Mission Statement The Mission of More Than a Fraction is to expand research and education on the history, life, culture, and experiences of “involuntary migration” Africans in America and African-Americans, before the Civil War and a decade after under the mantle “From separation to reunification”. More Than A Fraction seeks to expand research and education by approaching the subject from an “Africans in America” and African American centric view, promoting new angles of research from innovative lenses and focal points. With consideration of the expansiveness of the African diaspora, More Than A Fraction’s initial focus is those within and connected to the Appalachian region.
Purpose The purpose of More Than a Fraction is to obtain funding in order to complete qualitative and experiential research, publish research literature, and execute educational projects on the life, culture, and experiences of “involuntary migration” Africans in America, African-Americans, and indigenous peoples in Maryland, the Southeast regions (and beyond to where the mission leads) before the Civil War and a decade after. More Than A Fraction hopes to increase the public’s knowledge of the community and as a result evoke a cohesive culture of inspiration and admiration, and support efforts to ensure strength in areas such as curriculum development and innovative academic programs.
Vision The More Than a Fraction was birth from experiences received and work done by Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs who published the creative non-fiction account of her ancestors the Fractions and the extended community in Montgomery County, Virginia and the surrounding counties in a book by the same name “More Than A Fraction”. During that research Dr. Moseley-Hobbs realized the experiences of Africans in America, African-Americans, and indigenous peoples was complex and deep dives in the subject have barely scratched the surface of what is out there to discover and explore. In looking for her heritage she discovered ancestors who were huge contributors in what is known today as Virginia Tech University. The research book inspired lectures, traveling exhibits, and historical projects such as the those with organizations such as Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State (Virginia Tech University), the African-American Civil War Museum in Washington, DC, and the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Culture Center in Baltimore; further projects that explore neglected areas of American history are still underway. Fascinated with the documentation she was able to find, others are inspired to search for their story, and learn more about how deep and expansive the history of Africans in America, African Americans, and indigenous peoples go during a period where information and documentation is buried or “looked over”. The More Than a Fraction seeks to help do just that under the mantle: “from separation to reunification”.
Founder and CEO
As Founder and Executive Director of More Than A Fraction Dr. Kerri Moseley-Hobbs continues an almost 20-year career in education currently serving in roles on both sides of education: administration and research/program development. This includes work in postsecondary (higher education) policy, regulation, and administration, as well as experiential learning, educational presentation and exposure, and historical research - all supporting efforts to ensure strength in areas such as federal title IV programs and compliance, curriculum development, and innovative academic programs. Along with her extensive work with prestigious projects, she is a research author of a creative non-fiction book “More Than a Fraction: Based on a true story”, and is one of the leading voices in the history of Africans in America, African Americans, and indigenous peoples of Maryland, the Southeast region (and beyond to where the mission leads) .
Prior to her career in higher education administration and leadership, Dr. Moseley-Hobbs worked as a promotion’s assistant and junior writer at The Baltimore Times Newspaper in Baltimore, Maryland. She was first published by the newspaper when she was 12 years old and continued to be published until she was 18 years old at which time she began her career in higher education.
Dr. Moseley-Hobbs holds a doctorate degree in Education and three degrees from the University of Maryland: a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, a master’s degree in Interdisciplinary Management, and a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA).
She is a 5th generation descendent of John Fraction, the subject of her first Creative Nonfiction book “More Than A Fraction”.