This Week's Pod Cast
Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast! My name is Angela Walton-Raji and you can reach me at
Today is New Year’s Eve, and this is a good time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to the future.
The year for me was good with travel everywhere from Reno NV, to western Arkansas, Eastern Oklahoma, and down south to Birmingham, Alabama. I attended a family event, and later a history event in Reno, for Bethel AME Church.
I met some new people, including a man who descended from the slave owner’s family of my Oklahoma ancestors. I appreciate the relationship that I now share with Colin Kelly of Eastern Oklahoma as we both continue to search for ancestors on our shared history.
I also attended some great conferences from Oklahoma such as the Choctaw-Chickasaw Freedmen conference, to the Story Teller’s conference in Muskogee. And the Institute of Genealogical Research at Samford in Alabama opened my eyes to so many new things, new projects and new opportunities.
I appreciate all of the friends I spent time with, old and new, and I look eagerly to the future.
I must, on this eve of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War, direct you to a wonderful site: About our Freedom. This site created by Robin Foster is a blog that you must visit. It is devoted to those first days of Freedom and the history of what happened to our ancestors during those critical years as freedom emerged. You might know Robin’s work fro Saving Stories—-well this blog is a must!
On the eve of the Civil War I can announce that I also will be uploading a new blog devoted to the US Colored Troops. By next week, it will be up and running.
So—let us move towards this New Year, with renewed vigor to research the past, find the documents—and to get the story right. By doing so, we will be able to call our ancestors’ names.
So keep doing what you do, keep researching, keep documenting, and keep sharing what you find.
Have a Happy New Year!!