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African American Genealogy, by Sharon Morgan

Posted September 3rd, 2011 by Tom

Most readers of this blog are familiar with my writing partner and friend Sharon Leslie Morgan. Together we are writing Gather at the Table which will be published by Beacon Press in 2012.

One particular area of expertise of Sharon’s is her focus on genealogical research for African American people. Having researched her own family history for the past three decades, she shares information and services to help others explore and appreciate African American family history on her website Our Black Ancestry. She is now sharing her expertise in a new, 12-part blog series at Geni, the website that is in the process of building the definitive, world-wide, family tree.

I encourage my friends to read the first installment of the series here and add your comment to Geni and Sharon about what you think!

Beacon Press: “We’ll publish your next book!”

Posted January 31st, 2011 by Tom

It’s official!

The ink is dry on the contract!

Beacon Press will publish the book that my friend and new writing partner Sharon Leslie Morgan and I are co-authoring. I’m excited to be associated with this prestigious publisher AND to have the opportunity to work again with Gayatri Patnaik, who did such a brilliant job of editing my first book, Inheriting the Trade. Sharon and I will write the book over the coming year and it will be published sometime in the fall of 2012. Read the rest of this entry »

Interested in Genealogy? Check this out!

Posted August 13th, 2010 by Tom

For anyone interested in genealogy, and especially people of color, this Sunday should be a real treat. My friend and Coming to the Table colleague, Sharon Morgan, founder and webmaster of Our Black Ancestry, is going to be featured in a two-hour radio program on WVON AM 1690 in Chicago this Sunday, August 15, 3-5pm Central time. Anyone outside Chicago can listen live online at

Sharon will help listeners understand the importance of genealogy for African American people, help them understand how to undertake their own research, and share stories of her personal genealogical pursuits and findings. There will also be call-ins from family historians and book authors including Melvin Collier (the author of Mississippi to Africa who appeared as the expert genealogist on the Spike Lee episode of Who Do You Think You Are on NBC that aired in April). I’ve also been asked to participate briefly to discuss the idea of reconciliation among black and white people who are linked through the history of enslavement; an area of keen interest as a result of my involvement with Coming to the Table over the past five years.

African Diaspora Today was launched on WVON just a few months ago. The host, Dr. Carol L. Adams, is the newly appointed Chief Executive Officer of the DuSable Museum of African American History in Chicago. “African Diaspora Today” encourages discussion about politics, economics and culture as related to Africa and the African Diaspora.

Callers are welcomed from all over the country. lllinois Callers Dial 773-591-1690; Out of state Callers Dial Toll Free 877-591-1690 or 866-591-1690.

It should be a lively and interesting conversation!

Stupid, stupid white people…

Posted June 19th, 2010 by Tom

The editor of Beacon Broadside–the blog of my publisher Beacon Press–asked me to write an essay in connection with Juneteenth. The request came just after an incident in which my friend Sharon Morgan was subjected to a stupid, racist comment about President Obama by a white guy at the Post Office in the small town where she recently moved. So the focus of my essay shifted just a bit…

You can read the post here.

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