Julie Rainbow has vision and passion. As a social entrepreneur, she has over 25 years experience implementing effective programs. While growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina, Rainbow had an affinity for mature folks, sometimes known as elders. She found their stories fascinating, lively and reminiscent of “days gone by.” Though their stories were of the past they contained many life lessons of strength, courage and unwavering faith. In 1995, Julie was selected as a W.K. Kellogg Foundation, International Leadership Fellow. The fellowship provided learning in seven countries on 4 different continents. It was during this fellowship that she was charged to pursue her passion - oral history. The outcome of this pursuit is the published book, “Standing the Test of Time: Love Stories of African American Elders” published by Pilgrim Press in 2002. To further affirm the positive aspects of African American families the book was adapted into a play and she was invited to participate in the 2002 and 2003 National Black Arts Festival in Atlanta, Georgia and in the 2009 National Theater Festival, as a new playwright. She was a speaker with The U.S. DHHS Administration for Children and Families:
Healthy Marriage Initiative, featured on television, received funding for her body of work “Grits, Greens and Griots” which captures the narratives of multi ethnic elders, 90 years of age and older who are Southerners and has participated in varied activities sharing the wisdom of elders.Her artistic work is meant to bring honor and recognition to elders by telling their stories and is fueled by her professional training as a social worker. Julie is a graduate of Spelman College where she studied Economics and earned a Masters degree from the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.