Yes Lord, Family! There's some excitement up in here!
Tuesday April 9th, as you know, is the Afrigeneas/Barnes & Noble Offline Book club meeting in Bowie, MD. Please check out:
Wednesday April 10th, we will have the Afrigeneas Online Book Club chat, 9:00pm eastern & 6:00pm pacific at:
We will be discussing 'Redemption Song', by Bertice Berry at both events.
I hope you have read this book; it will get your African-American Ancestored genealogy research a heart-felt hug.
Now, on to the April/May selection.
This one comes from Afrigeneas Family member and frequent contributor, Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs. Afi has penned 'Claiming Kin : Confronting the History of an African-American Family; (February 2002) St. Martin's Press; ISBN: 0312261357
From the book jacket:
A touching story of a woman's search for her family roots in the wake if the sudden death of her father.
Claiming Kin is a powerful and compelling story about a woman's quest to search out her roots upon the death of the father she barely knew. A former journalist hungry for the truth, her search into the past leads her from her hometown in Nashville, Tennessee, back to the birthplace of the Scruggs in nearby Williamson County. There she traces the family back to 1847 and the Scruggs Farm where her ancestors were once slaves. Her journey soon becomes spiritual and emotional, forcing her not only to examine her own beliefs in the importance of family, but also her religious beliefs as she turns toward honoring her ancestors. This is a tale that will capture the heart and mind.
Now, more about Ms. Scruggs:
Afi-Odelia E. Scruggs graduated from the University of Chicago and earned her Ph. D in Slavic Linguistics from Brown University. She has been a full-time journalist since 1987. She is currently a visiting assistant professor of Journalism at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. She was a metro columnist for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer and has worked for Dayton daily News and the Clarion-Ledger. She lives in South Euclid, Ohio, with her husband.
Order this book now!
"Guided by the Ancestors"