Millennial (born 1982 - 1998)
Dymond Bush was born in Providence, Rhode Island. Her mother, also from Providence, Rhode Island, is a retired high school physical education and health teacher and athletic director. She was the first African American woman to be a high school athletic director in Rhode Island. Her father, who is disabled, is from Gadsden, Alabama.
In Dymond’s early life, she primarily attended private schools; Community Preparatory School in Providence from grades 4-8 and graduated from the Providence Country Day School in East Providence in 2009.
Dymond attended Hampton University and majored in Sports Management, earning a Bachelor of Science degree. She also attended the University of Georgia and majored in Kinesiology, Sport Management and Policy Specialization, earning a Master of Science degree. She is currently enrolled in the Master of Library and Information Science program at Simmons University.
Dymond has worked in the non-profit world, most recently as a program manager for Scholar Athletes in Boston, Massachusetts where she led programming and partnerships at five school-based Zone sites located in Boston Public Schools and provided direct service to help students achieve their academic and athletic pursuits. Prior to Scholar Athletes, Dymond was a high school advisor for the College Crusade of Rhode Island for four years. As an advisor, she supported under-resourced high school students in preparing for and applying to college, and stood by their side through every triumph and hurdle along the way.
Dymond is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated in which she was initiated into the Theta Psi Omega Chapter in October 2016.
Dymond has been honored with the following awards and recognition:
- American Library Association- Spectrum Scholar 2020
- Association of Research Libraries- Diversity Scholar in the Kaleidoscope Program 2020
- Daughters of the American Revolution- Chapter Outstanding Junior 2020
- Massachusetts and Rhode Island Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Chapters- Sincere and Rare Award 2019
- John McLendon Minority Postgraduate Scholarship 2013
She was also Miss Black Rhode Island USA 2016.
She enjoys searching genealogy databases, cemeteries, town clerk’s offices, and archives to unearth the history of her ancestors. She writes about her ancestors on her website www.dymondbush.com.
Dymond also loves traveling and has visited 22 states and 6 countries. An avid sports fan, she traveled to three of the four Grand Slam tennis tournament sites (US Open, Wimbledon, and Roland Garros) and two Olympic Games (1996 Summer-Atlanta, GA and 2012 Youth Winter-Austria). She most recently traveled to Senegal where she reconnected with her African heritage roots.
Oral History Summary
Sports librarian, 10th generation Rhode Islander. I belong here.
Dymond discusses portraying Marian Anderson at 8 years old in a black history production and then reconciling DAR's history of exclusion to join the DAR as a millennial; being Miss Black Rhode Island USA 2016; connecting with her roots through gardening by planting crops for ancestors and how her cousin Dr. Booker T. Whatley invented the "U Pick Your Own" farming concept; her 5th great uncle Elisha L. Anthony Jr., a free person of color, who served in Louisiana as a Union Army private in the Civil War and his death bed letter; investigating a family rumor of the lynching of 2nd great grandfather John Nelson; serving her community and supporting her alma mater, historically black Hampton University, as a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.; her mixed race Spanish, Native American and black, Revolutionary War patriot Michael Anthony who served in the first integrated regiment; researching lineage from Revolutionary War ancestor Mingo Pollock; how her ancestry reaffirms her place in America; connecting to ancestors through tombstones and the 1st Rhode Island Regiment monument listing Michael Anthony's service; how as a young black member, Gilmore Girls fans think it is cool and older white women seeing diversity are more open to joining DAR; giving back to the black community as a DAR member of color; serving as the regent (leader) of chapter and meeting DAR members of different races while paging.
Dymond Bush's oral history was recorded on August 2, 2020
Membership State: Rhode Island
DAR Patriot Ancestor(s)
Anthony, Michael: Rhode Island
Mixed Race Male
Pollock, Mingo: Connecticut
African Descent Male