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Re: YOU HAVE TO READ IN ORDER TO WRITE

Hello Allen:

Thanks so much for your thoughts and sharing your experience. It’s an invaluable contribution to this discussion.

I purposely wrote a provocative title to gain the attention of the AfriGeneas family researcher and capture the interest of the Internet audience.

Every year millions of data information, historical commentary analysis and texts, and archived newspapers are digitized and placed on the web. Some are free of charge, and others are fee based. (Please note that I refer to reputable institutions and groups.)

The “Ain’t Got Nothing to Do With It” lady is part of the “Historical Lemmings Club” of (unfortunately) African-Americans who rush blindly to embrace outdated and sometimes false histories and myths about our ancestors. They still believe that our only heritage begins and ends with slavery and that our ancestors were confined to a tiny community ruled by Marse and Miss Anne. This closed thought process certainly limits their knowledge of their ancestors’ place in shaping our country. Instead of reading and researching our 600-year presence in the Americas, their next blind rush is to look for that illusive griot or king/queen royal ancestor in Africa.

Let’s not forget the fervent embrace of American descendents of noble African warriors while ignoring our ancestors’ military history. When you mentioned the Civil War I remembered historian Bennie McRae mentioning that approximately 6 to 7 million African Americans today are descended from the heroic men of the US COLORED TROOPS. The majority of these men were from the South and let me tell you, they didn’t play. Their feats of heroism were not only recorded by the Union Army but also grudgingly recorded in confederate army records. McRae calls them our Freedom Fighters. Approximately 500 female and male ex-slave contrabands gave invaluable intelligence to the Union Army…they may also have been a family ancestor.

You wrote:

“It is truly fascinating when researchers do not have to pick obituary dates and events to coincide with the research that they are gathering. Researching the time period, events that encompass the world, the continent or just the local town can enrich one's knowledge of the life and times of their ancestor.”

Absolutely, Allen. It’s fascinating, for instance, to read archived newspapers from other countries about our past and present American history. Their viewpoint connects their country to America and of course to our African ancestors who helped to affect the turn of events in global history.

Thanks again for your contribution.

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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