Dr. Lisa Bratton, a native of Vallejo, California, is a tenured Assistant Professor of History at Tuskegee University. She received her B.B.A. from Howard University, her M.B.A. from Atlanta University and her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in African American Studies from Temple University. As a historian for the Tuskegee Airmen Oral History Project, she interviewed over 250 Airmen. She has served as Investigator for an oral history project on Historic Brattonsville, the York County. Her primary research interest is Historic Brattonsville, the South Carolina plantation on which her ancestors, Green and Malinda Bratton, were enslaved. Her other diverse research interests include the establishment of African American historic sites and Zora Neale Hurston. Her upcoming book, "I am the Forever" chronicles their lives from enslavement to being the first Freedmen to own land in the county. Dr. Bratton is an avid traveler who has visited 50 states, six continents and such fascinating places as North Korea and Cuba; in 2018, she traveled to five continents in five weeks! Her goal is to retire on a fabulous beach.