Call to Witness

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Call to Witness

Sherry Blackman

Show Description:

Jane Gagliardo was a throwaway employee, fired after working nearly a decade for this leading vaccine maker when her disabilitysurfaced. Fearless and impassioned, her story will leave readers empowered to stand up for themselves, even if it means standing alone.This 2002 landmark case changed the law and challenges the way corporations do business today. This riveting dramatic account shedsfascinating insight into the world of vaccine production, both past and present, that will have every reader searching through theirimmunization record—this corporation literally runs in the veins of millions of Americans


Guest Bio:

Sherry Blackman is an internationally published writer, award-winning poet and journalist, whose work has appeared in the books, In the Company of Women by Brenda Hunter, PH.D. Writing from Life: Telling Your Soul’s Story by Susan Witting Albert, PH.D., and in the literary journal, Journal of New Jersey Poets.

She has been a regular contributor to such international publications as The World & I magazineFor the Bride, and newspapers The Christian Science Monitor, and New Jersey’s largest newspaper, The Star Ledger, and The New Jersey Herald.

Her work has also appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer, and dozens of other international, national and regional publications. She was a news correspondent for APBnews, an online news service in partnership with CNBC and MSNBC. Her assignments have taken her to dozens of countries, including Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Storm, England, Wales, Scotland, Italy, Ireland, Estonia, Russia, Siberia, Pakistan, Iceland, Africa, Norway, India, Israel, Germany, and Kenya.

Blackman is the creator of the “Writing for Revelation” workshops and has led workshops from Manhattan to her alma mater, Skidmore College, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Drew Theological Seminary with her Masters of Divinity in 2006, and was the recipient of “Outstanding Biblical Achievement” Award from the American Bible Society. Ordained with the Presbyterian Church of America in 2007, Blackman has been serving as the pastor of the Delaware Presbyterian Church and the First Presbyterian Church of Oxford in Warren County, New Jersey ever since. She has been a truck stop chaplain at the Travel Center of America in Columbia, New Jersey, for over six years. Along with her two churches, the truck stop ministry, and having taught college courses on Comparative Religions, World Culture and Poetry, she is also the Director of Spiritual Life at Bloomfield College in Bloomfield, New Jersey.


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