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 wvon.com.
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!