For over 400 years, more than 15 million men, women and children were the victims of the tragic transatlantic slave trade, one of the darkest chapters in human history. Remembering my ancestors and all the others who survived enslavement and carved a path into freedom and created a legacy for our country. You are remembered.
Today is Juneteenth and I can't imagine what my ancestors would think of all of their descendants and the many things they have accomplished. This year President Joe Biden signed a law making Juneteenth a national holiday. For some people this is performative. For me this is a small step in helping the country to acknowledge the history and emancipation of Black people in this country.
Black History Starts with Your FAMILY
Every Day is Black History - How much do you know about your family? Maternal (mother) & Paternal (Father). Do you know which side is which? Do you know the name of all 4 of your grandparents? Big Mama & PaPaw are nice. Learn their government names. Ask them about their history if they are... Continue Reading →
2014 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair
The 2014 National Archives Virtual Genealogy Fair begins TODAY! http://www.archives.gov/calendar/genealogy-fair/ Take time to check out this wonderful resource. Do you wish you could attend a great genealogy fair, but you lack the time and money. Well here's your chance. This fair is as close as your nearest wifi connection. Visit the National Archives for the 2014 Virtual... Continue Reading →
It's important not to have knee-jerk reactions to images on the internet. Google recently posted a Google Doodle Tribute to Harriet Tubman. As a student of history I immediately recognized the picture and was excited about clicking on the link and learning more information. On Twitter a well known entertainer blasted the Doodle as racist... Continue Reading →
Roland L. Hayes – Gospel Singer
[/contact-form] Roland (at the end on the far left) Roland Hayes was born in Smith Grove, KY on April 1, 1915. He was a gospel singer in Kentucky and later in Indianapolis, IN. He was the father of Ronzo and Albert. He also worked as a night watchman at Cornell-Dubilier company from 1951 - 1954.... Continue Reading →
Family Sheros and Heroes – Black History Month
This month I will be posting stories about some of the important people in my family. Black History Month is always a great time to reflect on significant people in our history. No people are more important than the ones closest to us. If you have a person you would like to share, email it... Continue Reading →