More Than A Fraction: Based on A True Story (The Book)
This lecture focuses on the book More Than A Fraction: Based on A True Story by reviewing chapters and characters/individuals that set the foundation for a discussion of why certain events happened, and why the individuals were presented in the way they were presented. The lecture also points out important events, actions, and reactions that occur in the book, and their pivotal roles in history and outcomes.
More Than A Fraction: Connecting Africa to African American
This lecture outlines and discusses research that traces the migration and the stories of the enslaved community from West Africa through Virginia, and outlines how the African community was able to hold on to West African traditions under new titles that would eventually be all encompassing under the term “African American”.
More Than A Fraction: From Separation to Reunification
This lecture outlines and discusses research and developing events and projects that: (1) Traces the migration and the stories of the enslaved community from West Africa, through the Southeast of the U.S. including Montgomery County, Virginia, and numerous locations after exile and harassments stemming from slavery, emancipation, and the Virginia Black Codes; (2) Discusses locating the descendants of those who were enslaved at the Smithfield and Solitude plantations (modern day Virginia Tech University) who were separated during slave trading, or lost during exile and reintroducing them to their history and each other. This includes continuous research expeditions and communal events that have brought together descendants from Maryland, Philadelphia, Montana, Minnesota, California, Texas, Missouri, Georgia, Oklahoma, and the District of Columbia.
More Than A Fraction: Presenting Displaced History
This lecture outlines outcomes of research, exhibits, and interpretations of the marginalized community (enslaved, indentured, and native) spanning the 17th, 18th, and 19th century for museums exhibits and presentations on African American history. This presentation challenges the audience to approach these projects outside of the standard Westernized point of view.