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African Roots Podcast Episode #221 June 28, 2013

This Week's Pod Cast


Welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
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Well good to be back, even though this has been an amazing week of news and goings on all over the place. The news has been a roller coaster all week. We are all saying our prayers for our beloved Nelson Mandela in South Africa, and if it is time for his transition we pray for a smooth transition. And of course decisions all over the place from the Supreme Court including the gutting of the Voting Rights Act and so much more. News this week also topsy turvy over the issue of the cooking guru Paula Deen. A special salute to culinary historian Michael Twitty has taken time to write a fitting response who has put things in perspective. His name on Twitter is @KosherSoul. He has put things into proper perspective and gotten many of us to settle and his profoundly moving letter, kind of brings a degree of normalcy during a week that has been a trying week news wise. Thank you Michael, for helping us to all put things back in perspective.

Well the 4th of July Holiday approaches, and barbecues are being planned. In addition family reunions are also unfolding and for the next 6 weeks or so, this is a great time for the family to celebrate itself. I am excited to see the family reunions being shared on Facebook, and a salute to the Taylor Family Reunion that will be celebrating the 60th consecutive family reunion in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.

Well it is two weeks away–I am talking about MAAGI, The Midewestern African American Genealogical Institute in St. Louis Missouri. Our goal is to allow participants to embrace a new community and that we come together, mentor each other, share and organize to make the better journey for each other and for those who follow us. It is only two weeks away. We have folks coming from both coasts and from Minnesota to the Gulf Coast, so we are excited!

July is also an historic month for those who are members of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority and over 47,000 African American women will be gathering in Washington DC the weekend of July 16th. A warm salute to the women who will be celebrating in Washington that weekend.

Last night’s Bernice Bennett Show, was a real treat. If you have had questions about DNA, she had two guests who addressed DNA and what it means, and her guests addressed the issues for family history research. Her guests were CeCe Moore, and Shannon Christmas, who handled questions from the chat room and also from callers. The data was fascinating that they shared and they cleared up many concepts for callers and chatters in the room while the show aired.

We are all keeping our eyes open for reports from the work of the lady who steps outside of the box. I am speaking about Drusilla Pair who has insights to share with us about her taking local community history to the stage. Her blog is called Find Your Folks Hopefully we will get some details about how that inter-generational experience in which she involved young people in her play and getting the community to learn some local history, via drama.

Pay attention to the discussion taking place on an old favorite site. is still a very busy places, on the Message Board, and of course there are over 20 message boards on AfriGeneas.,/strong>

A new book is coming out in August that I will mention here. Black Slaves Indian Masters by Dr. Barbara Krauthamer addresses the issues of slavery as it occurred in the Native American South.

If you have not done so yet, there is still time to register for the FGS Conference coming up on August in Ft. Wayne Indiana. Please take time to look at the schedule and to consider joining the fun there.

Thanks so much for listening and taking time to listen. In the meantime, keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find.

African Roots Podcast Episode # 220 June 21, 2013

This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast!
You can reach me at

Well I am so excited to be home after two weeks of travel. I attended the Southern California Genealogy Jamboree, and then the Samford University Institute of Genealogical & Historical Research. And now I am getting ready to attend MAAGI in St. Louis Missouri. MAAGI will be the first genealogy institute hosted by an historically black institution.

By the way, yes, I have a different theme song–I decided to open a new theme song, this week, and I will be making some new changes to the website, giving it a new look and other things. I am still working on my computer technical problems which began last week when I was out of town. A new computer is probably in line in the next several weeks but hopefully will be over soon.

Did you have a chance to do something to commemorate Juneteeth? I hope that you will take a look at how Low County Africana handled this significant holiday. They launched 7 Days of Juneteenth, releasing new records every day for the past week. I love the approach to honoring the significance, and by releasing new records every day. I hope that this holiday encourages us to tell the family’s “freedom story.” Let’s make the effort to learn how freedom came to our ancestors.

With the events coming up, in August there is the FGS Annual Conference. This is a great time for you and for your organization to grow at the annual conference in Ft. Wayne Indiana.

By the way send a warm wish to Drusilla Pair who is taking her talents to the stage this evening. She has written a play that will be on the stage tonight at a community theatre. Juneteenth Jubilee is the name of the play and her play airs tonight. Send some good wishes her way. She is on Facebook and Twitter and you can also email her. The genealogy community is paying attention and she has taken her talents far outside of the box! Let’s wish her well.

Perhaps this is time for us all to consider reaching out and mentoring others. We should try to encourage others whom we know who have talent, but who are shy, hesitant or a bit intimidated by the online community. Sometimes we have to stop and think about others who are on the side admiring what we do, when they themselves have wonderful talents. We should make a commitment to reaching out to those whom we know who have talents, knowledge and something to shares. There is a lot of positive energy and a great circle of bloggers, writers, speakers, and we should make the effort to become a mentor–a peer mentor—our admirers are not lacking in talent. Let’s commit to sharing and learning and encourage. In the meantime, remember to keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find!