You Got Roots?! We Do & AAGSAR BlogTalkRadio Too!

Go Hard or Go HomeIt never fails. Anytime an African American person takes a pro-active [vs. passive] posture in discussing matters of racism and cultural bias in a non-black arena, we’re quickly painted with a broad-stroke — race-baiter, fight-starter, antagonist, troublemaker. BULLY!

If you’re a plain-spoken black woman, go ahead and augment your derogatory “coloring” with aggressive, defensive, threatening and volatile too!

This reverse race-card labeling, delivered by the always undeserving accuser is as dependable as clock-work.

It is an unwritten social-rule in our fractured culture — at all times, African American people should apply saint-like passivity, patience and diplomacy when confronting matters of race. We should be stoic; always traveling along the “high-road”. We should implore those denying us the freedoms we deserve with insightful lessons on inclusion and diversity, right?

After 14 years of maintaining an online presence in the genealogy community, and 40+ years of being brown America, I’m rarely shocked by the swirl following one of my “Come to Jesus” Our Georgia Roots blog posts and/or Twitter comments!

Are not the contributions of my once enslaved Ancestors worthy of society’s acknowledgement? As the 21st Century living descendant preserving their legacies, do I not have every right to expect unbiased access to the historic records, resources and technology impacting my ability to successfully trace my ancestry?

As the Great Granddaughter of Ancestors who thrived far beyond the Jim Crow South they survived, and the Granddaughter of Ancestors who in 1963 Marched on Washington believing we’d live the American Dream, you can count on me raising cane about not being a full beneficiary of it in 2014!

The struggle to not weigh down the shoulders of my beautiful brown children with America’s persistent DNA memory of race hatred and fear is exhausting, and witnessing Mamas who look just like me grieve dead sons who look just like mine, leaves me enraged. Damn right I’m going to talk about it!

BlogTalkRadio - You Got Roots?!

When AAGSAR You Got Roots BlogTalkRadio goes live next Sunday evening on March 2 at 6PM ET, expect no less. I make no apologies. I don’t have another 15 years to willingly invest tiptoeing around racially-biased but socially-sensitive feelings.

EDUCATE. ENGAGE. ADVOCATE.

The goal of You Got Roots?! is to gather progressive like-minds [not like-races] in discussions about how we individually and collectively push the dial forward. Genealogy. Technology. Innovation. Education. History. Social Justice. Advocacy. Collaboration. Community. Community. Community!

It’s time to talk y’all! Let’s build TOGETHER.

#GoHARDorGoHOME

Luckie | You Got Roots?!


Mississippi State Legislature 1874-75

Mississippi Legislature 1874-75WE ARE NOT INVISIBLE.


To acknowledge …

To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves, that the line stretches all the way back, perhaps to God; or to Gods. We remember them because it is an easy thing to forget: that we are not the first to suffer, rebel, fight, love and die. The grace with which we embrace life, in spite of the pain, the sorrow, is always a measure of what has gone before.

Alice WALKER


Video: Michael Twitty on Culinary Injustice at…

Michael Twitty - MAD Symposium

EDUCATE. ENGAGE. ADVOCATE. –> Michael TWITTY of Afroculinaria #ENLIGHTENING

Afroculinaria

http://madfeed.co/post/68180788986/michael-twitty-mad3

THE VIDEO OF THE MAD SYMPOSIUM03 “GUTS” TALK IS UP!  Click link above to watch 🙂

Excerpt from the MAD feed blog:

The culinary historian Michael Twitty has dedicated his career to celebrating the people whose culinary and agricultural contributions to America have been misappropriated throughout history. In August, Twitty spoke at MAD, imploring the audience to take an honest look at our gastronomic past, so that we might be able to bridge “pseudo-boundaries of race”, as well as restore “the emotional and ethical tone” of the food that we make.

For Twitty, it all starts by acknowledging culinary injustice. At a time when the gastronomy of the American South is in the global limelight, for example, Twitty wants to remind us that there is culinary injustice in the fact that the slaves who made those food ways possible haven’t gotten enough credit. According to him, an even deeper…

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Behind The Veil & Life Inside The Jim Crow South

Behind The Veil ~ Duke University

The Devil’s Tale, Duke University’s Special Collections blog announced yesterday that 310 oral history interviews from the John Hope Franklin Research Center for African and African American History and Culture have been added to the Behind the Veil Digital Collection.

