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  • African Americans Philanthropy, and the Civil Rights Movement - Dr. Rhonda Jones

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    Tithe, Time, and Talent: African Americans, Philanthropy, and the Civil Rights Movement, 1925-1968 addresses an important gap in civil rights historiography that centers on philanthropy, volunteerism, and fundraising.  Philanthropy has been an immutable part of the American experience since the late sixteenth century.  Since money is often emphasized as the highest form of contributory assistance, philanthropic studies frequently fail to take into account the socio-cultural value of time, expertise, and the exchange of goods and services.  African Americans hampered by enslavement, economic disparity, exclusion and social inequality entrenched in White supremacy, were forced to operate clandestinely.  “Hidden in plain sight,” their self-help initiatives though silent and informal, were orchestrated through the church, fraternal orders, benevolent and burial societies.   Practiced under the guise of self-care and community uplift, African Americans maintained schools, purchased land, operated soup kitchens, and created socio-political institutions that offered protection against a hostile world.  While there are myriad numbers of ways of understanding how African Americans actualized philanthropy, the documentation of their charitable activities have been more easily qualified than quantified.  As a result, documentation of their efforts has been grossly underestimated and they have become artificially marginalized as recipients and never as providers. 
    Dr. Rhonda Jones is a proficient scholar, researcher, and instructor who specializes in Public History, Archives, Digital History, United States History, Oral History, African American Philanthropy, the Civil Rights Movement, and International Documentary Studies.   

  • Genetic Genealogy with Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne

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    Blaine Bettinger and Debbie Parker Wayne, the authors of the new book Genetic Genealogy published by the National Genealogical Society, joins Jane to talk about the book.

  • Joshua Taylor on the NY Genalogical & Biographical So and the Genealogy Roadshow

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    D. Joshua Taylor, new president of the New York Genealogical Society and host of The Genealogy Roadshow, joins Jane to talk about the direction the NYG&B will be taking when its new strategic plan is implemented. Josh will also talk about his experiences as host of the PBS Genealogy Roadshow. Find out what it's like behind the scenes for the hosts and more.

  • Allen County Public Library with Curt Witcher

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    Live from Fort Wayne, IN, today, Curt Witcher joins Jane today to talk about the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN.

  • Early LDS Church History and Records with Keith Erekson

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    Keith Erekson, Director of the LDS Church History Library, joins Jane to talk about the history of the early Latter-day Saint church a.k.a. Mormon from its beginnings in NY to the migration west through Ohio, Illinois and then Utah. Keith will talk about the records that were kept by members of the early church, including records of those members who went on to California and who stopped practicing.  

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