This Week's Pod Cast


Hello and welcome back to the African Roots Podcast.
Today is Friday the 18th day of September, 2009
My names is Angela Walton-Raji
You can always reach me at

Upcoming Events

Saturday Sep 26
Detroit Public Library, The Burton Historical collection presents the 4th Annual Family History Festival. This is an all day event from 9- 6:00 pm. Dr Deborah Abbot well known genealogists and specialist in African American research is one of the many inspiring presenters.

Washington DC -September 26
Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian—Blended Families-Tracing African & Native American genealogy workshop. Free to the public and at the Museum site in Washington DC 1:00-2:30 pm. Presenter: Angela Walton-Raji

Chicago African. American Genealogical & Historical society ANNUAL RESEARCH TRIP TO FT. WAYNE-Allen County Library. September 26-27. In October this same group is holding their Annual Conference. Keynote speaker will be Dr. Spencer Crew—Professor of History of George Mason University, and former Director of the National UGRR Freedom Center Location: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints— S. University Avenue in Chicago.

Some Interesting Links:

A discussion on AfriGeneas .com lunch group revealed the presence of an African American population in Montana. For reference here are some interesting links for you on Montana’s rich black history including a wonderful Montana Black History Timeline.

I stumbled on a fascinating site called . Listen to some early recordings of the Fisk Jubilee Quartet, Louis Armstrong, Clara Smith and many more. Also take note of Voices from the days of Slavery as well.

Many of the voices were from the Low County of So. Carolina, but there were voices from other parts of the south as well.

Something caught my attention—a reference to a sale of materials in Maine—that occurred in 2005.
There was a purchase of some rare black memorabilia—including some silent film footage of African American middle class life in the 1920s in Oklahoma. This filming was the brainchild of Rev. Solomon Sir Jones, who also travelled to Arkansas, Kansas City, Denver, and beyond. Currie Ballard a historian and collector in residence at Langston University in Oklahoma was able to acquire the collection and hoped to get an institution to purchase and to preserve this rare collection. Though nothing has emerged in the press yet, that the cans of film have been preserved or digitized—-however—there is a glimpse of some of these images—film clips that one can get on the website of the American Heritage Magazine.

There are 11 small clips—-some only 10 seconds long and others over a minute in length, that are there as a preview. These are silent films—-so only video with no narration—but these are rare images of a community once attacked for its prosperity and then 6 years later was still thriving. It is a rare glimpse of a life often spoken of, and rarely seen.

You are all encouraged to share your research and share your projects with each other. For some interesting success stories, visit the African Ancestored Group on

Thanks for listening, Remember, keep researching, keep documenting and please, keep sharing what you find.

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