From The Devil’s Tale:

The addition to the collection documents the lives of African Americans from the state of North Carolina who lived through the era of Jim Crow in the Charlotte, Durham, Endfield, New Bern and Wilmington areas. The digitization efforts were made possible by the Triangle Research Libraries Network’s Content, Context and Capacity grant project to document the Long Civil Rights Movement in the state. Researchers now have access over 400 digitized interviews from the collection from states throughout the American South.

Given my Ancestors descended from Alabama (maternal-paternal) and Georgia (maternal-maternal) before migrating to Ohio, hearing the first person accounts of those who endured will be enlightening.

It’s exciting to see so much of our history emerging online. We live in a very special day and time!

Might  be time for me to make another onsite visit to the Rubenstein Research Library at Duke. I’m curious to see what’s contained in the 42 narratives that are considered “closed” and not online.

Luckie

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Many Rivers To Cross: Make Black History Month Relevant, Impactful & Lasting!

Many-Rivers-To-Cross

There are no excuses in 2014 for not delivering culturally relevant and historically accurate narratives in respect to African American history.

Narrated by Dr. Henry Louis Gates, Jr., The African Americans: Many Rivers To Cross masterfully guides viewers through 500 years of African American history, and is ideal for families and educators working to truly engage young people in learning.

Enhanced by visual aids, Subject Matter Experts, rich oral histories and geographical context, Many Rivers is completely engaging from beginning to end, and offers Classroom Lesson Plans designed to support junior and high school student learning!

Visit the PBS Many Rivers To Cross website to learn more about the series and classroom learning curricula!

Black History learning has NEVER been so empowered and exciting!:)

Luckie


Rare Historical Find! Liljenquist Civil War Photographs Collection ~ Library of Congress

Liljenquist Collection - Unidentified African American soldier in Union Zouave uniform

If you haven’t seen the AMAZING collection of Civil War images donated to the Library of Congress in 2010 by the Liljenquist Family, you are missing a historical treat!

The Liljenquist Family Collection of Civil War Photographs contains 1220+ ambrotypes and tintypes portrait photographs capturing both Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War (1861-1865), including many portraits of African American Soldiers!

The Liljenquist Collection Summary:

More than 1,000 special portrait photographs, called ambrotypes and tintypes, represent both Union and Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War (1861-1865). The photographs often show weapons, hats, canteens, musical instruments, painted backdrops, and other details that enhance the research value of the collection. Among the most rare images are sailors, African Americans in uniform, Lincoln campaign buttons, and portraits of soldiers with their families and friends.

Tom Liljenquist and his sons Jason, Brandon, and Christian built this collection in memory of President Abraham Lincoln and the 620,000 Union and Confederate servicemen who died in the American Civil War. For many, these photographs are the last known record we have of who they were and what they looked like. See “From the Donor’s Perspective–The Last Full Measure” for the full story.

The Liljenquist Family began donating their collection to the Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division in 2010 and continues to add to it. In addition to the ambrotypes and tintypes, the collection also includes several manuscripts, patriotic envelopes, photographs on paper, and artifacts related to the Civil War.

Take your time and go through the collection. You never know when you might find a long, lost Ancestor.

Luckie

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Be A KING!

Martin Luther King Jr. - DREAMOn January 15, 2014 in honor of the 85th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., 1300 Community House Middle School students taught an awestruck online community a much needed lesson in dreaming!

From simple, clear promises to well thought-out pledges, student after student shared how they would contribute to Dr. King’s Dream of a better future. We got a glimpse of how society’s future citizens and civic leaders #DREAMFORWARD.

And here’s what I learned about our Dreamers. They not only understand the challenges we face and tackle them head-on, they understand their role today and the one they’ll play tomorrow in resolving them!

Our Dreamers were so unified in their #DREAMFORWARD message, it was difficult distinguishing race and ethnicity among them.

The scars left by our country’s blemished history ARE fading, and this gives me hope someday we will live in a society capable of self-correction.

I’m convinced our greatest chance of fulfilling Dr. King’s dream of equality and true freedom, rests within the genuine intentions of young people to not repeat the mistakes of the past, stand for what is right and vest in treating ALL people fairly with respect.

Thanks to Congressman John Lewis for providing our Dreamers their charge forward! Who better than you can speak to the sacrifice and reward of being willing to stand for justice? You epitomize civic leadership and we were thrilled to have you dreaming with us!:)

Thanks to our Dream Team coordinators, Principal Brooks, Katy Coffelt and CH teachers for your support in making this event happen! You folks ROCK!:)

And to our Community House Dreamers you outdid yourselves! Thanks to your vision, we’ll be tagging the #DREAMFORWARD Tumblr with dreams for MANY days to come!:)

NEVER stop dreaming. BE A KING!

