My Third Great Grandfather Warren McKinney's Slave Narrative

My third great grandfather Warren McKinney (1859-1938) participated in the Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves. The interviews took place between 1936-1938 and were conducted by the Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of Arkansas. These records are in the Library of Congress. My great, great, great father's interview was took place in Hazen, Arkansas. He was 85 at the time. He died in 1938 so finding this has been an invaluable treasure for my family. I was shocked that we found this....more
This is a blessing for you. I have looked hoping that I would find one of my relatives words ...more

Happy Birthday Dr. King

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This Black History Month, Explore the Legacy of the American Civil War

The 2011 Black History Month theme, African Americans and the Civil War, offers rich opportunities to anyone interested in the truth of American identity.The American Revolution set the effort to create a democracy in motion, but it was the Civil War of 1861-65 that responded to the critical contradiction at the heart of that Revolution: the idea that a state founded on the principle of equality could countenance the notion of one human being owning another....more

I must say that Adrien Wing, Fred Minus and others like them, such as our own Maria Niles, ...more

My Great Grandfather Was a Slave

I first learned of you while watching "Roots," the landmark miniseries about one family's journey from Africa, through the Middle Passage, to slavery and the epic struggle for freedom. I think it was during the scene where Kunta Kinte's foot gets chopped off for running away that my dad quietly said, "My grandfather used to talk about that." I stared at my father. Your grandfather? Yes, he was a slave. You KNEW him? Yes, he lived with us. WHAT? ...more
I just found this years after you have written it and it touched me. It it the narrative of your ...more

Release of Malcolm X's Assassin Revives Old Questions

The only man to confess to being one of the assassins of human rights leader Malcolm X walked out of a New York City correctional facility this week....more

Malcolm X is one of my greatest inspirations. I believe he was a man able to face his mistakes, ...more