Writer. Educator. Activist
Samantha Major was born Samantha “Sam” Tulin, to a Russian Jewish father and an African American mother in the city of Brotherly Love. Both of her parents were aspiring writers. Their mutual love for words would become the impetus for a unique love of one another. This love was the beginning of Samantha’s story.
She grew up as a very pensive child. Sam would quietly observe the stares that her interracial family elicited and developed an interest in race relations early on. She would soon let her wonderings spill onto the pages of her journal. The first time she fell in love with words was in Ms. Sawyer’s fourth grade class. Every Monday, Ms. Sawyer would proudly introduce the word of the week. One week the word was “subliminal”. As soon as she learned it, Samantha said the word over and over again in a whisper. She imagined how the shape of each letter looked next to the other. She loved the complex meaning and how the syllables rolled off her tongue. She grew distracted focusing on the pictures the word evoked in her mind. Samantha ran home and used the word in as many sentences as she could muster, to the amusement of her smiling mother. This was the day she began her love affair with words.
Sam attended the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts (CAPA) and majored in Creative Writing. This is where she began writing poetry. She performed her first spoken word piece at the age of 16 on CAPA’s stage and hasn’t looked back since. After graduating from CAPA, Samantha attended Spelman College in Atlanta, GA. She continued to sharpen her writing skills and performed with various Spoken Word groups in Atlanta. She also married her college sweetheart, Rahqwan “Rocky” Major.
Samantha became a teacher and sought to inspire students as Ms. Sawyer once inspired her. She is deeply inspired by her faith and writes to share her experiences as an ever-growing follower of Christ. It is her faith that also compels her to write about the systematic injustices of sexual exploitation, poverty and racism.
She wouldn’t be half the woman and writer she is without the love of her teachers, friends and family, particularly her lifelong hero and mother, Melissa Simmons. Recently Samantha’s mother passed away. This event profoundly affected her and added fervor to her pursuit in becoming a professional writer. She promised her beautiful mother that she would “make it” [as a writer] for the both of them and God willing, she will.
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