Stacey Patton: Simon & Schuster Speakers Bureau

Stacey Patton

Author, Anti-Spanking Activist, Advocate for Foster Children and Adoptee’s Rights

No one would ever imagine that the vibrant, smart, and successful Stacey Patton had a childhood from hell. Once a foster child who found a home with God‐fearing, house‐proud, and hardworking adoptive parents, she appeared to beat the odds. But her mother was tyrannical, and her father turned a blind eye to the years of abuse his wife heaped on their love‐starved little girl. On a rainy night in November 1999, Stacey Patton, a promising student at NYU, approached her adoptive parents' house with a gun in her hand. She wanted to kill them. Or so she thought.

Patton’s memoir That Mean Old Yesterday recounts the steps that lead her to that moment and beyond. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “carefully reasoned and powerfully emotional, striking in its endeavor to relate a unique individual experience to broader communal ills,” the book links her personal experiences to the legacy of American slavery. By examining African‐American history, Patton successfully draws the connection from her adoptive parents’ terrible behavior to her and centuries of corporeal punishment of children, low self‐esteem, and fathers too weak to assert themselves after centuries of having their paternity denied.

Patton offers a myriad of provocative insights into the history of American race relations and contemporary issues affecting children today. Combining her experience as a journalist, historian, and child abuse survivor, Patton's powerful presentations are often called controversial, yet inspiring, educational and unforgettable.

She is currently a writer and editor for the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense
Fund. She has written for The New York Times, Newsday, The Baltimore Sun, and The Washington Post. She has made numerous media appearances on shows including on NPR, The Brian Lehrer show , WBAI, and many more. She is the two‐time recipient of The William Randolph Hearts Foundations’s national feature writing award, the collegiate Pulitzer Prize in journalism. She is also the recipient of writing awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, The Scripps Howard Foundation, and The New York Women in Communications among others.

Patton resides in NYC where she is currently working on her Ph.D in History. She enjoys playing basketball and can often be seen playing at NYC’s famous outdoor court “The Cage.”

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