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BlackProGen LIVE 2020

There’s a lot going on the BPG world, so don’t miss out!

We’ve got two new flavors to keep people of color genealogy and family history research at the forefront!

Our first big announcement is about #CREWChat, the BPG hosted Twitter chat!

What’s a Twitter chat? Well, they are are discussions hosted by an account that pose questions or give out prompts around a central theme. Chat participants then tweet their responses using the designated hashtag. In this case it’s #CREWChat.

Each #CREWChat in 2020 will be focused on a particular movie or TV show where the prompts will be focused on how you can identify or track down the family history and genealogy of the characters. There are 17 scheduled!

Catch the first one on Tuesday, January 7 and be all about the movie The Color Purple! Released in 1985, this cultural mainstay stars Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Rae Dawn Chong, and more. Then, on January 21, we’ll be talking about about the hit movie Soul Food. #CREWChats take place at 8pm Central.

Be sure to: 1) follow us on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/BlackProGen, 2) check out the attached images for the January 2020 and full schedule for the year and 3) to join us on Twitter on the designated days!

 

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 91: Working With The Feds

“In 1871, Congress established the Commissioners of Claims (Southern Claims Commission) to review and make recommendations and potential reimbursements for the claims of southern loyalists who “furnished stores and supplies for the use of the U.S. Army” during the Civil War. Additionally, Congressional Records can be a goldmine for first person accounts from ancestors, their communities, and more. During episode 91, learn more about these crucial record sets and how to find ancestors within them.”

 

 

 

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 83: Stories from the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Parts 1&2

Did you miss BlackProGen LIVE Episode 83? Don’t worry you can check out parts 1&2 below.

“In 2018, The Equal Justice Initiative (EJI) opened the The National Memorial for Peace and Justice which memorializes more than 4,400 African American men, women, and children who were hanged, burned alive, shot, drowned, and beaten to death by white mobs between 1877 and 1950. Episode 83 will feature the family history of some of the victims documented in the memorial in an effort to humanize and bring light to their lives outside of a tragic event they have been associated with.”

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fold3: Black History Month

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In honor of Black History Month fold3 will allow you to access records in its Black History Collection until the end of February.  So if you haven’t already, take a look at the records and resources you can access on fold3.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BlackProGen LIVE! Ep 76: Reconstruction and the Aftermath Named Jim Crow

Did you miss episode 76 of BlackProGen Live!? Well don’t worry click on the video below.

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NC & SC Genealogy Research

Join us for the next broadcast of BlackProGen LIVE, a live online show dedicated to sharing tips, tricks, and strategies for those researching the genealogy of people of color. Tues. September 13 we’ll be discussing genealogy research in the Carolinas along with weighing in on current events such as the Georgetown University slave sale, POC cemeteries, and the recent price drop for Family Tree DNA tests. TUNE IN at 6pm PST/7pm MNT/8pm CST/9pm EST at https://youtu.be/Lz20yr-vQpc

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Bessie Stringfield

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Did you know? Bessie Stringfield (1911-1993) known as “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami” broke down barriers for women and African American motorcyclists in the 1940s.
Stringfield completed eight solo cross-country tours and served as a U.S. Army motorcycle dispatch rider. To find our more about Bessie Stringfield click here

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Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.

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Did you know? Benjamin O. Davis, Jr.(1912-2002) is remembered for many things: Being the first Black Air Force General, leading the Tuskegee Airmen flight squadron and standing up to the military establishment in advancing the cause of Black soldiers. For more information on Benjamin O. Davis, Jr. click here

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Harry Lew

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Did you know? Harry Lew (1884-1963) is best known for becoming the first African-American professional basketball player when he joined the New England League in 1902. Lew played basketball with the Pawtucketville Athletic Club. He spent more than 20 years in the game, as a player and general manager of multiple teams. For more information on Harry Lew click here 

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Frank E. Peterson Jr.

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Did you know? On this day February 23rd, 1979, Frank E. Peterson Jr.(1932-2015) Was named the 1st black general in the Marine Corps. For information on Frank E. Peterson Jr click here

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