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.
George Bonga, Ojibwe and African heritage (August 20, 1802 – 1880) was a fur trader who was one of the first Americans of African descent born in what is now Minnesota. He was born near Duluth, Minnesota. George was the son of Pierre Bonga (Jamaican?), and an Ojibwe (Anishinaabe) mother. George Bonga was well educated, as he attended school in Montreal and spoke English, French, and Ojibwe. He later became a fur trader and a wilderness guide. He was famous in Minnesota for being, as his brother Stephen claimed "One of the first two black children born in the state.". Due to his strength of character and talents, he was well known in the Lake Superior region.
Wilver Dornell "Willie" Stargell (March 6, 1940 – April 9, 2001), nicknamed "Pops" in the later years of his career was an American professional baseball player of African and Seminole Indian heritage. He played his entire 21-year Major League Baseball career as the left fielder and first baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates (1962-1982). Over his 21-year career with the Pirates, he batted .282, with 2,232 hits, 423 doubles, 475 home runs and 1540 runs batted in, helping his team capture six National League East division titles, two National League pennants and two World Series (1971, 1979).
When selecting a core musical team for the 1st Gathering of the National Congress of Black American Indians, the leadership recognized the need for a group that understood the musical forms that embodied the blended traditions... blues, spirituals, funk and subsequently jazz and soul are Black Indians forms that a racist society has only credited to the African American experience with no acknowledgement to the Native contributions.
Mary Edmonia Lewis (July 4, 1844–September 17, 1907) was a talented American sculptor of African/Haitian and Ojibwe heritage. She is the first credited Black American Indian female sculptor in the U.S. Lewis who gained fame and recognition as a sculptor in the international fine arts world. Lewis was inspired by the lives of abolitionists and Civil War heroes.
It is not known how many Indians were enslaved by the Europeans, but they certainly numbered in the tens of thousands. It is estimated that Carolina merchants operating out of Charles Town shipped an estimated 30,000 to 50,000 Indian captives between 1670 and 1715 in a profitable slave trade with the Caribbean, Spanish Hispaniola, and northern colonies. Because of the higher transportation costs of bringing blacks from Africa, whites in the northern colonies sometimes preferred Indian slaves, especially Indian women and children, to blacks.
Bamboozled No More! by Sonya Braxton. UNITED STATES: There is a movement beginning in the U.S. and the Caribbean Islands where our American Indian people be they mixed or full blood are waking up to the fact that we all have been bamboozled, and in more ways than one by the cruel acts of Paper Genocide of American Indians by government offices relabeling millions of our people to Black, White, and Mulatto, and Hispanic or even White with Caribbean Indians living in the U.S., and also the unbelievable bias against Black Indians, or Indians with African ancestry.
I Love Ancestry support The National Congress of Black American Indians (NCBAI) and "All Our Relations". Jay Waya Gola Sunoyi, originator and host of “The American Indian’s Truths, the Most Dangerous Show On Radio” is one of the founders of The NCBAI which was created following one of Jay's vision. The formation of the NCBAI sought to remove the taboo of mixed ancestry and bring together those who could trace their ancestry to both communities.
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.