Luckie

P.S. I’d be remiss. Our Dream Team has more than earned its dream…

It is our dream, as an administrative team, that public schools will stop participating in the type of labeling, sorting, and selecting that is so characteristic of our society as a whole. It is our dream that all students will have equity in education, where every student gets what he or she needs, regardless of background. It is our dream that every student will be taught at the highest possible levels and a rigorous academic course of instruction is available to all students. And it is our dream that doors will open for all students as a result of having received the best possible education our schools can offer. #DREAMFORWARD

Ongoing MLK Campaign: 100 Days of Nonviolence – The KING Center


#DREAMFORWARD Call To Action: Congressman John LEWIS, 1961 Freedom Rider

Congressman John LewisCongressman John LEWIS, 1961 Freedom Rider:

Fifty years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr., stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, turning it into a modern-day pulpit. He saw an America where men and women of all colors would be loved equally as God’s children. He invited us to not be satisfied until ‘justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream.’ We have come a long way in these fifty years, but we are not there yet. We need to find ways to share our common humanity, instead of finding differences to divide us. I am encouraged by #DREAMFORWARD’s efforts to reaffirm Dr. King’s Dream for the future. I hope young people are inspired by this observance to choose the way of peace, the way of love, the way of nonviolence. Young people are the future, and more than ever before, we need them to be unafraid to stand up for what is right, to speak up and speak out, to get in the way and to cause some good trouble in the name of a better America. We must dare to carry the dream of a world that is more fair and more just. If we do those things, if we keep the faith and keep our eyes on the prize, we can advance Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Dream in 2014 and beyond.”

All RACES. All AGES. One PURPOSE. #DREAMFORWARD


King’s DREAM. Sandra’s HOPE. A Community’s WORK. #DREAMFORWARD

Dr. Martin Luther KING Jr. On Wednesday January 15th, 2014 the world will pause in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s 85th birthday.

As a Nation, we will never forget Dr. King’s life and civic legacy.

As a person of color, whose southern-born Grandparents vested in the hope of the Civil Rights Movement, I can never detach from King’s Dream.

A multi-hued, non-violent army [that included my Ancestors] marched, rode, stood, sat, walked and suffered for a shared Dream. Dr. King gave his life fighting for the People’s Dream.

As beneficiaries of The Movement, we’re often viewed as the fulfillment of King’s Dream. But I ask, are we really?

Are we the fruit of the Civil Rights Movement if we’ve dismissed its most fundamental principle – service to our community? In 2014, are we living or merely reciting Dr. King’s Dream?

What are we doing to help others?

On January 15th 2010, historian Sandra TALIAFERRO penned her favorite blog post, A Friend Of Friends: Lessons From The Underground Railroad.

Sandra’s Roots The Gift narrative is one of hope for descendants on either side of a blemished history to rise and work collectively beyond it.

AFoF sparked in all of us. It was a catalyst leading to racially-mixed discussions on the research responsibility of slavery’s descendants, black and white.

AFoF prompted me to create the Carnival of African American Genealogy (CoAAG) and host its 1st Edition Restore My Name – Slave Records & Genealogy Research, a cross-cultural sharing of slave-related records.  And with CoAAG’s success, we went further to keep the exchange flowing with the launch of A Friend of Friends, a repository of slave documents researchers could contribute to and access online.

We knew oft times overlooked and/or dismissed historic documents, are the key to our research-challenged Slave Ancestry. We hoped our efforts would make a lasting difference.

King a world changer. Sandra a culture changer. Both Dreamers in a society capable of self-correcting its flaws.

Be true keepers of King’s Dream and Sandra’s hope, today. Accept the truth, we must change the world from where we stand. The work is OURS.

On January 15th for the 6th Edition Carnival of African American Genealogy, we’ll pledge dreams for the future via our #DREAMFORWARD Tumblr. Dreams big and small we’ll marry with ACTION in the days and years ahead.

Sandra friends will carry her community hope forward by reblogging her A Friend Of Friends: Lessons From The Underground Railroad wish and continuing the work of fostering a research community where Ancestors of all descendants are acknowledged and respected.

Please join us for BOTH!:)

All RACES. All AGES. One PURPOSE. #DREAMFORWARD