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Revolutionary Roots In The AME Church: Carole’s Family History

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Last week we traced the history of the African Methodist Episcopal Church from its origins in 1787 to how it has expanded into the church of today.  In light of the tragic events that shocked the nation when a gunman killed nine people attending Bible study at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston AME Church, the connections within the denomination are personal and deeply rooted for me.   

On today’s show I will go back and trace my AME roots that originate from the mid 1800s and share my American story so intertwined with our cultural past.  From Georgia to Baltimore to the Midwest, the East Coast  and around the United States, my family represents the essence of the AME Church. Faith, Education, Heritage and Family Reunions are the core ingredients that make my family so special to me.

I will also be joined by cousins Theresa Johnson and Keith Williams who will share their knowledge on how our Gaines Family Reunion started back in the 1980s.  The legacy of the Gaines/Charleston/Bachelor families is the legacy of family ties embedded in the AME Church. 

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