Interview with Deliyah Tillman


William Calandro



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This interview was conducted by William “Bill” Calandro with Deliyah Tillman as part of Project 2020: A Collaborative Oral History. Tillman first details her experiences as a high school student in a dual enrollment program amid the COVID-19 pandemic. She touches on the difficulties of losing a loved one to COVID-19 complications, all while trying to transition to college at Winthrop University amid a public health crisis. Tillman also notes the influence of the A.M.E Zion Church on her life, and the evolution of the church experience. She concludes by noting the importance of social justice efforts and her participation in a march against racial injustice in the summer of 2020.

Deliyah Tillman (b. 2001) was born in Greenwood, SC but was raised in Calhoun Falls, SC. She is an active member of the A.M.E. Zion Church and aspires to be an athletic director. At the time of the interview, she was a senior at Winthrop University studying Exercise Science with a minor in Health. She previously studied at Piedmont Technical College in Greenwood, SC through a high school dual enrollment program.

Spearheaded by Dr. O. Jennifer Dixon-McKnight, an Assistant Professor of History & African American Studies at Winthrop University, Project 2020 is best summarized in her words: “The goal was to conduct interviews that explored the various ways in which Americans were experiencing and being impacted by the various watershed moments that emerged during 2020 (the global pandemic, social unrest, financial challenges, issues with healthcare, etc.).”

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COVID-19 Pandemic, 2020, Education, Dual Enrollment, Winthrop University, Social Unrest, AME Zion Church

Interview with Deliyah Tillman