More Than A Fraction: Based on A True Story (The Book)
This presentation centers on the exploration of 'More Than A Fraction: Based on A True Story,' delving into its chapters and characters to unravel the underlying reasons behind pivotal events and the portrayal of individuals within the narrative. Through a critical review, the lecture aims to contextualize why specific events unfolded as they did and the portrayal of key figures. Additionally, it highlights significant events, actions, and reactions within the book, emphasizing their crucial roles in shaping historical narratives and their reverberations in modern outcomes.
More Than A Fraction: The Feasibility of Reconciliation Case Study
Our ongoing case study, conducted by MTAFF, delves into the feasibility of reconciliation surrounding the unresolved legacy of slavery between descendants of two intimately connected families—those who were enslavers and the enslaved. This in-depth exploration aims to surpass existing non-fictional literature and film documentaries by creating a preliminary blueprint for authentic reconciliation, dissecting whether and how this complex process can be approached. This presentation offers insights into our current observations and actions within this 'deep dive' case study. It focuses on our efforts to unravel the possibilities and challenges inherent in seeking reconciliation between families intertwined by the historical injustices of enslavement. An essential component of our examination includes considerations of mental health and trauma responses in this context.
Simultaneously, MTAFF collaborates with Virginia Tech University in a groundbreaking research project titled 'Mental Health Needs for Addressing the Foundation of Racial Inequity in America: Returning to the Unfinished Business of American Slavery.' This vital study, currently seeking funding, endeavors to illuminate the mental health impacts experienced by descendants on both sides of this historical divide when engaging in discussions about the enduring legacy of American slavery.
More Than A Fraction: Connecting Africa to African American
This research initiative meticulously traces the migration paths and narratives of the enslaved community, beginning from West Africa through Virginia. It unveils a compelling narrative of how the African community retained and preserved West African traditions, albeit under new designations that would eventually converge into the overarching identity of 'African American.' This presentation not only sheds light on the journey but also offers valuable insights into the resilience and cultural preservation of these communities. It provides a crucial viewpoint shift, encouraging a reexamination of history and communities through the lens of African American experiences. These perspectives are invaluable in shaping our understanding of diversity, inclusion, education, and various other fields of study and services. By centering African American historical experiences, we gain profound insights that enrich our approach to these critical areas of knowledge and practice.
More Than A Fraction: From Separation to Reunification
The presentation discussed our initiatives and event development focused on two primary objectives:
How we trace the migration paths and narratives of the enslaved community, spanning from West Africa through the United States. This exploration encompasses their experiences after exile and persecution stemming from slavery, their journey through emancipation, and navigating the challenges imposed by the Virginia Black Codes.
How we delve into the significant endeavor of locating and reconnecting with descendants of individuals enslaved on plantations—those separated during the traumatic slave trade or lost during periods of exile. Our approach acknowledges the need for specialized care and sensitivity in reintroducing them not only to their historical roots but also to each other.
These efforts are crucial in bridging historical gaps and fostering connections within these communities, offering a respectful and informed platform for reconnection and understanding.
More Than A Fraction: Presenting Displaced History
This presentation showcases the results stemming from extensive research, exhibits, and interpretations that spotlight the marginalized communities—enslaved, indentured, and native—across the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. These initiatives aim to enrich museums' exhibits and presentations on African American history by bringing forth narratives often overlooked. Our focus challenges audiences to perceive these projects through a lens beyond the traditional Westernized viewpoint. By reexamining history from diverse perspectives, we illuminate the nuanced stories and experiences of marginalized communities, offering a more comprehensive and inclusive understanding of African American history.