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Lots of events to share for this month:

Arkansas History Musuem Brown Bag Lunches
February 5th:

Tuesday, February 8 12:00 – 1:00 Arkansas’s Anarchy Law and People of Color: An Unusual Case from 1934 The case concerns a group of Asian organizers who came to northeastern Arkansas during the summer of 1934, to recruit members for a movement that encouraged African Americans to look to Japan as the protector of the “colored races.” They specifically targeted places that had been active in the Marcus Garvey movement in the 1920s. The speaker is Prof. Ken Barnes of Univ. of Central Arkansas.

February 15, Arkansas R & B Legacy
February 22, Little Toddler Beginnings Program 10:30 –
February 22, William Hines Furnbush – Afr. Am politician during Reconstruction

February 12 -Oklahoma Historical Society Presents at Ft. Gibson: Before the Buffalo Soldiers—Afr. American in Civil War in Indian Territory. There will be a special exhibit, living history presentation, and video. Please call (918)478-4088 with questions. Refreshments afterwards. Site admission free during hours of event.

February 12 – Central Maryland Chapter of the African American Historical & Genealogical Society presents African Libation Ceremony. 11-1 PM
St. John Baptist Church, 9055 Tamar Dr., Columbia MD Co-sponsored by the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, Central Maryland Chapte & St. John Baptist Church Heritage

by Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society on Saturday, January 29, 2011 at 1:30pm
Two stories of African American family history – one with links to Canada from Alabama and Kentucky; the other featuring a song memory traced through generations from Georgia to Africa – will be featured presentations during the Fifth Annual Conference of the Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society (BBAAGHS), Feb. 18-19 in Selma, AL A reception and the showing of the documentary, “The Language You Cry In,” will open the conference on Friday. The conference is open to anyone and should be of particular interest to those living in or with ancestry in the 12 counties of Alabama’s Black Belt region. For information or to register, visit the website, or send an email to

The National Archives has an interesting series of lectures also:
February 8th An Example for All the Land: Emancipation and the Struggle over Equality in Washington, DC In her book An Example for All the Land, Kate Masur discusses Washington, DC, during the period of Reconstruction after the Civil War. The city became a laboratory for political experimentation as the question of racial equality produced a debate about black Washingtonians and their demands for public respect, equal access to employment, public services, and the right to vote. A book signing will follow the program.

Spies and Conspiracies: Espionage in the Civil War Ken Daigler, former employee of the CIA will discuss his work and his book about Black Dispatches: Black American Contributions to Union Intelligence During the Civil War.

Emancipation Records, Washington DC: Damani Davis, archivist, teaches this month’s “beyond the basic” archival research skills for genealogists, held on the third Wednesday of each month (all skill levels welcome).

From Delaware State Archives: First Saturdays
Programs on Civil War-era Delaware anchor First Saturday events Dover, Del.: Visitors are going to hear the untold stories of black Delawareans during First Saturday programs. On Feb. 5. Syl Woolford will discuss the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, which many Delawareans joined. He’ll share those stories and more during a discussion, The United States Colored Troops in the Civil War, at 10:30 a.m. at the Delaware Public Archives For more info was in the Dover Post.

National Archives Atlanta Georgia and Church of Latter Day Saint present: Black Family History Day Program On Feb. 26, the National Archives at Atlanta in conjunction with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will sponsor “Continuing the Journey of Generations,” a black family history symposium and luncheon. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the National Archives, 5780 Jonesboro Road, Morrow, GA.

The metro Atlanta chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society will hold its next meeting at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, 101 Auburn Ave, Atlanta. The guest speaker will be Morehouse College professor Larry H. Spruill, and his presentation topic will be “Ancestral Beginnings, Diasporas, and Genealogy.”

News from An expanded collection of African American Documents.
• Slave Owner Petitions, Washington, D.C., 1862-1863
• Slave Emancipation Records, Washington, D.C., 1851-1863
• Savannah, Georgia, Slave Manifests, 1811-1860
• Adams County, Mississippi, Slave Certificates, 1858-1861
• U.S. Freedmen Bureau Records of Field Offices, 1865-1878
• U.S. Colored Troops Military Service Records, 1861-1865
• New Orleans, Louisiana, Slave Manifests, 1807-1860
• 1910 United States Federal Census
• Slave Narratives

February 26th 2011 Greenville SC Library Presents Tony Burroughs More on his presentation will can be found HERE.

With all of these events I hope that you will begin to think of strategy. As you attend events you may want to think about walking away with something new that you can use, a new database perhaps, a new mapping too, or perhaps consider using a new method of outlining your own projects. We all have out reasons for attending events—but this is a good year to consider going to those events that will help you to increase your own skill set. There are many events out there and I hope you will come away with new motivation to try a new method to tell that story.

Well thanks for listening, I appreciate your being there. Please keep doing what you do: Keep researching, keep documenting and keep sharing what you find

2 Responses to “African Roots Podcast #96 February 4, 2011”

  1. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Angela Y.Walton-Raji, Miss Dazey. Miss Dazey said: RT @AYWalton: Events for Blk Hist. Month, New docs on Ancestry, thinking about research strategy. Episode #96 […]

  2. Mavis says:

    Thanks for the info on Tony Burroughs.

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