Tuesday, February 05, 2008

African American Lives 2: Feb 6th

DearREADERS,
Technology marches on. This following came to my attention through my membership in the Facebook AfroAmerican Genealogy group.

T. Devon Jones sent a message to the members of AfroAmerican Genealogy.
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Subject: African American Lives 2, Feb 6th
AFRICAN AMERICAN LIVES 2, a new four-part PBS series, explores roots, race and identity through the ancestry of remarkable individuals. Premiering February 6th and 13th.
http://www.pbs.org/wnet/aalives/aal2

Joining Professor Gates in the new broadcast are poet Maya Angelou, author Bliss Broyard, actor Don Cheadle, actor Morgan Freeman, theologian Peter Gomes, publisher Linda Johnson Rice, athlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, radio personality Tom Joyner, comedian Chris Rock, rock 'n' roll legend Tina Turner and college administrator Kathleen Henderson, who was selected from more than 2,000 applicants to have her family history researched and DNA tested alongside the series' well-known guests.

The use of DNA research came up with some surprising results. Ol' Myrt here recommends this PBS series, even if you don’t have African American roots. All researchers appreciate the “ah-ha” moments when one discovers source documents proving family relationships. To find evidence an ancestor served in a state legislature, or in the military is thrilling – almost as good as identifying that old photograph in great-grandmother’s trunk. Witness the joy as each participant finds their roots brings hope to those attempting to reach the next limb on the family tree. The 4 minute trailer spotlights reactions from participants such as:

Chris Rock, who said “If I’d known this, it would have taken away the inevitability that I was going to be nothing.”

and

Maya Angelou, who said “Heritage is so complex, that we have to consider ourselves global, and no human being can be more human than another.”

This series provides hope that we CAN get around those genealogical brick walls.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt :)
DearMYRTLE,
Your friend in genealogy.
Myrt@DearMYRTLE.com
http://blog.DearMYRTLE.com

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