The O'Kelleys will discuss building bridges and healing the divide in the racial culture of America. They are an example that the horrible system from the past of slavery doesn’t have to linger into hate or dislike between races today. Many Americans share DNA of mixed ancestry. We must come together as a nation understanding that we really are all family!
Joyce Ann Huston from St. Louis, MO is a vocalist, trumpeter & genealogist enthusiast that began following a presentation on her family tree at the Las Vegas O’Kelley Family Reunion she hosted in 1991 where she resided for 25 years. She always loved hearing family stories from the elders & attending reunions. Ms. Huston was successful in finding one of her white slaveowner descendant lines whom they share DNA & embrace each other as family. In 2017, they appeared on St. Louis’ NBC News, in the Post-Dispatch & have appeared on multiple media outlets.
Argie Hoskins-Shumway b. in 1935, resides in Provo, UT. She’s done extensive genealogical research which is how Ms. Huston found her records that aligned them together. She grew up in a multicultural environment in a mining camp in New Mexico. She came to appreciate & love the cultural differences among those who lived & worked together. Her understanding evolved that we are more alike than we are different. She believes that we can let our differences divide us or have our likenesses unite us. No other success exceeds family & that’s why she loves family history.