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Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia - Lynn Rainville

5/18/2018
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Lynn Rainville is the Acting Dean of Sweet Briar College, where she also directs the Tusculum Institute for Public History. Although her PhD is in Near Eastern archaeology, she has spent the last two decades studying historic American cemeteries, segregated schools, enslaved communities, poor farms, and World War I. She is the author of several books, includingthe recently released Virginia and the Great War (2018), Hidden History: African American Cemeteries in Central Virginia (2014),...

Duration:01:07:00

How To Keep Your Family Connected with Mitzi Perdue

5/11/2018
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Mitzi Perdue will provide tips, techniques and checklists to help families thrive. One of the most important parts of this has to do with knowing your family’s stories. We are the stories we tell ourselves, and if we don’t know our family stories, it’s in its own way, a little like having Alzheimer’s Disease. Without memories we lose one of the most basic factors that makes us us. Mitzi Perdue holds degrees from Harvard University and George Washington University, is a past president of...

Duration:00:57:44

By Any Other Name: An Exploration of Afro-Amerindian Heritage with Steven Gayle

4/27/2018
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By Any Other Name: An Exploration of Afro-Amerindian Heritage is a documentary film that discusses the interactions between Africans and American Indians from in the United States, with an emphasis on the state of Georgia in the 18th through the 20th Centuries. Steven D. Gayle is a filmmaker and educator originally from Philadelphia, PA now residing in the Atlanta area. Steven earned his Bachelor’s in History Education from The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and a Master of Arts...

Duration:00:54:34

We Are Family - The O'Kelleys - Joyce Ann Huston and Argie Hoskins-Shumway

4/20/2018
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The O'Kelleys will discuss building bridges and healing the divide in the racial culture of America. They are an example that the horrible system from the past of slavery doesn’t have to linger into hate or dislike between races today. Many Americans share DNA of mixed ancestry. We must come together as a nation understanding that we really are all family! Joyce Ann Huston from St. Louis, MO is a vocalist, trumpeter & genealogist enthusiast that began following a presentation on her family...

Duration:01:09:18

Early 19th Century Baltimore Tax Records: Noreen Goodson and Donna Tyler Hollie

4/13/2018
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This show will focus on the value of researching enslaved ancestors, free people of color and identifying the slaveholders in tax records in an Urban community such as Baltimore in the early 19th century. Donna Tyler Hollie received an MA and a Ph.D. in History. After retirement as an administrator with the Baltimore City Department of Social Services, she served for thirteen years as professor of History and Chair of the Social Science Department at Sojourner-Douglass College. She has...

Duration:01:01:14

The Price for Their Pound of Flesh with Daina Ramey Berry

4/6/2018
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The Price for Their Pound of Flesh includes photographs, illustrations, newspaper clippings, advertisements, extensive lists of appraisal and sale values, quotes, poems, letters, and songs from the time period. Additionally, Berry’s focus on sharing a diversity of stories of and from enslaved people illuminates their experiences and feelings in direct response to their understanding of their monetary values and position as property. “Despite being traded as commodities from the womb to the...

Duration:01:04:16

Family Pictures USA with Thomas Allen Harris

3/23/2018
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Family Pictures USA is a television series and transmedia project that explores neighborhoods and cities through the lens of the family photo album. Hosted by Thomas Allen Harris, this innovative television series enlarges our understanding of history, our diversity, and our shared values. Thomas Allen Harris is a critically acclaimed artist who uses film, video, photography, and performance to explore family and identity. Harris' work has been broadcast internationally and exhibited at...

Duration:00:57:17

Left Behind: Peonage and Involuntary Servitude with Antoinette Harrell

2/9/2018
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Antoinette Harrell a Peonage Detective has spent countless hours in the National Archives in Washington, D.C., conducting peonage research in Class 50 (Peonage) Litigation Case Files, 1907 – 1973. The Class 50 litigation case files were created or accumulated by the Civil Rights Division in carrying out the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) responsibilities in matters arising under statutes implementing the Thirteenth Amendment to the Constitution. Many African Americans were physically forced...

Duration:01:06:51

GLEAMNS Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Site with Christopher B. Thomas

2/2/2018
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The GLEAMNS Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historical Preservation Site has been established on the campus of GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission is located in the old African-American Brewer Hospital, the site and source of African-American healthcare in Greenwood County before desegregation. The site, adjacent to and part of the old Brewer School has its origins back to 1872, was chosen because of its historical significance to black life in Greenwood County. The birth home of Dr. Mays, previously...

Duration:01:04:26

African American History Etched in My DNA with Andre Kearns

1/26/2018
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Andre Kearns's research comes from the perspective of an African American genealogy hobbyist. Advances in DNA testing offer African Americans the possibility of leapfrogging brick walls created by slavery to connect to ancestral roots by analyzing family history documented within DNA. Andre will share strategies he’s used to advance his research as a hobbyist and highlight how he’s leveraged DNA testing to reveal white slave owning ancestors, uncover free people of color ancestors and...

