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.
YoNasDa Lonewolf Hill "Queen YoNasDa" is an activist, hip hop artist and curator of African and Lakota heritage. YoNasDa, pronounced Yo-Naja-Ha, meaning “Precious Jewel”, is an enrolled member of the Oglala Lakota Nation. "No Nation Can Rise Higher Than Its Woman," is a saying that breathes truth for Queen YoNasDa as she epitomizes this energy. YoNasDa is committed to continuing the work of her mother Wauneta Lone Wolf-Cox (1951 - 2003)
Sheilah Naajiibah Dasher is a young woman warrior with strength and fearlessness in her name. She is an experienced conference speaker, workshop facilitator and American Indian advocate. Naajiibah is a Navajo female warrior name, named for her great grandmother a herbalist medicine woman. Dasher wears her Native American Indian heritage proudly. Dasher is of mixed heritage from her Native American Indian mother and Black-American father. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, but also honors her Zuni and Apache ancestral heritage.
Mahlikah Awe:ri, Enml'ga't-Saqama'sgw Walking Woman, is a 9th generation Afro-Native Canadian of Haudenosaunee Kanien’kéha, Mi’kmaw First Nations and African heritage from Nova Scotia, is a drumtalk-poetic-rapologist, musician, hip hop MC, arts educator, radio show host, artivist and curator based in Toronto, Canada.
"The First U.S. Foreign Ambassadors of Good Will" by William Loren Katz. Adapted from Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage © Atheneum, 2012 revised edition.
In 1803 when President Thomas Jefferson purchased the Louisiana Territory from France, he doubled the size of the new United States of America It also gave two Americans -- considered unneeded inferior or criminal -- a unique opportunity to serve as US ambassadors of good will.
"From Above" (2013), is an award winning, myth-poetic feature film about two souls so deeply in love with one another that they are entangled beyond life itself. (1 hr. 52 min.) Starring Danny Glover and Graham Green.
From his wife's deathbed, William Ward (Glover) dives under the gloomy waters of his memory to recall the love story of his life with Venus, a Native American beauty descended from the mystical Lightning Clan, a peculiar and "electric" Native family living in Arkansas.
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).
Support The Groovalottos, A Soul-Funk Band of Black Indian Song Keepers
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 Black American experience with no acknowledgement to 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.
Written and Compiled by Sonya Braxton of Paper Genocide in America based on materials from "Slavery and Native Americans in British North America and the United States: 1600 to 1865" by Tony Seybert.
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.