Ep. 16: Going far with a love for learning with Dr. Jo Zanice Bond

Dr. Jo Zanice Bond’s love for learning has taken her far. Hailing from Brownsville, TN, she found herself pursuing a Ph. D. and eventually becoming a professor at Tuskegee University. Her life experiences opened her eyes to the importance of persistence, and revealed why ‘elbow grease’ pays off eventually. It also showed her the big responsibility of nurturing young minds and the importance of the African diaspora in her school community.

Hear more about Dr. Bond’s amazing feats in this 16th episode of 3 Stores, 2 Cotton Gins, 1 Remarkable Life!

In this episode:

  • Leaving Brownsville and how far she’s gotten
  • On Dr. Bond’s love for learning and pursuing a Ph. D.
  • Becoming a professor at Tuskegee University
  • The important women who have been a part of Tuskegee University
  • How the African diaspora converges in Tuskegee
  • Speaking to students from diverse backgrounds
  • How her birth order inspired her desire to teach and to learn
  • Why persistence pays off
  • How entrepreneurship influenced her dissertation


Find out the details by listening to the full 3 Stores, 2 Cotton Gins, 1 Remarkable Life episode  on SpotifyStitcher and iTunes.


  • “I don’t make lots of plans. I just happened to get from here to there, and that has worked for me so far.”
  • “It’s important now as it was in the 60s or any time in history for our students, for young folk, to know that their opinions, ideas and their feelings are relevant, important, useful and meaningful.”
  • “Education is not neutral.”

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