums, high schools, public and private businesses youth facilities and remains a highly sought-after orator. Throughout Catherine’s career, she has traveled abroad extensively empowering many women and girls. Wyatt-Morley has impacted thousands in Switzerland, Nigeria, Ghana, Thailand, Poland, Canada, Trinidad, Guyana, China, Turkey, France and Kenya. She is proud to have successfully worked with Kenyan women in establishing a small support group branch of W.O.M.E.N. in Nairobi where resources are scarce, but where there an impactful difference is made by these powerful women. She had learned a lot about what it takes for women to succeed in different countries.
This book includes tantalizing facets of Catherine's life that is enough to keep most readers glued to the pages. Her personal life is as fascinating and audacious as her political one. I'm happy to have read it as I learned a great deal about this writer and her daughter.
What struck home most of all in the telling of this story was the absolute fragility of life that permeated all levels of society back then; the fear and trepidation that came with every issue such as Angela being raped by her step dad and the birth of Catherine. The author really brought attention to each detail as she told this heart wrenching story. This book literally had me on the edge of my seat. I will have to read again as I was so drawn in to the story. Recommend this to all. Great read!
On average, I read about 1 book per week everything from Catulus to Sarah Palin. Of the thousands of books Ive read, I would rank this book at the top of the 1% for literary skill, personal enjoyment, enlightenment and value received. I gained a lot of insight and knowledge from this read. I look forward to reading more from the mother daughter duo, they seem to make an amazing team together.
This is such a readable book, just loved it. Catherine was such a brave woman, she plowed ahead and never looked back at her old life. I'd say she was a very early women's libber. Thanks for being brave enough to speak up for people like me. Planning on reading the book again.
The book was a page turner, a well-told and researched story. A few times material was repeated or reformatted throughout the book. However, this is such a vast story that this type of thing is both understandable and a minor concern. The topics discussed are very important, proud these two ladies are spear heading this topic and the movement. As the caregiver for a person whom has went through a lot of the same things as Jalyon in this story i really feel it gives voice to those that need it and gives insight to it looks like to be groomed by a family member. When my grand daughter is ready to talk I'll be sure she is connected to women like you two.
Grandmother of Rape Victim
This book really took me by surprise, I couldn't seem to put it down. I completed it in about a week. A terrific book because not only does it extol the leadership qualities of Catherine, but it gives us great historical perspective of those times. The book describes the atmosphere back in the 50’s.