The aim of this website is to help provide a wider perspective of our collective history as a world people. All too often written history is thought to be the whole story. The stories of the individuals who helped create our culture are often lost. This site focuses on some of the stories that have traditionally been overlooked, but which are rich and deep and give a fuller picture of who we are.
Below are brief descriptions of my recent projects. Please explore the pages of this website and enjoy!
I am fortunate to teach courses in African American History and African History at one of the most ethnically and culturally diverse community colleges in the nation, Montgomery College. It has students from over 170 countries enrolled in classes. This wealth of diversity brings incredible richness to the learning process.
I also involve my students in a service learning project in which they re-enact scenes from two different periods in African American History (early civil rights and Antebellum period). Images from these projects can be seen by clicking on the links above labeled Legacy of the Freemen and the PEA the Movie.
African-American History & Culture in the Georgia Lowcountry: Savannah & The Coastal Islands
Highlights include tours of Ossabaw Island and Sapelo Island, and several sites in the Savannah Historic District, as well as presentations by leading experts in African American History and Culture. (Coming soon)
Growing Up Gullah
Last year I completed a film that includes the testimonies of 12 residents in the Washington DC area, who consider themselves Gullah or Geechee.
The film, "Growing up Gullah" chronicles the childhood memories of Washington DC area residents who once lived on the Islands of South Carolina and Georgia. In the film, 12 African Americans provide multifaceted insights into African cultural patterns (i.e. art, dance, music, healing and spiritual traditions) that continue to impact American Society today.
African American Heritage Day
I also served as the curator of the Accokeek Foundation's 11th Annual African American Heritage Day. The theme of our celebration was "Enduring Traditions." We highlighted groups, institutions and individuals that exemplify this year's theme. For example, Jubilee Voices, Prince George's African American History Museum and Buffalo Soldiers re-enactors shared their knowledge and skills with the public.
We provided both an educational and entertaining experiences to people of all ages. Thanks to everyone who attended!
To learn more about this project, please click on the link labeled AfroAm Heritage Day here or at the top of the page.
Descendants' Day Presentations
The First Saturday of most months, the African American Civil War Museum has descendants of Civil War soldiers present their research, to the public, as part of their Descendants' Day lecture series. For nearly two years, I video recorded over 30 of these presentations. Soon, the recordings will be made available to the public in the museum's archive.
To sample one of the videos made as part of this series please click below. (Video courtesy of Sherry Williams of Bronzeville/Black Chicagoan Historical Society)