Make Black History Personal: #7 Meeting My Hero Alex Haley

When I first started doing genealogy as my New Year’s resolution in 1976, I was soon to be inspired by Alex Haley whose book Roots¬†was published that year. Here was someone who had done what I was trying to do in researching my family history. I remember saving my grocery money to buy my own hardcover copy. Since doing Black family research was a pretty new phenomena back then, Mr. Haley’s book gave me much-needed motivation to continue researching myRead more

Make Black History Personal: #3 My Dad and the Amazing Lena Horne

As far back as I can remember, I’ve been a fan of the beautiful, elegant singer, actress and civil rights activist, Lena Horne. When I was a teenager in the 1960’s, she came to my hometown of Detroit for a performance. Sometime earlier that day, she came down with a bad cold or the flu. The downtown hotel where she was staying needed a doctor to see her asap. I’m proud that out of all of the doctors in Detroit,Read more