From being among the first five students to integrate an all-white high school in 1965, to advocating inclusion for special needs children and adults, and to promoting inclusion for African Americans in the sport of golf, Ramona has persevered with power and pride through many trials and triumphs.
Ramona is dedicated to preserving the legacy and building awareness of African Americans in golf. As an entrepreneur, research historian, author, and former educator, she develops and implements African American golf history educational learning programs through several media.
Ramona is the founder, owner, and producer of the traveling exhibition "Epochs of Courage: African Americans in Golf". She has authored and published two books—"A Missing Link In History: The Journey of African Americans in Golf", and "African American Golf History Brain-Aerobics"; and she created and developed "Thinking and Swinging", an African American golf history trivia game. She has served as Executive Director of The First Tee Washington, D.C. and was credited for the start-up of that program.
Ramona founded "Swing Hope Into Action", a program dedicated to honoring African American golf legends. In 2014 "Swing Hope Into Action" was launched honoring (in person) Charlie Sifford, Jim Dent, and Pete Brown. In 1999, Ramona produced and coordinated "African Americans and the Game of Golf: Past, Present, and Future" held at The Smithsonian Associates, Smithsonian Institute. This event featured an esteem group of panelists including Renee Powell and her father Dr. William Powell.
In 2017, Ramona was inducted into the African American Golfers Hall of Fame and received the "Publisher of the Year" award. In 2012, she was selected to the World Golf Hall of Fame African American Golf History Exhibition Task Force, and in 2010 to the PGA/USGA African American Golf History Task Force. She was featured in several magazines including "African American Golfer’s Digest", "heart & soul" magazine, and "Golf Digest". In May 2001 after Tiger Woods' second Masters Tournament win, Ramona appeared on "BET Nightline TV News".
In addition to her experience in the golf industry Ramona has served on the staff of Senate committees and state Senators, and she was a governor appointee to a state education committee. She held several educational positions in the United States and abroad including executive director of a special needs school in London, England. A former professional model, Ramona owned and operated a charm school for children and adults with physical and mental challenges.
Enjoying the challenges of solving problems, taking initiative, and achieving results ... be it a game of chess or a round of golf, Ramona has a never-ending passion to connect early and life-long learners through stories of courage and hope. However, her greatest passion is spending time with her beautiful special needs daughter; together they enjoy horse shows, shopping, church activities, and Broadway musicals. Ramona Harriet is a woman of faith, family, and fortitude.
Photo: Ramona Harriet with golf legend Charlie Sifford