About Us

Sonyaheadshot2This site was created after much interest in Merze Tate, which has developed over the past decade. Sonya Bernard-Hollins, a 1993 graduate of Western Michigan University, learned of Tate in the university’s archives while researching African American Firsts of Western Michigan University.

Bernard-Hollins has since founded the Merze Tate Travel Club, which inspires young girls through travel and media. She also has created a traveling photo exhibition based on the photos Tate took in her journey around the world.

Bernard-Hollins and others are writing books on the life of Tate, which are forthcoming.