Janus Adams

With her trademark brand of "history, heritage, and hope," Dr. Janus Adams' writings have been called "vitamins for the soul." Emmy Award-winning journalist, historian, producer, she is the author of eleven books; founder and publisher of BackPaxKids.com -- books, audios, games, and a website designed to empower "adventurous young minds."

Mission: Inform. Inspire. Empower.

If you don't find me at my desk, I'll be here: sitting on top of the world. The Writers' Retreat in the Catskills.  Augu...
07/11/2019

If you don't find me at my desk, I'll be here: sitting on top of the world. The Writers' Retreat in the Catskills. August 5-9, 2019. Write. Relax. Renew. Treat yourself to the feeling. http://bit.ly/WritersRetreatCatskills Link in BIO.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#writersretreat #book #narrative #nonfiction #fiction #write #storytelling #writing #history #story #relax #explore #iloveny #newyork #summer #literature #mediatraining #coaching #publishing #catskills #stoneridge #blogging #branding #renew #gourmet

07/06/2019

Today on the show, our #PledgeWeek public radio special: #WeThePeople in order to form a more perfect union, Move To Amend the Constitution of the United States. A discussion of the proposed 28th Amendment with our guest, co-convenor of MoveToAmend.org, Leesa "George" Friday.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The Janus Adams Show airs and streams live Saturdays at 4p ET on WJFF (www.wjffradio.org)⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#publicradio #pledgeweek #publicradio #ilovepublicradio #wjffradio #georgefriday #movetoamend #corporationsarenotpeople #citizensunited #janusadams #radio #podcast #speakingengagements #speaker

Today's newsletter: OMG, KamalaHarris what did you just do?  ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀"...then came THE debate. Senator #Kamala...
07/05/2019

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"...then came THE debate. Senator #KamalaHarris opened the floodgates of those “Take America Back-to” good ol’ boy days of states’ rights, handshake racism, and... and..." http://bit.ly/adams-omg⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#KamalaHarris #newsletter #FridayThoughts #JanusAdams #debates #democrats #books #writersretreatcatskills #speaking #

07/04/2019

THE JANUS ADAMS SHOW and podcast this week: FREDERICK DOUGLASS' most famous speech, "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?" http://bit.ly/ja-douglass⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#frederickdouglass #publicradio #womensrights #socialjustice #africanamerican #quotes #independenceday #humanrights #slavery #janusadams #blacklivesmatter #podcast #speakingengagements #speaker

Words matter.  Language matters.  Stories matter. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀YOUR story matters. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Write, relax, detox, re...
07/04/2019

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Write, relax, detox, renew. Join me for the Writers' Retreat in the Catskills, August 5-9, 2019. JanusAdams.com See LINK in BIO.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#book #narrative #nonfiction #fiction #writersretreat #write #storytelling #writing #history #story #relax #explore #iloveny #newyork #summer #literature #mediatraining #coaching #publishing #catskills #stoneridge #writersretreatinthecatskills

06/30/2019

Join me for this week's show when we retrace the “rebirth” of Frederick Bailey---his retaking of his life and remaking of himself---as FREDERICK DOUGLASS: abolitionist, Underground Railroad conductor, orator, publisher, statesman, anti-slavery crusader, women’s rights champion.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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How ironic it is that here---200 years after birth--we are living in time when some would “take America back” to an unacceptable time. We watch, horrified, as the Administration re-normalizes the spectacle of putting people of color into shackles, of seizing children from their parents, of casting them in pens, of destroying the lives of far too many to appease and stoke the hatreds and grudges of far too few.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Actor, OLIVER KING, is the voice of Frederick Douglass in his own words--a man of his times with a message for ours.​ http://bit.ly/ja-douglass⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#ILoveNY #FrederickDouglass #Rochester #OliverKing #quotes #inspiration #July4 #FourthofJuly #history #slavery #emancipation #freedom #socialjustice #humanrights

What are you doing for YOU this summer?  Join me for a WRITERS RETREAT IN THE CATSKILLS. For five inspired days in the C...
06/28/2019

What are you doing for YOU this summer? Join me for a WRITERS RETREAT IN THE CATSKILLS. For five inspired days in the Catskill Mountain: Relax your mind. Renew your spirit. Finish that book you’ve promised yourself you’d write. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This hands-on intensive is for new and seasoned Narrative Non-Fiction and Fiction Writers with a work-in-progress. With space limited to 12 attendees, the program affords each participant time to write, read, reflect, share positive criticism, and grow in a supportive environment.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#book #narrative #nonfiction #fiction #writersretreat #write #storytelling #writing #history #story #relax #explore #iloveny #newyork #summer #literature #mediatraining #coaching #publishing #branding #catskills #stoneridge #writersretreatinthecatskills

For five inspired days, August 5 – 9, 2019, join me for a “Writers’ Retreat in the Catskills.”  Relax your mind.  Renew ...
06/26/2019

