Much to Tell

Coleman Crawford Sr and Grandson William Weir

Embrace the Story

In 1994 I was working at Great Lakes, Illinois. I had no relatives in the area. There were lots of large families at church and in the general Waukegan-North Chicago community, but I often...

"Maudie's Emblem"

Saying Goodbye to Maudie

Some of the most memorable occasions in life are those of loss, whether of a loved one, a pet or a favorite toy. The emotions brought forth in the transition from being with to...

Rev. Ann McDonald - 1979

The Matchmaker

Oh yes, it would be different. A female pastor would be assigned to our small African Methodist Episcopal Church for the first time. Not everyone was happy. Mr. Grady Mayberry confessed a couple of...

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Document Your Stories

DO IT YOURSELF Documenting life history can be as simple as writing in a tablet or speaking into a recorder. At no cost a personal historian may provide helpful suggestions and instruction to an...

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Our Histories Continue

What inclined Solomon Northup and Frederick Douglass to write about their lives? How would we perceive Black History if no one took time to write about Harriet Tubman while she lived? Think of the...