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The How and Why of African American Genealogy?

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For 30 years, Sharon Leslie Morgan has been a devoted researcher of African American history and, her family genealogical ties are in Alabama and Mississippi. She belongs to several genealogical societies, including the National Genealogical Society and local societies in the areas of her family research. In 2007, she created www.OurBlackAncestry.com to assist others to appreciate history and conduct their own research. This site attracts thousands of visitors each year. Morgan is an accomplished writer and has published extensively over the years in a variety of magazines, newspapers and other media. In 1975, she authored a children’s book – My Daddy is a Cool Dude –which was nominated for the prestigious Caldecott Medal. In Jamaica, she was a popular columnist for the daily Gleaner newspaper. She is presently working on a book entitled Gather at the Table: Steps Toward a Post Racial America, which will be published by The Beacon Press in Fall, 2012.  Morgan is a communications professional who is a recognized expert in African American consumer marketing.  She was awarded the D. Parke Gibson “Legend Award” from the Public Relations Society of America.

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