Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.-Washington, DC

Afro American Historical and Genealogical Society, Inc.-Washington, DC We provide a focal point for people interested in the research, development, preservation and dissemination of information related to African Americans.
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East Tennessee PBS
12/22/2020

East Tennessee PBS

East Tennessee PBS wants to help you Find Your East Tennessee Roots! Register to win a Family Research Prize Packet valued at $800 that includes a team of researchers dedicated to hunting down your family's mysteries, a 1-year subscription to Ancestry.com and an Ancestry DNA kit.

Simply visit the link below on our website and complete the form to enter! Giveaway closes at Midnight on Dec. 31st.

In partnership with City of Knoxville - Government Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates Jr. & Black in Appalachia

https://www.easttennesseepbs.org/community-partnerships/finding-your-east-tennessee-roots/

Black Texas Family With 'BLM' Sign In Their Yard Find Cars Engulfed In Flames, 'Trump 20' Painted On Garage - Blavity
12/20/2020
Black Texas Family With 'BLM' Sign In Their Yard Find Cars Engulfed In Flames, 'Trump 20' Painted On Garage - Blavity

Black Texas Family With 'BLM' Sign In Their Yard Find Cars Engulfed In Flames, 'Trump 20' Painted On Garage - Blavity

A Black family in a Dallas, Texas suburb is struggling to deal with the aftermath of an attack last week where people set fire to their two cars, vandalized a " Black Lives Matter " sign in their yard and spray-painted "Trump 20" on their garage, according to NBC News. The news outlet reported that....

4 HBCU Grads Make the 2020 Forbes List of the World's Most Powerful Women
12/17/2020
4 HBCU Grads Make the 2020 Forbes List of the World's Most Powerful Women

4 HBCU Grads Make the 2020 Forbes List of the World's Most Powerful Women

We all know that an HBCU education prepares you to change the world and the presence of HBCU grads on Forbes's latest list of The World's Most Powerful Women proves that. Forbes ranked Spelman College alumna Stacey Abrams at #100. Abrams is a lawyer and voting rights activist who has made an

Biden picks Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) to be first Native American interior secretary
12/17/2020
Biden picks Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) to be first Native American interior secretary

Biden picks Rep. Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) to be first Native American interior secretary

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Democratic Rep. Deb Haaland, a Native American congresswoman from New Mexico, to serve as interior secretary in a historic pick for a department that oversees the country's vast natural resources, including tribal lands.

Tuskegee Syphilis Study, Henrietta Lacks and the Roots of Black Distrust in the Health System
12/15/2020
Tuskegee Syphilis Study, Henrietta Lacks and the Roots of Black Distrust in the Health System

Tuskegee Syphilis Study, Henrietta Lacks and the Roots of Black Distrust in the Health System

With the first batches of the COVID-19 vaccine now being distributed in the U.S., a major priority is ensuring that everyone has access to it, especially people of color. Jennifer Gardy, deputy director for the Gates Foundation, joined LX News to discuss the roots of health disparities as well as th...

After 150 years, recognition for LIer's great-grandfather
12/15/2020
After 150 years, recognition for LIer's great-grandfather

After 150 years, recognition for LIer's great-grandfather

At age 3, Lorna Rainey would sit on the knee of her great-aunt Olive and hear stories about her great-grandfather, Joseph Hayne Rainey of South Carolina. Now, Lorna Rainey, who lives in Baldwin, is tr

The War on Cocoa: Hershey Co. Accused of Not Upholding Sustainability Efforts in West Africa
12/14/2020
The War on Cocoa: Hershey Co. Accused of Not Upholding Sustainability Efforts in West Africa

The War on Cocoa: Hershey Co. Accused of Not Upholding Sustainability Efforts in West Africa

It has been a bitter holiday season for the maker of foil-wrapped Hershey’s Kisses. For nearly a month, a battle has been raging between the Hershey chocolate company and the West African farmers who harvest many of its cocoa beans. And it appears that the long-disenfranchised farmers may have sco...

Harriet Tubman House demolished
12/13/2020
Harriet Tubman House demolished

Harriet Tubman House demolished

A Boston building named in honor of 19th-century abolitionist Harriet Tubman that for years served as the home to a neighborhood services organization has been demolished to make way for condominiums, leaving some residents feeling powerless and hopeless in the face of relentless gentrification.

This book will make a wonderful gift.
12/08/2020
Mompreneur Releases New Children’s Book Dedicated To Affirming Black Girls

This book will make a wonderful gift.

The Black girl magic spilleth over! A buzzing Mompreneur recently released a children’s book dedicated to affirming Black girls. Christina Hammond is the author of Dear Little Black Girl, a new children’s book empowering young Black girls through affirmations. Hammond is an entertainment profess...

Meet The Sisters Who Just Became Judges In Montgomery, Alabama
12/08/2020
Meet The Sisters Who Just Became Judges In Montgomery, Alabama

Meet The Sisters Who Just Became Judges In Montgomery, Alabama

Sister, sister! Two sisters recently got sworn in as judges in Montgomery, Alabama, the Montgomery Advertiser reports. Samarria Dunson, 42 and her sister Lloria James, 40, are just 18 months apart. Throughout their lives, they've done pretty much everything together. Both graduating from Lee High Sc...

