Ladies and Gentlemen, Dames en Heren, I’m proud to introduce you to my brand new organization, Ancestors unKnown.
Ancestors unKnown introduces young people in the African Diaspora to new perspectives on their histories. We combine a Black history-based curriculum with genealogy/family history research, working in partnership with local organizations, historians, and genealogists. Beginning in the U.S. (South Carolina) and Suriname, Ancestors unKnown is an international organization. So in the years to come, I hope to introduce our work and serve communities on multiple continents and islands.
This is still the pilot stage. I want to make lots of changes and additions to the website. And there is so very much work to be done just to stay on track. But I figure it’s about time to let folks in on the adventure in less cryptic ways.
Now I have a few things to ask of you:
1) Check out my first entry on Ancestors Blogging (which eventually will include posts from student participants and partners). Comments are also great! Here is a piece (I feel like I cheated on this blog by writing over there – so this copy/paste action is how I rectify that):
…could a family that survived the trans-Atlantic slave trade and generations of slavery in the Americas really have left behind no memories? No stories to tell? No lessons to instill? I believe this to be an assumption worth challenging. And sure enough, digging into some archives revealed tremendous stories waiting to be told, and remarkable ancestors who deserve to be remembered. I believe everyone has a right to this empowered feeling of knowing her own history, or at least part of it.
2) Please head over to facebook to like the page: https://www.facebook.com/AncestorsUnknown
3) Please share the work we’re doing with your networks. The more people we can invite to the party, the better. (but wait, just so you know, there’s no real party.)
3.5) Eventually I’ll figure out the Twitter thing. So I’ll be asking you to follow me there at some point too.
4) After all of that, tell me what you think. Critical feedback is always appreciated.
Sheesh. Feels like I just walked outside wearing my brand new big-girl-pants. But the big ‘ole automatically-locking door just shut behind me. And I may or may not have forgotten my key.
Big-girl-pants, don’t fail me now. There’s no turning back!