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Re: Genealogy and African-American Ancestry

Ms. Valencia:

Thanks so very much for posting the excerpt from the conference on African-American Genealogy and Genetics.

After reading the first article I went to the home page and browsed through all of the presentations. This is a must read for the Afrigeneas family.

The presentations and comments from the audience dispelled many myths and supported documented truths about African-American heritage. It also gave me (all of us) an understanding of Africans thinking about their heritage and how they view ours.

One disturbing theme that I read in several places was the lack of understanding of African-American history and culture. A person describes a discussion with African-American youth about their culture. Their reaction was to hang their heads in shame. They believed that slavery was their only heritage... meaning helpless and subjugated people. Africans also view our experience through this distorted prism.

Our collective mission at Afrigeneas (I call it sacred) is to research the African-American experience through our ancestors' lives. Each one of us has a story to tell about family members who triumphed over the evil institution of slavery. We find their names in the US Colored Troops' database, as runaways, as hardworking domestics and laborers, as teachers and leaders in our communities.

Like everyone at Afrigeneas, I spread the word about "the largest website for African-American genealogy and history on the web."
If our youth put down their violent video games, switched off MTV's black minstrel programming and its "keep'n it real" clones and tuned into Afrigeneas, they would never hang their heads again.

Can I get a witness?

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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