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You've Never Seen These Black History Photos Before

The Huffington Post | Samantha Storey | Posted 02.11.2016 | Black Voices

The New York Times is diving into its photo archive this month in search of "unpublished black history." The archive, known as the Morgue, is a librar...

Michelle Obama's Ancestors: 'American Tapestry' Has Holes in It

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 07.31.2012 | Books
Megan Smolenyak

As the genealogist who initially researched the first lady's family tree (four to five generations on all branches), I wanted to love American Tapestry: The Story of the Black, White and Multicultural Ancestors of Michelle Obama, but found myself disappointed -- mostly due to what's missing.