Preserving the memories of the past in stories and videos of African Native American history, African American History and Native American history: American Historical Truth. Celebrate the shared memories going back from Colonial Period through the 19th Century and 20th century in American history and the struggle for freedom.
I AM NOT JUST ONE PART...I AM WHOLE. My name is Simone DiCristofano, and this is my story... In school, or even outside of school, I have always been gawked at just because I looked different. I have thick long hair down to my waist, tan/medium skin, and almond, deep set eyes. People would always ask me what my race was, and I would always say "Human" I asked my Mom when I was younger what I was, then she told me her story and then my Father's story.
AFRICAN, NATIVE AMERICAN, IRISH, & ITALIAN: The Magnificent Sum of My Parts - My name is Linda Simpson [Bradford] Jenkins. I am the youngest of three siblings, and the only biological child of my parents' union. I grew up in a deeply spiritual family who loved and fought fiercely for what they believed in.My father, the great grandson of freed mulatto slaves, was raised by his maternal grandparents. Although my grandparents weren't married, cemetery records and oral accounts from my father's second cousin, reveal a long history of connectedness between both families (Simpson and Bradford).
AN ANCIENT SEMINOLE CHRISTMAS GIFT: FREEDOM By William Katz . On Christmas day 1837, the Africans and Native Americans who formed Florida's Seminole Nation defeated a vastly superior US invading army bent on cracking this early rainbow coalition and returning the Africans to slavery. The Seminole victory stands as a milestone in the march of American liberty. Though it reads like a Hollywood thriller, this amazing story has yet to capture public attention. It is absent from school textbooks and social studies courses, Hollywood and TV movies.
Quantah' Rose Eleazer Samuels was a direct descendant of Shinnecock and Unkechaug American Indians and long a champion of their struggles and of her right to tribal land. Samuels fought unsuccessfully for decades to return to the Shinnecock reservation, where her father was born and raised. She realized the goal only in death. "It hurts me to my heart that the only way she got her land is to be buried there," said her daughter Sharilyn Daugherty of Stone Mountain, Ga. "It's so bittersweet."
Angela Walton-Raji, Genealogist, Author, Lecturer is known nationally for her research and work on Oklahoma Native American records. Her book Black Indian Genealogy Research, African Ancestors Among the Five Civilized Tribes, is the only book of its kind focusing on the unique record sets pertaining to the Oklahoma Freedmen.
Lonnie Harrington was born in Tallahassee Florida in 1952 of African, Seminole, Cherokee, Choctaw, and Shawnee ancestry. With his Mother in 1957 he moved to Dania Florida to live with his maternal Grandmother. Here his Mother would take him to visit to the nearby Seminole Reservation at the time called Okalee (now known as the Hollywood Reservation). He came toNew York City in 1959 to join his Mother who had relocated there. He attended Hunter College and the New School for Social Research in the early 1970's. During this time he began independent research into African-Native American relations, an endeavor he currently continues.
Neesu Quanunon, Two Hawks Aka Raymond L. Watson is of Narragansett heritage through the royal lines of the Michaels (direct descendant of Brister Michael) and the Champlains (House of Canonicus). Pertaining to his African roots, his grandfather's people were from Port Gibson, MS and his Father's people are from the Atlanta area. Raymond is actively involved in restoring and popularizing the traditional Algonquin dialects through playing with the Eastern Medicine Singers. They write and perform their own music using the traditional Narragansett, Massachusetts, Nipmuc and Natick dialects.
Inspiring Alvon Griffin of Seminole, Powhatan, Cherokee and African heritage teaches youth anger management & conflict resolution skills thru drumming & acting/theater in the juvenile justice system & after care in Florida. He created a system, using math, how to teach rhythms. Join Alvon Griffin and fill your listening senses with the finest collection of Native American music from traditional Pow Wow style to the latest from contemporary Native artists, NAMMY nominees and winners. Also featured are weekly Pow Wow reports, as well as news and views from across the continents. And if you are a listener of WMNF's own TWO WORLDS —the only show of its kind in the Tampa bay area, FL and miles beyond — you know that music IS the medicine of the soul. Especially the music of Native America. It's not just flute music anymore.
Julianne Jennings is a Nottoway- E. Pequot artist and educator with African and European heritage . For over fifteen years Ms.Jennings has been teaching children and adults about the history and culture of the Native people in Southern New England. Her work has been supported by the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities, The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, The Rhode Island Foundation, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology (Brown University), RISD and others.
THE LOWRY BAND OF NORTH CAROLINA By William Katz. "If you believe people have no history worth mentioning, it's easy to believe they have no humanity worth defending" --William Loren Katz. People of African and Native American descent have played a prominent part in North Carolina history since survivors of the Lost Colony of Roanoke in 1585 found a home among the nearby Lumbee Indians and then took in runaway slaves from later British colonies.