Click on the link below to read my latest column in The Indianapolis Recorder. Happy Family History Month! http://www.indianapolisrecorder.com/opinion/article_432e63de-f66f-11e9-ba17-6bfb715db58e.html Indianapolis Recorder, Saturday, March 28, 1970, page 3
Ms. Valencia Benham King Nelson 1928 – 2019
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Why A National Discussion On Reparations Is Necessary
Reparations is an important topic and worth serious discussion.
Note to my white self…
Imagine for a moment that someone owed you a great debt.
How would you feel…
… if that person laughed whenever you mentioned that debt?
…if they refused to acknowledge the debt existed, even when shown documentation confirming the debt?
…if they claimed that – if there ever was a debt – that it had already been paid?
…if they argued that – even if there was still an outstanding debt – it was unrealistic to think they would or could pay the debt?
…if they implied you should just forgive the debt and move on?
How would you feel?
Would you be angry toward that person?
Would you resent their wealth, knowing they owed you such a debt?
Would you doubt their oft repeated commitments to justice and equity?
Would you question their habit of extravagant spending on other priorities while pretending to…
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The Joy of Newspapers
Alma Cleveland at 9 years old. A few weeks ago, I was researching information in the Indianapolis Recorder on the origins of my church. The Indianapolis Recorder is the oldest running black newspaper in the state of Indiana and one of the oldest in the United States. The Indianapolis Recorder is digitized and completely available... Continue Reading →
“Roots tracing for African Americans”
As Hoosier History Live salutes Black History Month, Nelson's studio guest will be one of Indiana's top experts on African American roots-tracing. Indianapolis-based genealogist and librarian Nichelle M. Hayes.
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How to prepare your digital life for your passing.
Color and Conformity: Race and Integration in the Suburbs
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A Plan to Store Everything Ever Published in a 1,000-year Archive
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Women’s Improvement Club Indianapolis, Indiana
I was doing some research on one of my maternal lines. I came across a death certificate for my Great Aunt Frankie, who died June 30, 1933 of tuberculosis. Tuberculosis (TB) or consumption is a bacterial condition that usually affects the lungs. I reviewed the document and the names of the parents lined up,... Continue Reading →
How to build your Family Tree
I was recently inspired during a trip to one of the states of my ancestors, The Great State of Louisiana. Louisiana is also know as "The Sportsman's Paradise". Growing up my grandfather, Thomas Cleveland (II), was an avid hunter and fisherman. He kept hunting dogs and routinely went away to hunt with his friends. He... Continue Reading →