They’ve updated this feature on 23andme- The first picture shows my relatives and the second jonnycruz23 . This is a very interesting tool on 23andme- this tool shows how many of your DNA matches carry a particular ancestry. What is striking here is how FEW of my relatives have African ancestry (32 percent!) while 100 percent percent of Jonathan’s cousins carry African ancestry. This is a clear picture of how detrimental racism was in early US history. While I am classified as Black, MOST of my cousins are White, while all of Jonathan’s cousins are black/and or carry African DNA. During slavery and segregation, Blacks were of course forced to seek out other blacks, and in the US, clearly there were few of US. Even worse, a lot of the white people who were denying to help us were our aunts, uncles, mothers and fathers. (Note: Jonathan classifies himself as a Puerto Rican, some may say “white” Puerto Rican)Sometimes when I am sharing my family’s history, people want to see my Black ancestors- which makes sense, as I am Black. The truth is, I can call myself Black, but most of my family cannot. So many Blacks of all hues stand together in Black culture, but when discussing our history, you can’t box us in! We are a blend of many different peoples and our stories are not the same. Check out my blog for some unique stories on our shared history! (Link in bio). #ancestrydna#23andme#ancestry#blackhistory#puertorico#boricua
King married Coretta Scott on June 18, 1953 in Alabama. After enjoying a beautiful ceremony lead by King's father, the couple looked for a place to stay the night.
At the time, no hotels in their area welcomed black couples as guests. As a result, the pair spent their first night together in a funeral home. #blackhistory
Have you seen the articles on the Bynes family at Morfsaloon (link in bio)? Here is a picture(second slide) of my great-great grandmother, Sophia Morning (Moring, Mourning) with my great-grandfather, Joe(Joe is pictured in the 3rd slide as well) and all his siblings. Joe’s father-Sophia’s husband- was undoubtedly a hard working man. Born to parents who were enslaved, he did what he knew best- ran a farm! On August 13th, 1910, it was published in the Atlanta, GA newspaper, “The Atlanta Constitution” that William Bynes and his brother-in-law Tom Morning, delivered the first cotton of the season. This newspaper clipping gives us insight to not only how hard working William Bynes II was, but how the White community in the area viewed my family. Click the link in my bio to read more about the Bynes!
The Green Book was established from 1936-1966 by Victor H. Green, the common motto on all of the books was " Carry your Green Book with you... you may need it." Often times this was true for the Negro Traveller. Starting as a publication in Harlem, New York the reach of the audience and locations grew quickly. The Green Book eventually became international for the Negro Traveller going to Mexico, Canada, or the Caribbean. For many years this directory served a purpose for safety during Jim Crow. #TheGreenBookProject#TheGreenBook#blackHistory#Travel
MLK and Coretta became parents to four children: Yolanda Denise, Martin Luther III, Dexter Scott, and Bernice Albertine. Yolanda Denise, born on November 17, 1955, was the first-born child of Martin Luther King and Coretta Scott King.
Saw a screening and discussion of this film with it's creator, Dr. Shawn Utsey, facilitator, @chelseahiggswise, and @rvadirt. It was extremely emotional and informative to learn about VCU's Medical College and how they stole bodies from the graves of black cemeteries for the medical students to experiment on. I've never had to think about being afraid of doctors or hospitals, so it hurt my heart, especially as a VCU alum, to learn that black residents of Richmond and throughout the country still have to be fearful of medical professionals disregarding their pain or letting them die for the sake of "progress" and "science". It shows that this fear is not a thing of the past, but rather a continuing belief that black bodies lack humanity and can be easily cast aside. This is VCU's shameful history and I hope there can be restitution made to the families impacted. The fact that these bodies were only discovered in a well by the Egyptian building in 1996 and still VCU is scared to have this information public is disheartening. I brought the DVD home to share with my friends and family, and help Dr. Utsey fund his next project on the history of the Central Lunatic Asylum, which was the first institution for "colored person's of unsound mind" in Petersburg.
Thomas Fuller, often called “the Virginia Calculator” was born in 1710 in West Africa (present day Liberia). In 1724, he was kidnapped from his home and sold into slavery in Alexandria, Virginia. His new owners , Presley and Elizabeth Cox, both of whom were illiterate, quickly realized Thomas’s great mathematical skills. As slaves were forbidden to learn how to read and write, it is believed that Thomas taught himself how to calculate prior to being captured and enslaved. The Cox Family would come to depend on Thomas’s math skills to help around their property and refused several offers to purchase him. In 1780, when Fuller was 70 y/o, a Pennsylvania businessman and his wife traveled to Alexandria to meet him. They asked several tough questions like “How many seconds were in a year and a half?” And “How many seconds had a man lived who is 70 years, 17 days and 12 hours old”. Which Fuller answered correctly!!! This was reported to the Abolitionist Society of Pennsylvania. Fuller later died on the Cox “Farm” near Alexandria, Virginia in 1790 #thomasfuller#blackexcellence#alexandriava#blackhistory#blackhistory365#littleknownblackhistoryfact
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