New biography recounts the history of the Ward family and their unwavering faith in the Lord

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Jaki Hall & Ronald D. Henderson announce publication of ‘We Are the Wards!’

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The new biography “We Are the Wards!: A Legacy of Faith and Family” (published by WestBow Press) by Jaki Hall & Ronald D. Henderson follows the narrative of an American family’s unwavering faith in God and their unconditional love for each other.

With one acre and one mule, Matt and Ella Ward, former sharecroppers in the Deep South, survived the degradation of post-slavery America and systemic racism to raise a large, God-fearing family that, seven generations later, the majority of whom are educated, financially secure, and respected in their respective communities. Their forebears lived out the tenets of their Christian faith, teaching their offspring to be faithful to God, to be proud of their humble beginnings, and to believe in the power of a strong, black family to overcome the socio-political-economic obstacles in their path.

The authors want readers to know the descendants of Madison “Matt” Ward and Ella Duncan Ward are a proud Christian family, blessed by God to worship him, serve him, and to witness Jesus Christ to a dying world.

The book is available on Amazon at

“We Are the Wards!”
By Jaki Hall & Ronald D. Henderson
Hardcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 260 pages | ISBN 9781973674863
Softcover | 5.5 x 8.5in | 260 pages | ISBN 9781973674849
E-Book | 260 pages | ISBN 9781973674856
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Jaki Hall is an associate minister at New Shiloh Baptist Church in Baltimore, where she serves as president of the 40-member ministers’ and evangelists’ council and teaches English in the Determined Biblical and Theological Institute. She also teaches composition and research at her alma mater, Morgan State University, having formerly taught at six other area universities. For nearly 20 years, she was a television reporter, talk show host, and publisher of The Black Pages and Trés Chic Magazine.

Ronald D. Henderson earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Wayne State University in Detroit and a Doctor of Philosophy in educational sociology from Michigan State University. He taught sociology at the University of Florida-Gainesville for three years. He retired from the National Education Association after 29 years as manager of the surveys division, associate director of research, and director of research. He previously worked for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in Washington, D.C., and the National Institute of Education. He is the author and co-editor of numerous professional publications.

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