Generation X (born 1964 - 1981)
Yolanda Bogan was born in Marion County, Florida. Her mother is a retired math teacher from the Sarasota County Public School System who was attracted to her field by a Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) scholarship offered in response to Sputnik from the United States of America not wanting to fall behind in technology. Her father was in the U.S. Airforce and a city employee in Jacksonville, Florida. Both of her parents were born and reared in Marion County, FL.
Yolanda spent her childhood in Sarasota County, Florida, where her life revolved around school and church. Her parents divorced when she was a toddler. When she was seven years old, her mother married a school principal and Baptist minister who was a very influential stepfather. Attending predominantly white schools, Yolanda was greatly encouraged by her parents in her educational endeavors. During high school, her family moved to nearby Manatee County. Yolanda graduated from Palmetto High School as senior class president and a member of the National Honor Society. She was active in 4H, piano, dance, and singing and was the yearbook editor and a member of the Tigerettes band dance troupe. Yolanda also competed in pageants and was crowned Miss Black Sarasota County and Miss Black Manatee County.
A professor of psychology and licensed psychologist, Dr. Bogan began college in Atlanta, Georgia to try something new and decidedly at a different institution from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, where most of her family attended. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Emory University where she pledged Delta Sigma Theta Inc sorority, founded a gospel choir, and studied abroad in Europe. She began her doctoral program at the University of Georgia and completed an internship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Shortly before earning her Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in clinical psychology, Yolanda married her college sweetheart, a graduate of Morehouse College. The professional couple moved to Savannah, Georgia where Yolanda opened a private practice and in quick succession had two sons. Longing to be near family, the couple moved to Tallahassee, Florida and shortly afterwards had another son. Professionally, Yolanda earned tenure and promotion to professor of psychology at the institution which her family holds a long legacy, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. She distinguished herself as an excellent grant-writer and is responsible for garnering over $5,000,000 in external funding in the fields of women's health, HIV/AIDS, substance abuse, behavioral health workforce development, financial literacy, and Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. In addition, she served as the Director of Counseling Services for over ten years and was subsequently appointed as an associate dean. She is currently the Director of Research and Assessment for the College of Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities. She also is the CEO/Owner of Dr. Yolanda Bogan & Associates, a culturally competent psychotherapy practice.
Yolanda describes her most significant life accomplishments as earning tenure and promotion to professor at her mother's alma mater, Florida A&M University, and having a loving marriage of almost three decades.
She enjoys reading, traveling, chocolate and her Labradoodle, Darcie.
Yolanda is married to The Honorable Linzie F. Bogan, an administrative law judge. She adores being married to her college sweetheart and being the mother of three outstanding young men who are grounded in their faith, cultural identity and love of family. The couple is proud to have two sons who serve as Navy officers via the Navy ROTC programs at Vanderbilt University and Hampton University and one son who is a college student at Tuskegee University. They also have a daughter-in-law who is a psychiatry resident at the University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville
Oral History Summary
Psychologist. Croatan Indian patriot. Health and racism pandemics.
Yolanda discusses her Croatan Native American Revolutionary War patriot Ephraim Manuel, son of 7th great grandfather Nicholas Manuel who was enslaved with his wife Bungey, both being of African descent in Elizabeth City County, Virginia; Nicholas migrating to Croatan territory in Samson County, North Carolina after he was freed from slavery in 1718; the Daughters of the American Revolution listing her patriot as Native American since his great grandson Enoch Manuel was Croatan and listed Ephraim as Croatan in his records; Enoch having several wives; 2nd great grandfather Herbert, Enoch's son, marrying an African American because he didn't want to intermarry; being proud of her patriot ancestor regardless of whether he was African American or Native American because the American colonies were losing the war, including people of color turned it around. Recording her oral history a mere two hours after the historic conviction of a white police officer for murdering a black man, Mr. George Floyd, Jr. Yolanda shares “my ancestors fought for freedom, equality, social justice, and democracy for everyone and every generation has to fight to preserve it”; being born in Ocala, FL, a 5th generation native Floridian; her childhood being centered around church and school; attending predominantly white schools; earning a bachelor's degree in psychology from Emory University in Atlanta, GA; completing an internship at Baylor College of Medicine in Texas; earning a PhD in clinical psychology at University of Georgia; working at Savannah State University to get the black college experience she missed out on as a student; running a private practice as a clinical psychologist; returning to Tallahassee to work at her “family’s school” of Florida A&M; discovering an online family tree leading to her patriot; being floored she could trace her ancestry to 1680, not believing she could join DAR; being unaware of free people of color and Croatan ancestors; impressed at how well documents were preserved, joining DAR to continue their preservation; Millie Manuel, widow of patriot, never getting paid for Ephraim's service; seeing how records of people of color were given less care than those of whites, grandmother's marriage certificate not listing parents' names, but instead just showing "willing"; her father being supportive of her joining DAR and her husband calling her "black royalty"; supporting the military since two of her sons are Navy officers; her 94 year old grandmother's birth certificate only listing her as "baby" Manuel; having attended universities in which individuals paved the way, same with DAR, people of color fought and sued to become members; representing patriots of color as a DAR member, telling the full story of the victory of the war; serving as a chapter officer, Librarian; being a DAR member in the South, not being ready to record oral history in 2020 with individual members' social media pages feeding into inequality and oppression of racism pandemic, also disturbing they were ignoring the health pandemic that disproportionately impacted people of color; “I represent diversity in DAR, not just by my skin color but also by my patriot”; “not everyone who fought in the Revolution was European, this country is not just for Europeans”; enjoying time with members of color in DAR; being scared to attend first meeting, but it being very pleasant; anyone can join if they can prove lineage, and education or socio-economic status not mattering so DAR is an extremely diverse organization; being proud that women had the forethought to purchase DAR headquarters land while not forgetting her grandmother couldn't join; committing to continued membership and service in DAR.
Yolanda Bogan's oral history was recorded on April 20, 2021
Membership State: Florida
DAR Patriot Ancestor(s)
Manuel, Ephraim: North Carolina
American Indian Male