For five inspired days, August 5 – 9, 2019, join me for a “Writers’ Retreat in the Catskills.” Relax your mind. Renew your spirit. Write your book. And, make of your words a song. http://bit.ly/WritersRetreatCatskills
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#book #narrative #nonfiction #fiction #GloriaNaylor #writersretreat #write #storytelling #writing #history #story #relax #explore #iloveny #newyork #summer #literature #mediatraining #coaching #publishing #catskills #stoneridge

06/25/2019

Join me for a WRITERS RETREAT IN THE CATSKILLS and tell your story. Finish that book you’ve promised yourself you’d write.
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For five inspired days in the Catskill Mountains: relax your mind, renew your spirit, explore new themes, write your book.
This hands-on intensive is for new and seasoned Narrative Non-Fiction and Fiction Writers with a work-in-progress. With space limited to 12 attendees, the program affords each participant time to write, read, reflect, share positive criticism, and grow in a supportive environment.
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For details, check out my website http://bit.ly/WritersRetreatCatskills or click link in BIO.
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#writersretreat #write #narrative #nonfiction #fiction #book #storytelling #writing #history #story #relax #explore #iloveny #newyork #summer #literature #mediatraining #coaching #publishing

"Not only is your story worth telling, but it can be told in words so painstakingly eloquent that it becomes a song.” Gl...
06/18/2019

"Not only is your story worth telling, but it can be told in words so painstakingly eloquent that it becomes a song.” Gloria Naylor⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#book #narrative #nonfiction #fiction #GloriaNaylor #writersretreat #write #storytelling #writing #history #story #relax #explore #iloveny #newyork #summer #literature #mediatraining #coaching #publishing #catskills #stoneridge

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06/16/2019

Timeline Photos

What do we tell children about Juneteenth -- the African American holiday commemorating slavery's end since June 19, 186...
06/16/2019

What do we tell children about Juneteenth -- the African American holiday commemorating slavery's end since June 19, 1865?⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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BackPaxKids.com--my children's publishing company--is honoring our ancestors and our children; our past and our future with this Juneteenth Special:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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UNDERGROUND RAILROAD: ESCAPE TO FREEDOM⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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This authentic audiojourney--recorded on-location from the Virginias north to Canada--retraces the amazing saga of the Underground Railroad in age-appropriate detail. Follow fast-fading historic UGRR routes. Visit Jamestown, VA (site of the first landing of Africans enslaved), Colonial Williamsburg (Other Half Tour), Harpers' Ferry (site of the John Brown Raid) and more. Meet the grandniece of the greatest UGRR conductor of them all, Harriet Tubman!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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WAY TO GO!: THE BACKPAX PARENTS GUIDE TO EMPOWERING ADVENTUROUS YOUNG MINDS⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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It’s amazing what can happen when 'adventurous young minds' (TM) are free to roam. That’s what this book is about – creating safe spaces for curiosity and creativity where children can dare to dream. 5 empower tools. 50 fun projects. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#juneteenth #emancipation #slavery #adventure #audio #BackPax #BlackLivesMatter #book #children #compassion #curriculum #education #empowerment #FreedomDay #heritage #history #homeschool #hope #humanrights #imagination #inspiration #janusadams #justice #parenting #UGRR #UndergroundRailroad #UnitedStates #waytogo

Today on the show: two men, fathers both, speak of the legacies passed to them and the gifts they now pass on.  Peach co...
06/15/2019

Today on the show: two men, fathers both, speak of the legacies passed to them and the gifts they now pass on. Peach cobbler, the golden eagle, and a pebble cast upon the waters.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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NEYOOXET GREYMORNING, PhD – Professor of Anthropology and Native American Studies. Son of the Arapaho Nation.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Join me for a WRITERS RETREAT IN THE CATSKILLS  and tell your story.  Finish that book you’ve promised yourself you’d wr...
06/08/2019

Join me for a WRITERS RETREAT IN THE CATSKILLS and tell your story. Finish that book you’ve promised yourself you’d write. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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For details, check out my website http://bit.ly/WritersRetreatCatskills or click link in BIO:

So why, 350 years later, are we still fighting for the rights of women and girls to an education?  Google Doodle honors ...
06/06/2019

So why, 350 years later, are we still fighting for the rights of women and girls to an education? Google Doodle honors Elena Cornaro Piscopia--first woman with a doctorate:⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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“Her oral examination in 1678 attracted so much interest that the ceremony had to be moved from the university to Padua Cathedral to accommodate an audience that included professors, students, senators, and invited guests from Universities all over Italy.” http://bit.ly/GoogleDoodle-1st-woman-doctorate⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#education #women #girls #GoogleDoodle #ElenaCornaroPixcopia #doctorate #philosophy #womensrights #humanrights

If you're anywhere near Pennsylvania this summer, the Allentown Art Museum is featuring African-American Art from the Pe...
06/04/2019

If you're anywhere near Pennsylvania this summer, the Allentown Art Museum is featuring African-American Art from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection (June 2-Sept. 1) Also in the collection, 19th and 20th century giants: Elizabeth Catlett, Henry Ossawa Tanner, and Charles White.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#ElizabethCatlett #HenryOssawaTanner #CharlesWhite #sculpture #painting #Allentown #Art #Museum #AfricanAmerican #BackPaxKids #JanusAdams

