01 February 2011

Amani Asukili helps us celebrate Black Family History Month

Black History Month will be celebrated by PCGS on February 12, 2011 to honor all the people from Africa who made a great change in the life and outlook of all human beings in America. Amani Asukili , a well known local columnist, will be our program speaker.

Carter G. Woodson, a noted educationist and historian, began the celebration in 1926. In 1976, President Jimmy Carter declared February to be a Black History Month for the nation. The two men who changed the lives of black Americans, former President Abraham Lincoln and Frederic Douglas, a former slave, abolitionist and a politician, were both born in February. The month will be spent all over the nation celebrating the achievements of African Americans while exploring their history.

Many people are not aware, but according to David Eltis’s and David Richardson’s new book, “Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade”, they write, “In the 3 1/4 centuries between 1492 and about 1820, four enslaved Africans left the Old World for every European.”

Because these forced oceanic immigrants were considered commodities, plenty of records were kept and details of where and when they came can be found in various government record archives. Historians have been allowed to retrieve information on 35,000 slave voyages from Africa, The new book by Eltis and Richardson took five decades of research in archives around the North and South Atlantic and provides 189 detailed maps of the slave travel and ports. This is a valuable new tool for genealogical research.

Both Canada and United States celebrate Black Family History Month. Be sure to mark your calendars for February 12, 2011 and come and join us at our regular meeting.

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