Duration:01:14:15

Discovering Ties to Slavery With Genealogy and DNA with Nicka Smith

1/19/2018
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The history of slavery in America has made our DNA a complex cultural stew. In this episode, Nicka Smith combine traditional genealogy and DNA research to trace back to previously unknown but well documented enslaved ancestors. Nicka Smith is a professional photographer, speaker, host, and documentarian with more than 18 years of experience as a genealogist. She has extensive experience in African ancestored genealogy, reverse genealogy, and family reunion planning and execution. She is...

Duration:01:26:00

The Genealogy Do-Over for 2018 with Thomas MacEntee

1/12/2018
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The Genealogy Do-Over (https://genealogydo-over.com) is an online educational initiative to improve genealogical and family history research skills. The Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/genealogydoover/) has over 15,000 members working through the monthly topics provided by genealogy author and educator Thomas MacEntee. The goal of The Genealogy Do-Over is not to wallow in regrets over the mistakes we've made with our genealogy in the past. Do-Over members are willing to set...

Duration:01:00:09

Writing and Self-Publishing Your Family Stories with Kathy Marshall

1/5/2018
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In 2017, Kathy Kanika Marshall wrote, The Ancestors Are Smiling! which is a collection of uplifting, funny, touching and sometimes harrowing real life stories, creatively told by Kathy Marshall’s ancestors and their descendants. For example, Marshall’s great-grandmother, Ella, worked for a congressman who helped convince President Lincoln to issue the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, making it possible for her second great-grandmother, Margaret, to transport her five enslaved children in...

Duration:01:11:25

Sons and Daughters of the US Middle Passage

10/27/2017
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Host Bernice Bennett welcomes Dr. Evelyn McDowell, LaBrenda Garrett Nelson, and Muriel D. Roberts for a discussion on a new lineage society - the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage. The discussion will focus on the organization (creation & purpose); why join a lineage society and the process to join this society. Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage (SDUSMP) is a lineage society that is a non-profit, charitable 501(c)3 organization dedicated to the...

Duration:01:11:05

Haiti and the Civil War with Marvin T. Jones

10/6/2017
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"The Civil War is sometimes called the Second Haitian Revolution. For over seventy years pro-slavers feared Haiti, and the enslaved and abolitionists found great hope from Toussaint Louverture and Haiti. Marvin T. Jones details the actions of enslaved and abolitionists who were encouraged by the Haitian Revolution, Haiti’s own involvement in offering freedom to people of color. And, why Haiti was so important to keeping alive the hope that all Americans would be free. American leaders who...

Duration:01:09:25

Remember the Ladies with Angela P. Dodson

9/8/2017
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Angela P. Dodson documents one of the longest, most hard-won struggles for civil rights in our country’s history. Her approach to this history is inclusive, detailing the contributions of activists from various movements, women and men, of different races, religions and politics who helped bring about the victory to secure the right to vote for women. She also documents women’s political gains since that milestone. This book, complete with beautiful photographs and illustrations, will help...

Duration:00:47:17

The African American Odyssey of John Kizell with Kevin Lowther

7/28/2017
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The African American Odyssey of John Kizell (A South Carolina Slave Returns to Fight the Slave Trade in His African Homeland) Join host Bernice Bennett and co-host Natonne Elaine Kemp for an engaging conversation with author and historian Kevin G. Lowther about the the life of a Sierra Leonean who survived slavery in Charleston, South Carolina, and served with British forces during the American Revolution. He eventually returned to his homeland, where he campaigned among his people to end...

Duration:00:59:32

A Journey Story from Piedmont, WV to The Virginia Piedmont -Leontyne Clay Peck

7/21/2017
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Leontyne Clay Peck shares the story of her journey from Piedmont, WV to the Virginia Piedmont, better known as the land of the Presidents-Jefferson, Madison and Monroe. Since age 10, Leontyne has heard "whispers" from the ancestors and intrigued by family connections. Her fourteen year journey revealed her family connections to Senator Henry Clay of Kentucky, President Thomas Jefferson and most recently to President James Madison (with the enslaved community of Montpelier). In her...

Duration:01:10:00

Fathers of Conscience with Bernie D. Jones, PhD, JD

7/7/2017
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Rebroadcast How the courts dealt with wills bequeathing property or freedom to mixed race children. Fathers of Conscience examines high-court decisions in the antebellum South that involved wills in which white male planters bequeathed property, freedom, or both to women of color and their mixed-race children. These men, whose wills were contested by their white relatives, had used trusts and estates law to give their slave partners and children official recognition and thus circumvent the...

Duration:00:57:11

African American History Etched in My DNA with Andre Kearns

6/30/2017
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Andre Kearns's research comes from the perspective of an African American genealogy hobbyist. Advances in DNA testing offer African Americans the possibility of leapfrogging brick walls created by slavery to connect to ancestral roots by analyzing family history documented within DNA. Andre will share strategies he’s used to advance his research as a hobbyist and highlight how he’s leveraged DNA testing to reveal white slave owning ancestors, uncover free people of color ancestors and...

Duration:01:17:00

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