Kathy Trusty is an independent historian and a black history educator. She began this phase of her career in 1997 when she received a grant to document the history of African Americans in Paterson, New Jersey. Her research led to collaboration with the Paterson Museum on the exhibition, “As I was Saying…” Reflections of African Americans in Paterson. Kathy co-authored the exhibit text panels and the accompanying exhibit booklet. A few years later she collaborated with the museum on Silk City Slugger: First in the American League, an exhibit about Paterson native (via South Carolina), Larry Doby, the first African American to play baseball in the American League.
Kathy has been conducting black history presentations, creating displays and producing black history programs for more than fifteen years. She receives requests for black history content regularly from educators around the country. Those requests inspired her to create Black History Ed Zone (BHEZ) in 2013. BHEZ is a black history education company that produces a line of products called Black PROPS. These products are created to simplify the inclusion of black history and to show that black history is American history.
Kathy is also the author of a new black history travel blog. Museums are rich with history and she uses the blog to showcase museum exhibits and to encourage people to visit museums to learn more about this country’s rich history and the role of African Americans.
Kathy has Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and is a member of the Middle States Council for Social Studies.