Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., a New 10-part PBS Series That Explores Race, Culture and Identity Through Genealogy and Genetics

Finding Your Roots builds on the success of African American Lives 1 and 2 and Faces of America, journeying deep into the ancestry of remarkable individuals Harry Connick, Jr., Robert Downey, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, John Legend, Branford Marsalis, Condoleezza Rice, Michelle Rodriguez, Barbara Walters, and many other well-known names learn long-lost secrets from their family histories. NEW YORK, March 23, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The basic drive to discover who we are and where we come from is at the core of the new 10-part PBS series Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr., … [Read more...]

For African Americans Seeking to Reclaim Family History, University of Buffalo Workshop Offers Hope

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Because so many of their ancestors were slaves, African Americans have often had a difficult time tracking down documentation of their early roots through public and genealogical records and, as a result, early family histories may be unavailable to them. However, those who have succeeded in this endeavor have sometimes succeeded spectacularly. Two of those searchers will be at the University at Buffalo for a free public workshop entitled "Searching for African Ancestors: Extraordinary Discoveries" on March 23 in 1004 Clemens Hall, on UB's North Campus, from noon to 1:30 … [Read more...] Partners with W.E.B. DuBois Institute to Publish the Patriots of Color Database

REDWOOD CITY, Calif., Feb. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- In honor of Black History Month,, a website devoted to making family history simple and affordable, today announced the launch of the Patriots of Color Database. is bringing this collection online for the first time, compiling years of research facilitated by the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research at Harvard University. These records unveil new and invaluable information about some of the men and women of color who fought for American independence in such roles as soldiers, … [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...]

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...]

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...]

PBS Announces Programming Line-Up For 2012 Black History Month Commemoration

ARLINGTON, VA – December 8, 2011 – PBS announced today an expansive slate of programs profiling the rich history, culture and contributions of African-Americans. The programs air as part of PBS’ celebration of Black History Month, February 2012. With new programs that delve into the archives of history, this year’s schedule provides an in-depth look at a variety of historical events from the post-Emancipation era to the rise of the black power movement. Several of the Black History Month programs will be highlighted as part of PBS’ presentations at the TCA (Television Critics’ Association) … [Read more...]