Good Morning!⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀Love your life. Enjoy your day.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀If you could gift us all three words tod...
05/29/2019

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Love your life. Enjoy your day.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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#wednesdaywisdom #inspiration #motivation #goodmorning

05/13/2019
I love this image - so perfect for today's @JanusAdams Show. A spiral: leading down? headed up? It's all in how you look...
11/17/2018

I love this image - so perfect for today's @JanusAdams Show. A spiral: leading down? headed up? It's all in how you look at it. "Where Do We Go From Here?" Streams live today at 4:00 pm ET, WJFF Radio Catskill Guests: L.A. Kauffman author, "How To Read a Protest" and SandyOxford (Sullivan County NAACP) https://www.janusadams.com/radio-show.html

About #Aretha:  I first met her when she and my husband, #MaxRoach (who also died on this day in 2007) were both recordi...
08/16/2018

About #Aretha:

I first met her when she and my husband, #MaxRoach (who also died on this day in 2007) were both recording at the Atlantic Records studios in NYC. We met again when they were both performing at the #Montreux Festival in Switzerland. I did not know her well, but each time we met, she greeted me like a sister. And, that is the way I feel her loss today.

Aretha gave voice to African Americans and women when our country would have had us whisper. When they went low, she raised her voice higher and higher still. Thank you, Aretha. Thank you, dear "sister."

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08/11/2018

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Tune in today for “The Janus Adams Show": IN TRIBUTE: MAX ROACH. For the anniversary of his death, 8/16/07, we're commem...
08/11/2018

Tune in today for “The Janus Adams Show": IN TRIBUTE: MAX ROACH. For the anniversary of his death, 8/16/07, we're commemorating the life and legacy of my late husband, drummer/composer Max Roach with an encore presentation of "The Dreamer, The Drummer, The Struggle: Dr. King, Max Roach, FREEDOM NOW!"

The show first aired in January to honor Max’s birthday (January 8) and Dr. Martin Luther King’s (January 15). In tribute to Dr. King's vision, courage, gift of hope, and leadership: we feature “The Dream.” Composed and performed by Max, this duet features his solo drumming and Dr. King's historic "I Have a Dream" speech at the March on Washington.

We’re also playing selections from Max' masterwork “WE INSIST: The Freedom NOW Suite,” with commentary by two special guests who worked with Max and called him friend: musician Brother Ah and stage director George Ferencz.

#DrKing #MaxRoach #BrotherAh #GeorgeFerencz #FreedomNOWSuite #SouthAfrica #Africa #Jazz #Theater WJFF Radio Catskill WPFW #IHaveADream #MarchonWashington #drum Jason Dole

Today on The Janus Adams Show, meet @GraceAngelaHenry: "A Voice for All Reasons."  An audiobook narrator, she's the voic...
08/04/2018

Today on The Janus Adams Show, meet @GraceAngelaHenry: "A Voice for All Reasons." An audiobook narrator, she's the voice behind Condoleezza Rice, Harriet Tubman and more. World traveler (48 of 50 United States, 29 countries). Renaissance woman. Actor. Today at 4p @WJFFRadio Podcast available on my website http://JanusAdams.com http://bit.ly/2KrWcTp and on Soundcloud: https://bit.ly/2KrQOQm

#audiobook #CondoleezzaRice #GraceAngelaHenry #HarrietTubman #JanusAdamsShow#worldtraveler #WJFFRadio

July 22, 1918: One hundred years ago today, my grandfather, William Landsmark, landed on US shores. A young man alone, h...
07/22/2018

July 22, 1918: One hundred years ago today, my grandfather, William Landsmark, landed on US shores. A young man alone, he arrived speaking Dutch; his English secondary.

Putting the brutishness of colonial rule and enforced poverty behind him, braving torpedo-infested #WorldWarOne waters to work his passage to #NewBedford from the #Caribbean isle of #Statia (St. Eustatius), he was bound for New York. For the first time in twenty years, he would see the mother separated from him since he was seven.

For years I've re-staged his landing for my mind's theatre—his, and the other embarkations and arrivals of each of my grandparents; their first on-shore steps in the harbor lights of New Bedford and New York. Had each of them not dared to dream, I simply would not exist.

To this day, when I am weighed down in need of answers, I think back on the struggles of my forebears. How they got ovah. My soul looks back in wonder how they made it through.

A historian, I am regularly called to task for “celebrating” the history of the African Diaspora—particularly in these tremulous “take back America” times.

I think of Grandpa a century ago this day—perhaps this very hour. A stranger in a strange land, he is a young man alone and afraid. He does not use words like #immigrant or #alien to define himself. He is Jane Van Ter Pool’s son. Guided by the compass of her love; he makes his way to her embrace.

How can I/we do any less than hold him—all our Grandpas and Grandmas—high in remembrance?

We are the promises they made to themselves. We are their dreams.

© Janus Adams 2018

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