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Hi Spivey:

Thank you for your comments. The purpose of profiling these African Americans who perished on September 11th is to share their experience with the visitors and posters and to document their history.

I don't believe that race, religion, national origin or profession should be the measurement for the status of one's suffering or loss on September 11th. People across all spectrums perished on that day. Several television programs on 9/11 d

I profiled the stories of these tiny victims because the mission of Afrigeneas is to research and document the experience of Africans in the Americas.

There's been a discussion on this forum and on the AfriGeneas Mailing List about the responsibility of recording our family history. Our family history includes not only our ancestors but also our own. Therefore your comments, for example about about the 1993 bombing at the WTC and on 9/11 are very important.

Shortly after the 2 planes hit the World Trade Center on September 11th, Valencia posted a message. She wrote, "Are We At War?" Posters wrote their thoughts in the real-time of that historic and horrific morning. They were writing about history as they experienced it.

The link below will connect you to the Vulcan Society. It includes a story by Lieutenant Allen (Butch) Williams.

NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates interviewed filmmaker Lillian Benson about her documentary "All Our Sons: Fallen Heroes of 9/11." She like many New Yorkers were disheartened by the media's focus on the firefighters (sans African Americans) as the heroes of September 11th. (Thanks to Giuliani mugging for the cameras)

NPR describes the interview as:

"New York City firefighters were hailed as true heroes in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks. But some families of fallen African-American firefighters feel their loved ones had been overlooked. NPR's Karen Grigsby Bates talks to filmmaker Lillian Benson about how she memorialized those men in her documentary "All Our Sons: Fallen Heroes of 9/11."

K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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