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The Cooking Gene with Michael Twitty

Host Bernice Bennett welcomes author, Michael W. Twitty for a discussion of his new book, The Cooking Gene - A Journey Through African American Culinary History in the Old South. Michael W. Twitty is also the author of Afroculinaria a food blog. As a food writer, independent scholar, culinary historian, and historical interpreter, he is personally charged with preparing, preserving and promoting African American foodways and its parent traditions in Africa and her Diaspora and the legacy...

Duration: 01:08:00

Haiti and the Civil War with Marvin T. Jones

"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

The Price For Their Pound of Flesh with Daina Ramsey Berry, Ph.D.

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: 01:04:28

Remember the Ladies with Angela P. Dodson

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

Indian Territory Freedmen Family History

The panelist will focus on Indian Territory Freedmen Family History and resources. Angela Walton-Raji is known nationally for her genealogical and historical research and work on Civil War west of the Mississippi, as well as her work on Oklahoma Native-American records. Her book, “Black Indian Genealogy Research” is the only book of its kind focusing on the unique record set reflecting Freedmen found within the Dawes Records. She also includes several chapters and documents in her book,...

Duration: 01:44:54

IAAM Center for Family History with Toni Carrier and Robin Foster

The International African American Museum's Center for Family History is a one of a kind research center with a special focus on African American genealogy. You can visit the IAAM CFH website at The exhibitions at the IAAM will use groundbreaking research to inform cutting-edge exhibit techniques, bringing historical events to life. The exhibition features eight distinct chapters that guide visitors through the African American story. Visitors begin in West...

Duration: 01:13:42

Malagasy Roots with Wendy Wilson Fall, PhD and Teresa Vega

Wendy Wilson Fall and Teresa Vega will share the history and origin of Malagasy Roots and how DNA testing can help identify your Malagasy ancestry. Wendy Wilson Fall is Associate Professor and Program Chair of the Africana Studies Program at Lafayette College. Wilson-Fall has a PhD from Howard University’s African Studies Center, with a concentration in Social Anthropology. Her research engages questions of socio-cultural change and ethnic identity. She has published numerous journal...

Duration: 01:21:18

The African American Odyssey of John Kizell with Kevin Lowther

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

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

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

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

My Free People of Color and Those Classified as Melungeon - Gigi Best-Richardson

Gigi Best is an Author, Historian, Genealogist, Poet, Playwright, Journalist, Speaker and Antiquarian Bookstore Owner. While earning her A.A. and B.S. Degrees, she was awarded Who’s Who in American Universities and Colleges. While in her M. A. Program in English Literature and History, she received the All American Scholar awards. As a Federal Retiree she earned the Citation for Exemplary Civil Service to the United States Air Force 2002-2004. She is a recipient of the Phillis Wheatley...

Duration: 01:21:00

How I Met My US Family with Daniel Horowitz

Daniel has built his personal family tree and helped others do the same for more than 30 years. He archived many goals during this time: finding documents, interviewing family members, visiting archives and cemeteries, connecting long lost relatives and using techniques that proved to be more -or less- successful. Daniel will share the resources and repositories used in the United States and the world to find his American Family, giving examples of what to do and what not to do to help you...

Duration: 00:56:51

The Beyond Kin Project with Frazine Taylor

Frazine Taylor has helped people of all ethnic backgrounds to research their family history for over 25 years. However she has witnessed firsthand the frustration and disappointment of African-Americans when the research gets to the year of 1870, and for some, 1866, where they hit the predictable “brick wall.” You can’t go around it, get under it, or go through it, because there is no hope or help! Frazine K. Taylor and Donna Cox Baker conceived the Beyond Kin Project in 2016 as a way to...

Duration: 00:58:14

Greatest Genealogical Moments with Scott Fisher

Scott Fisher - Extreme Genes is a natural for Fisher, a Connecticut native, who has been in radio since his youth, and has spent three decades of spare time as a passionate roots sleuth. A long-time morning show host, Fisher is the author of New York City Methodist Marriages, 1785-1893,Picton Press, 1994. He has also been published in the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society Journal (April 2004), and Catholic Ancestor, Journal of the Catholic Family History Society of England...

Duration: 01:04:14

My Extreme Ancestry with Karen Batchelor

Karen Batchelor will share the many unexpected twists and turns on her 40-year family history journey and how what she has learned from the past has changed her life. Karen started doing genealogy because of a New Year’s resolution in 1976 - before the Internet and computers. By 1977, she became the first known Black woman to be admitted for membership in Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Since then, Karen has discovered ancestors who were slaves and slaveowners, patriots and...

Duration: 01:08:16

Cultural Heritage in the West African Country of Benin - Nathalie Blanc Chekete

Cultural Heritage in the Republic of Benin: What the country has to offer and it has in store for the years ahead. Nathalie Blanc Chekete is Haitian and Canadian (Afro-descendant) and has lived Haiti; Canada; France; Brasil and now Benin. She received a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from the University of Quebec in Montreal and a Master’s degree in international marketing management (Boston University). She has more than 15 years of experience, in Project and Customer Experience...

Duration: 01:01:12

Searching for Records of Incarceration with Sharon Batiste Gillins

Have you ever considered searching records of incarceration to find your ancestors? Whether researching a notorious family outlaw or a victim of early 20th century justice, there’s a good chance that you have an ancestor who has been incarcerated. Researching records of incarceration at local, state or federal penal institutions can reveal valuable family history information and also document shameful community patterns of social and economic abuse against blacks. Join Sharon Batiste...

Duration: 01:01:22

Making Gullah: A History of Sapelo Islanders... with Melissa L. Cooper

Melissa L. Cooper is an Assistant Professor in the Department of History at Rutgers University-Newark. Cooper’s ground breaking book, Making Gullah: A History of Sapelo Islanders, Race and the American Imagination, published by the University of North Carolina Press, is a fascinating history. Using Sapelo Island as a case study, Cooper unearths the intellectual and cultural trends that inspired, and continues to inspire, fascination with low country blacks and the African roots of their...

Duration: 01:08:05

Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine,Exploitation of Black Bodies - Dr. Shawn Utsey

Shawn Utsey is the Interim Chair of African American Studies and Professor of Psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University. He received his PhD(1997) from Fordham University. The film - Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine and the Exploitation of Black Bodies was released in 2011. This film sparked renewed interest in honoring the remains of 44 people (most were African American Descent) whose bodies have been used in medical research. The remains were found in a well on the VCU Medical...

Duration: 01:07:47

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