Cheryl Wills is an award-winning anchor and reporter for
Time Warner Cable’s flagship news network, New York 1 News, based in New
York City. She has been with the news channel since its launch in 1992 and
the journalist is also the author of Die Free: A Heroic Family
History (www.diefreethebook.com) which traces her great-great-great
grandfather Sandy Wills courageous service in the Civil War as a member of
the United States Colored Troops. Wills is also a popular and engaging
public speaker and has appeared before audiences across the country. Cheryl
is also a blogger for the internationally renowned The Huffington Post.
Free: A Heroic Family History
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Hardcover: 222 pages
Publisher: Bascom Hill Publishing Group (January 3, 2011)
A TV journalist finds the most powerful story in her own family heritage
When award-winning television anchor Cheryl Wills discovers that her great-great-great grandfather, Sandy Wills, was a runaway slave who joined the fight for freedom in the Civil War, she embarks on a search to find out more about the ancestor who demonstrated the same spirit and heart that she knew in her beloved father, a remarkable but flawed man, who died when Cheryl was thirteen, and who never knew his family legacy.
"My Great-great-great grandfather was not the only one to escape Edmund Wills’ suffocating plantation. So did five young men who were undoubtedly like brothers to him. This is Richard Wills’ enlistment form. He was the only one of the Wills Brothers to die before the war ended. Note that they put his occupation as ‘slave’. Read my book to see what I have to say about that!"
Cheryl Guest Blogs for AALBC.com
Read Moving Piece about Her grandmother:
"Opal's Jim Crow Blues"