03 Oct


 On October 1, the AAGSAR Spring Challenge contributors had their first Camp Fire

Kick Off. There are some genealogists that would have you believe that African-Americans are rarely able to go

beyond the 1870 census to research for ancestors. The AAGSAR Spring Challenge contributors are going to

make this statement invalid. The vast information of resources that will be collaborate among the contributors

is phenomenal. The excitement in air was thick, that we were reminded that this is just not an ordinarily

genealogy social group. We are here on a mission to answer our challenges. To bring our “A” game. We are in

it to win it. This is not for our personal gain, but of our ancestors, they request to be heard and above all


I remember watching “Roots” the first time running and my class mates would say “I would not had

been a slave”, like they really had a  choice. No one wanted to admit that their ancestors were slaves. They

glorified the Mandingo status…but lets skip the slavery part. Due to history books, movies and shows before

the 60’s and 70’s,  our people in bondage was portrayed as half-human and with out a thought, if it wasn’t for the

slave master who save them from being in the jungle with Tarzan. But family historians are now going to give

voices to the ancestors who were in bondage, showing strengths and endurance to survive. To show their gifts

and knowledge they held. The love they had for their family and the resources they use to reunite with their sold

away, family members.

I am proud that I am able to give my ancestors a legacy of not of shame, but of reverence. Don’t get me

wrong the institution of slavery was immoral and I am not glorifying it. I am glorifying the survivors of the

transatlantic voyage and the children at three years old having duties for their masters. Don’t get me starting on

the house Negroes, do we really know their true stories on the conditions they lived in and how they treated the

field Negroes. Some might interject what about the WPA slave narratives, unfortunately not all African-

American had ancestors that participated in the narratives of the Works Progress Administration and some

researchers are questioning the validity of some of the works. We have let other people tell us their version of

our history, we are now telling our own ancestor’s history.


Posted by on October 3, 2013 in AAGSAR CHallenge


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  1. Luckie Daniels (@OurGeorgiaRoots)

    October 4, 2013 at 3:05 am

    You’re right Steph! The Ancestors have waited long enough — it’s time to give them their voice & freedom! Roll-up your sleeves, it’s time!:)

  2. Beverly A Harper

    October 4, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Amen Stephanie!


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