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 African Roots

Am coming to you from Little Rock Arkansas and I urge you to take a look at the workshops and if you are within a 2-3 hour drive, consider coming and listening to the presentations.
Here is a detailed schedule of events.

There is a Call for Papers for the Underground Railroad Conference for April 2012. Proposals are
now being invited for the conference with the them, “The UGR Turned On Its Head – Old Themes, New Directions” The Eleventh Annual Underground Railroad Public History Conference. They are looking for proposals that address reinterpretations, new research, teaching using new research, and showing how such research can be used to celebrate the story historically and contemporarily, as well as other proposals related to the Underground Railroad in the past and its relationship with us today.

Proposals may be for a 60-minute panel session, workshop, cultural/artistic activity, media production, poster, or other exhibit that addresses these questions and this theme. When possible, activities should encourage audience interaction. Proposals should include: title, brief content description, type of presentation, names and contact information of presenters, target audience, and technology needs. Proposals should be submitted by September 30, 2011 Via postal mail to URHPCR, PO Box 10851, Albany NY 12201 or via email to

Don’t forget next month’s events at the Allen County Public Library.

I hope that some of you will develop an interest in a number of archaelogical projects underway. They are wonderful ways to learn more about the ancestors, and to learn about how they lived, and where they lived. A link was shared with me about an discovery in Maryland, and it made me revisit a project going on in central Oklahoma, on the estate of slave owner Robert Jones. We need to look at these projects and to consider learning what is taking place in the ancestral communities where our ancestors lived. Were your ancestors enslaved on a large estate? Has it been preserved and the sites where the ancestors lived—are they preserved and have their stories from those sites been studied? Wonderful stories emerge from those places, and hopefully our interest in the local area, will include the work or anthropologists and archaeologists as well.

Well, thanks for listening to this week’s episode, and please keep doing what you do. Keep researching, keep documenting and please keep sharing what you find.

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