Ann Eskridge’s passion for African American history explores, through fiction, playwriting, and screenwriting, the Underground Railroad; all-Black towns in Oklahoma; and the Pekin Theater, the first Black musical theater. Eskridge was a broadcast journalist before becoming a freelance writer and teacher. She has dabbled in politics, working for a Republican lieutenant governor and a Democratic Detroit city council president. She also helped develop the mass media program at Golightly Career and Technical Center, and worked as a speechwriter. Throughout all these career moves, she wrote.