Carolivia Herron is an active member of her synagogue, Tifereth Israel of Washington, DC, and is the synagogue’s liaison for Social Action programs in Africa. She is president of North Washington Neighbors Inc., an organization that works for racial equality in housing and education.

She is also President of Epic Publishing, a program of the Street to Street EpicCenter Stories. The program is supported by her synagogue and publishes the works of Jewish members of a village in Africa.

Cover of Asenath and the Origins of Nappy HairAsenath and the Origin of Nappy Hair is a comic novel that relates how the life of Shirah Shulamit Ojero, African American graduate student at the University of Penn Forest intersects with Asenath, the Egyptian daughter of a priest who married Joseph in ancient Biblical times. Shirah is an African American Jew who is unable to complete her dissertation on the ancient Egyptian Asenath because she (Shirah) keeps falling into her books and mingling with the epic heroines and heroes she is studying. The problem is solved when the epic poets, led by John Milton, sail to the future and write the dissertation for Shirah.

Cover of Always An Olivia
Sarah Shulamit makes her way from Europe and Africa to America.

Always An Olivia retells Herron’s family story heard from her 103 year old Great Grandmother Olivia when Carolivia was nine years old. This children’s book describes the importance of her name in her family and her Jewish and the story of her West African (Geechee) ancestors, including the kidnapping of her Sephardic Jewish ancestor Sarah by Barbary pirates.

Works, World, and Ways of Carolivia Herron