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You Got Roots?! People of Color Where Are We on the Journey?

The Half Has Never Been Told: Slavery and the Making of American CapitalismTonight at 6PM ET we return to our You Got Roots?! virtual round-table to talk with Cornell University Historian Edward E. Baptist about his recent Chicago Sun-Times op-ed, American finance grew on the back of slaves and catching-up with genealogy blogger Taneya Koonce on her recent JET Magazine feature, Rooted In Family History.

We’re taking a ‘pulse-check’ on where People of Color are on the journey to restore their family legacies – past and present.

Both Ed and Taneya have projects in the making that are of HUGE interest to African American researchers tracing their slave ancestry! So STAY TUNED!

Tonight’s Program:

  • Welcome and You Got Roots Intros
  • Let’s Talk Interview — Ed Baptist and Taneya Koonce
  • Twitter & Chat Community Questions/Comments — what would you like to know or share? Dial-in:  (347) 838-8307
  • Weekly TECH TIP — Family Tree Building! Tools & Best Practices by Taneya Koonce
  • Wrap-up!:)

Alright y’all 6PM ET! In the words of Marvin………………… LET’S GET IT ON!:)

Luckie | @AAGSARFacebook | #YouGotRoots #YGRLetsTalk


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?!


It’s ALL a Leap of Faith! Welcome to AAGSAR!

DREAMFORWARD Inspiration #5Yesterday when Bernita of Voices Inside My Head commented she’d be willing to take a leap of faith in joining our Twitter genealogy community, I responded quickly with the truth:

“The way AAGSAR approaches genealogy research and leverages smart technology has not been done before. It’s ALL a leap of faith! So KEEP FLYING!:)”

I wish I were smart and/or discerning enough to have planned all of this, but I’m not. All I knew in August when I felt the *nudge* was it was time to return to my Ancestor research, and I wanted to help as many researchers as possible progress. That’s how AAGSAR began.

Every time I ask AAGSAR Members to GO HARD — the Ancestors make me reciprocate!:)

I think of the folks who joined AAGSAR steadfast against blogging, who are now among of our shining stars — and teachers! The countless “cousin connections” and DNA analysis we’ve enjoyed. The tremendous amount of teaching, support and real make you lose LOTS of sleep Ancestor work happening in community daily. The community members who QUICKLY stick-up for me when somebody steps out of line and have nicknamed me The Principal. The way EVERYBODY steps-up to give our Newbies what they need to settle in.

We might be virtual but we ARE Family! I’m charged with making sure the needs of our family — and Ancestors — are taken care of. You Got Roots is yet another leap to that end!

New family and friends, You Got Roots should make it easier for those outside AAGSAR’s Facebook Community to connect and keep up with our latest and greatest!:)

So get ready AAGSAR Tribe and friends, 2014 is going to be one heck of a year and we’re no longer flying y’all — we’re SOARING!:)

Happy New Year Family!

Luckie
Our Georgia Roots | Our Alabama Roots | Daniels Is My Name


AAGSAR GENEALOGY BLOGGERS: Tooting Their ANCESTOR Horns!:)

Old Freedman ~ Marshall, Texas 1939 Last Update: 17 Decemeber 2013

Don’t EVER allow anyone to tell you African American researchers aren’t taking their Ancestor challenges seriously, digging deep and bringing their family histories online [in mass] for community sharing and preservation!

To quote AAGSAR Tribe Member Kristin CLEAGE of Finding Eliza:

“…Got to say I’m so happy my cousins are sending me copies of all the documents and photos that they find in drawers and boxes and are happy for me to put it online and share. I think one reason many people don’t do a blog or use technology is because nobody ever told them they could, or how they could. The more of us that do it, the more of us that will do it.”

Our African American Genealogy and Slave Ancestry Research (AAGSAR) group hosted via Facebook has supported nearly 200 BRICK SLAYERS and 55 genealogy blog contributors (30 of those NEW bloggers) since kicking-off just 90 days ago!

Our Ancestors have entrusted us to tell their stories. We’re committed to preserving our individual family legacies and moving our collective community research forward.

If you have ANY DOUBT, spend time visiting the AAGSAR Genealogy Blogs below!

Yes indeed, I’m tooting ALL your ANCESTOR horns!

Well done Good People!:)

Luckie

AAGSAR GENEALOGY BLOGS