Maxwell Air Force Base Unveils Memorial for Rosa Parks on 65th Anniversary of Her Arrest
12/08/2020
Maxwell Air Force Base Unveils Memorial for Rosa Parks on 65th Anniversary of Her Arrest

Maxwell Air Force Base Unveils Memorial for Rosa Parks on 65th Anniversary of Her Arrest

Maxwell Air Force Base Honors Rosa Parks 12.04.20 Jake Crandall/Montgomery Advertiser EJI partnered with military leaders, city officials, and community leaders to honor Rosa Parks with the unveiling of a new memorial and a color guard tribute at Maxwell Air Force Base on Tuesday, the 65th anniversa...

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I recently completed the first graphic history covering the life of African American Reconstruction Lt. Governor Oscar James Dunn. I you are so inclined, feel free to pick up an advance copy.
Port Of Harlem Talk Radio We explored the upcoming Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society conference that will be virtual this year, October 14, 2020—October 17, 2020, with Boston native Ric Murphy. He is a genealogical researcher, educator, historian, and author of several books and historical publications including “Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia.” His family lineage dates to the earliest colonial periods of Plymouth, Massachusetts, and Jamestown, Virginia. His is also Vice President of History with the African American Historical and Genealogical Society. https://portofharlem.net/pohtalkradio/index.html
A great opportunity to learn from the man who wrote the book on African American genealogy. The Dallas Genealogical Society is hosting a virtual seminar: Who: Tony Burroughs, FUGA Topic: Paths to Freedom: Essential Steps for African American Genealogy Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020 Additional information can be found at the following URL:
This weekend we remember our greatest civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. Here is my latest blog on my third great grandfather W.B. Harvell who along with many other men and women laid the foundation for the civil rights movement MLK would lead.
Genealogy Adventures has a great show today can we share the live show on this page? comments and questions are welcome.
Hi all! I am writing on behalf of Riversdale House Museum in Riverdale Park, MD to share an event we are hosting on November 17. Maya Davis of the Maryland State Archives will be presenting a FREE lecture discussing marriage ceremonies and married life among Maryland's enslaved communities during the 19th century. It will highlight the laws relating to marriage that impacted the enslaved, as well as the difficulties presented when studying poorly documented family units and genealogies. This program is in conjunction with our current exhibit, Your Presence is Requested: Calvert Weddings, 1799-Today, which highlights the weddings of the Calvert family of Riversdale, as well as the weddings of some enslaved families at the plantation. Of particular interest in the exhibit is the marriage of Adam and Emily Plummer, whose lives were very well documented. Though married for 37 years, the couple was separated for 24 years as Emily was moved around from Lanham to Meridian Hill to Ellicott City, before finally joining her husband and 8 children at Riversdale in 1863. Please share with any friends who would be interested and we hope to see you there!
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FGS 2019 Conference Speaker Shout Out: Leslie Anderson, MSLS, presents, “Michael Shiner’s Diary – A Black Man Looks at 19th Century Washington, DC” Slave-born Michael Shiner worked in the Washington Navy Yard since childhood, and his diary (1813-1866) described presidential visits, industrial accidents, epidemics, fires, and the construction of national monuments. His observations about neighbors and his working-class neighborhood offer insight into civic culture and community genealogy. Join Leslie on Saturday, August 24 at 4pm, and check out her other sessions! Have you registered for FGS 2019 yet? https://fgs.org/annual-conference/
Are you trying to improve your genealogy research? Do you have free or enslaved ancestors? Do you have strategies that you do with your research? Are you trying to write your stories and need help? Did you find your USCT? How are you doing with your DNA and the connections? You probably need to attend MAAGI (pronounced maggie) and get some of your questions answered. Have you heard of MAAGI? The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute is the only genealogy institute in the USA that focuses on African American ancestry. It's a 3 day institute held at the Allen Co. Library in Ft. Wayne IN. Classes are small and over the three days you will attend 12 classes. The dates for 2019 is July 9-11. Registration is open and classes are filling up, visit the website at www.maagiinstitute.org or visit us on Facebook. There are five different Tracks to choose from. Hope to see you in July!
The International AAHGS Book Awards is a competitive contest established to recognize, promote and honor authors of high quality publications that accurately examine and portray African-ancestored family history and genealogy. For more information on how to nominate a book please visit: http://bit.ly/aahgsbookawards.
Are you trying to improve your genealogy research? Do you have free or enslaved ancestors? Do you have strategies that you do with your research? Are you trying to write your stories and need help? Did you find your USCT? How are you doing with your DNA and the connections? You probably need to attend MAAGI (pronounced maggie) and get some of your questions answered. Have you heard of MAAGI? The Midwest African American Genealogy Institute is the only genealogy institute in the USA that focuses on African American ancestry. It's a 3 day conference held at the Allen Co. Library in Ft. Wayne IN. Classes are small and over the three days you will attend 12 classes. The dates for 2019 is July 9-11. Registration is open and classes are filling up, visit the website at www.maagiinstitute.org or visit us on Facebook. There are five different Tracks to choose from. Hope to see you in July!