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Genealogical Society hosting DNA workshop


By Oniska Blevins | The Selma Times-Journal

Sankofa, a term of the Ghanaian Twi language, means to “go back and get it.” The Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society has used the term as the blueprint for its foundation.

Brenda “B.J.” Smothers founded the organization in 2006 with the main purpose of studying and exchanging information among people interested in African American genealogy, family history and historic preservation, specifically in the Black Belt area.

“Genealogists believe you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you came from,” she said.

Smothers said even though they may have a specific focus, their programs are for everyone.

“We focus on African American genealogy because it has been neglected, but we do…

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Persons with disabilities recognized as equal members of society


(PRESS RELEASE VIA SNO) – The Caribbean is home to some 1.3 million persons living with disability; a quarter million of these suffering significant disability.

These numbers are expected to increase in the coming decades with the ageing of the Caribbean population and the exponential growth in incidence of non-communicable diseases.

The situation of persons with disability in the Caribbean and the status of current policy programmes interventions are assessed in a new ECLAC Caribbean study. Entitled `Disability, human rights and public policy in the Caribbean’, the study also identifies gaps, good practices and priorities for future action in areas such as health and rehabilitation, education, the labour market and access to services.

Over the years, attitudes towards persons…

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A weekend of contemporary African literature and thought, in partnership with the Royal African Society


A weekend of contemporary African literature and thought, in partnership with the Royal African Society

Africa Writes, the exciting summer festival of contemporary literature and thought from Africa and the diaspora, returns to the British Library. Expect an exciting programme of book launches, panel conversation, readings, performance and workshops which showcases the best in new writing from the continent and the diaspora. 

There are a number of ticket options available, please see below for more information. 

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State News: State Historical Society of Iowa to launch multi-year project this spring (4/13/18)


DES MOINES – With support from a federal grant, the State Historical Society of Iowa will launch a new multi-year research project this spring about the African-American Civil Rights Movement in Iowa during the 20th century.

The $50,000 grant comes from the U.S. Department of the Interior and National Park Service, which recently announced $12.6 million in funding for 51 projects in 24 states that preserve sites and highlight stories related to the African-American struggle for equality. In Iowa, the “Iowa African-American Civil Rights Survey” will identify properties and people still unrecognized for the roles they played in civil rights history, as well as National Register of Historic Places with undocumented connections to the Civil Rights Movement.

“This project is the first…

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LaRue makes informative presentation to Genealogical Society


On Monday, March 19, the Fayette County Genealogical Society opened its 2018 season with a well-attended and well-received presentation, “Searching for Homer Lawson: Ohio’s African American World War I Veterans,” by Paul LaRue.

Paul, a retired social studies teacher from the Washington City Schools, has been the recipient of numerous state and national teaching awards. Best known for his work getting students out into the community for “hands on” history, Paul serves as a member of the Ohio World War I Centennial Committee and the National World War I Centennial Committee as a senior education advisor.

Paul spoke on the sacrifices made by African-American soldiers during World War I and how their contributions to this military conflict were not readily recognized. Pictures were shown…

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Free Trade for All? | Royal African Society


The news that leaders of the African Union, under the Chairmanship of Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, had signed up to the next phase of a Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) in Africa at their meeting in Kigali on 21 March was greeted with a certain degree of cynicism by many commentators. The cynics have a point; but they miss a wider one.

It is true that only 44 of the 55 countries in the AU had signed the agreement, and the non-signers included Nigeria, one of the largest economies on the continent. Many think the AU has a better track record in making declarations than in making things happen, and building a continent-wide free trade area is a major undertaking not only of great technical complexity but of great political sensitivity. Constructing the EU’s single market took 50 years…

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