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AfriGeneas World Research Forum

Response to your posting and link

Dear K.W. Spence-Lewis:

Thank you for visiting the Afrigeneas World Forum. I read both of your responses in the string to my original post entitled "The Afro-German Experience." I visited the link to your library and was astonished that the column on the left of your page entitled:

"Research African Presence Globally" is linked directly back to the Afrigeneas World Forum and your posting of a response to "Miss Johnson". This probably explains why the numbers of hits are so very high on the World Forum.

I would like to state gently but clearly, that the University of Georgia's Cassandra Yvette Johnson and her paper "Collective Memory and the Afro-German Experience" was not reproduced on the Afrigeneas World Forum nor did she post any remarks to this board which would prompt a direct letter to her. In keeping with the Afrigeneas strict standards of the Internet copyright laws, I posted a URL that linked to Ms Johnson's paper. I am very concerned that she or her colleagues might believe that her research was posted on Afrigeneas without her permission.

I commend you for your positive response to Ms. Johnson's research, but perhaps it might be more appropriate if you send a letter directly to her.

In addition, may I suggest that you contact Forum Manager Alva Moore Stevenson or Valencia King Nelson at Afrigeneas to discuss the Garvey library link to the posting on Afrigeneas World Forum? This is because it is the only content included in your "Research African Presence Globally" and might infer to your readers that Afrigeneas is a partner in your mission.

I do hope that you accept my suggestions in the professional spirit of Afrigeneas. The mission of Afrigeneas is to present and research the history and genealogy of Africans in the Americas. Our collective interest in studying the experiences of all Africans of the Diaspora (particularly the World Forum) is to appreciate the positive influence they made in shaping the world. For every documented atrocity that our ancestors endured, there are many more documented histories of self-determination, self liberation in their triumph over the evils of slavery.

Best regards,

K Wyer Lane


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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