The BlackUSA.News Morning Show, 2.19.21: Dr. Esther Pearson & Judge Leonia Lloyd



The BlackUSA.News Morning Show, 2.19.21: Dr. Esther Pearson & Judge Leonia Lloyd. Dr. Pearson discusses Black Indians. Judge Leonia discusses her career as a judge in Detroit. One of our best shows ever!

Dr. Esther Pearson, Author of
Black and Red Roots: Discovering Your Native American Ancestry


  • Ed.D Mathematics and Science, University of Massachusetts, Lowell
  • M.S. Engineering Management, Western New England College
  • B.S. Engineering Technology, Youngstown State University


  • MATH 203 Precalculus
  • MATH 208 Statistics
  • MATH 116 Merchandising and Financial Mathematics
  • MATH 109 Modern Mathematics

Dr. Pearson has made significant contributions over the past 25 years through corporate industry positions from engineer to engineering director. She has authored books, developed curriculum, designed industry programs and advocated for technology policy both nationally and internationally.

Her academic career includes positions in higher education since 1983 to the present wherein she was a Mathematics professor for Springfield College in Massachusetts and Rivier College in New Hampshire. She has also held positions as an Information Systems professor for Western New England College and Rivier College. She is a senior STEM Consultant and has presented for the US Department of Labor, Harvard University, and MIT.

What is your teaching philosophy for Lasell courses?
“I believe in teaching to help students construct knowledge. This entails making statements and asking directive and thought-shaping questions so that students, through their answers and feedback, are able to construct what they know and learn. Students are best served by an education that allows them to build upon what they know by anchoring their previous knowledge and experience to new information. Making these connections goes a long way in retaining what they have learned and then applying it to everyday situations. This also gives them a foundation and structure to use to be life-long learners.”

Leonia Lloyd is a public speaker and author whose career as a judge, lawyer, and teacher has spanned decades serving the citizens of Detroit. Having sat on the 36th District Court for more than 20 years, Judge Lloyd has lived a life with many stories to tell which are captured in her new memoir Your Honor, Your Honor: A Journey Through Grief and Restorative Justice. Her award-winning justice programs for drug and prostitution offenders have been featured on the National Geographic Channel, A&E Network, and in the Detroit Free Press. She is a product of Detroit Public Schools and received her bachelor’s and jurist doctorate degrees from Wayne State University. Before becoming a judge, she was a partner in the law firm “Lloyd and Lloyd,” which she shared with her late twin sister, Leona. They were featured in Ebony, Jet, and People magazines along with the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News. Both she and her sister would go on to be elected to serve on the 36th District Court and be the country’s first twin judges to sit on the same District Court bench at the same time. They were affectionately dubbed “Twins for Justice.” In her spare time, Judge Lloyd enjoys going to concerts, upscale restaurants, and traveling.

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