Archives for January 2012

Don Lemon: Legacy of ‘one drop’ rule inspires search for family history

You never know from where inspiration will come. I am often envious of my friends who can recite stories about ancestors that have been handed down through generations. I can't do that. As a descendant of slavery in America, that hasn't felt possible for me. Truthfully, I didn't think about it much until a few weeks ago, after I was asked by CNN's In America team to write about the impact of a mixed racial background on my life, the idea that "one drop" of black blood makes you black. In that article, I wrote about how my aunt and grandmother in Louisiana often were mistaken for white. I … [Read more...]

Caribbean genealogy library offers a window into the past

In a clean and bright room on St. Thomas, buried treasure is waiting to be found. The Caribbean Genealogy Library, founded in 2000, holds a treasure trove of historical documents to help Virgin Islanders trace their family trees. Loaded with resources and knowledgeable volunteers passionate about research, the tiny nonprofit library is the only one of its kind in the Caribbean region - and people travel from across the globe to use its valuable resource. "We get a lot of inquiries from around the world, people who are finding they had ties to the Virgin Islands," library President Rob … [Read more...]

National Museum of African American History and Culture Exhibition Examines Slavery at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture and Monticello will present “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty,” an exhibition of artifacts—many never seen before—from excavations at Jefferson’s Virginia plantation and the Smithsonian collection. The exhibition will be on view in the NMAAHC Gallery in the National Museum of American History from Jan. 27 through Oct. 14. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and had called slavery an “abominable crime,” yet he was a lifelong slaveholder; one-fifth of the American … [Read more...]

Q-Tip Gets Swabbed & Discovers His African Roots

A Tribe Called Quest's Q-Tip tests his DNA to trace back his African ancestral roots. … [Read more...]

The Shocking True Story of a Deadly Black/Indian Alliance in the Old West – New Novel Uncovers the Fascinating Tale

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Jan. 24, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- In the summer of 1895, terror gripped the Indian Territories (today's Oklahoma). The youthful, multi-racial Rufus Buck gang was on the rampage. Their goal: to reclaim Indian lands from US encroachment. A new novel by Leonce Gaiter entitled "I Dreamt I Was in Heaven - The Rampage of the Rufus Buck Gang" ( explores the true story of the Buck gang rampage amidst the surprising rainbow of ethnicities on both sides of the law, and a young America's political ambitions in the lawless Indian Territory. Harvard Magazine … [Read more...]

Readex to Launch Digital Edition of the Library Company of Philadelphia’s Unparalleled Collection of Afro-Americana

Naples, FL (PRWEB) January 17, 2012 A digital edition of Afro-Americana, 1535-1922: From the Library Company of Philadelphia will be introduced in late Spring 2012 by Readex, a division of NewsBank. Created from the Library Company’s acclaimed collection—an accumulation that began with Benjamin Franklin and has steadily increased throughout its entire history—this unique new online resource will provide researchers with more than 12,000 wide-ranging printed works about African American history. Critically important subjects covered include the West’s discovery and exploitation of Africa; … [Read more...]

Plains reclaim historical farming town

From old mining towns in the mountains that saw claims dry up to farming communities on the Eastern Plains that suffered from a lack of water, Ghost towns exist throughout Colorado. The founder of one of these farming communities - Oliver Toussaint "O.T." Jackson - envisioned a prosperous town made up of African Americans who plowed the land and raised livestock. In 1892, Jackson moved to Boulder, where he made a name for himself in business. He owned an oyster house, ice cream parlor and operated the Stillman Hotel. But Jackson also enjoyed farming. Read More … [Read more...]

Jekyll Island Authority Announces Black History Month Celebration

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga., Jan. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Jekyll Island will celebrate Black History Month with a variety of programs highlighting the experiences of African Americans on the Georgia coast.  Special events offered throughout the month of February include living history performances, musical traditions, arts and crafts, and newfound discoveries. On Thursday, February 2, 2012 at 7:00pm a Civil War Living History event will feature the story of Susie King Taylor as portrayed by Sherrie Tolliver. Susie King Taylor served as the first African American Army nurse during the Civil War.  … [Read more...]

Bounce TV Celebrates Black History Month with “Our History” Campaign

ATLANTA, Jan. 20, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Bounce TV's ( first Black History Month tribute will be called "Our History" and will feature Bounce TV premieres of powerful documentaries spanning topics such as slavery, the Civil Rights movement and the explosion of Hip Hop every Wednesday night in February. Additionally, leading African American movie stars and directors including Kevin Hart, Gabrielle Union, Regina King, Tim Story and Will Packer will be featured throughout "Our History" in new specially-produced vignettes reflecting on their heritage and … [Read more...]

Showtime® Kicks Off Black History Month With Documentary “Brooklyn Boheme”

Nelson George’s Documentary Chronicling The Black Artist Community of Fort Greene Debuts On February 2nd At 8:30 PM (ET/PT) LOS ANGELES, CA (January 20, 2012) – SHOWTIME will begin a month-long series of programming in honor of Black History Month, on Thursday, February 2nd at 8:30 PM (ET/PT).  The night kicks off with Brooklyn Boheme, an intimate portrait of the Black arts movement that exploded in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill from the mid-1980s through the 90s as told by writer, director, historian and twenty-year plus Brooklyn resident Nelson George. George explores the neighborhood and … [Read more...]