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African American Heritage

Think You Can't Research Your African American Family History? Think Again

Henry Louis Gates, Jr. | Posted 10.27.2016 | Black Voices
Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

If you descend from a black ancestor who was freed before the Civil War, she or he would have been listed in the census by name, and in other documents, just like any other free person; but slaves were not, making it extraordinarily difficult to trace them in the era of slavery.

Resisting the Whitening of Bill Traylor: Why We Should Remember the Slave and Sharecropper As Much As the Artist

G. Roger Denson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Arts
G. Roger Denson

Putting Traylor at the forefront of the mid-20th century African-American context for art today seems an act of reclamation that, in addition to restoring the African-American artistic heritage, also dispels the unfortunate aura of Outsiderism,

How I Teach My Daughters To Love Their African-American Heritage | Posted 03.20.2013 | Parents

I can't have my daughters thinking they are invisible. Or worse, that they're ignorant, loud caricatures unworthy of respect. So I make a point of encouraging my girls to own their beauty -- on the inside and out.