And They Were the First: A Look Into the First African American Students to Attend Christian Colleges and Universities

College graduation-May 2014 We all attended our alma maters for certain reasons. I wanted a school as far away from NC as possible. Hence, I went to a college about 430 miles away from home. I began my college “career” as a biology, pre-med major and somehow graduated with a degree in history and politics. The greatest […]

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May 2016

With three semesters of graduate school under my belt,  I finished with a 4.0 GPA (look at God!). Honestly, this past school year was full of many challenges whether it was lack of motivation, regret, family, or extreme exhaustion. Nonetheless, I made it and I also passed my thesis proposal defense. I neglected this blog […]

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Look Out to Look In: The Search for a Living Descendant

Henry Sams (1915-1975) b. Jacksonville, Florida d. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Half-brother of the Flowers children Born to Henry Sams and Nancy Sawyer Sams, Henry Sams Jr. spent his childhood in Jacksonville, Florida before his family’s migration to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Throughout his lifetime, he excelled in sports since his time at Overbrook High School. He also participated in pre-Olympic meets […]

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Guess Who’s Back?

Watching the SuperBowl Game and cheering for the Panthers at the StreetBird (NYC) Still recovering from the loss. Last time I posted a blog was a little more than a month ago and how I miss having the time to do research. With work, school, conference prep, and a thesis proposal, I have had my […]

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A Letter To Her Friend: Dear Johnnie

When I find a note one of the members of this family wrote, I always crack a smile. I smile because these letters reveal more than any census record, birth certificate, or newspaper article could ever show–their personality, their humor, and their love and at times hate for people. In this featured letter, Geraldine Wilson […]

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A Leading Scholar on the Education of Black Children : An Intellectual Biography of Geraldine Wilson (Part I)

Geraldine Wilson in her college’s yearbook (Temple University), 1955 Geraldine Wilson (1931-1988) holds a special place in my heart. Her life reflected one of a phenomenal black woman who selflessly advocated for the rights of her people. Her resume and CV have spoken for themselves. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gerry, as she was […]

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A Revisit of Her Father’s Marriages: Harry Flowers and Nancy Sawyer

To read about Harry’s first marriage, click here. Nancy Sawyer (b. 1873) Harry Flowers (b. 1845-6) Children–Chauncey Sawyer Flowers (b.1895), John Flowers (b.1898), Fred Flowers (b.1899), Rachel Helen Flowers (b. 1900), Theodore Flowers (b. 1903), Vincent Flowers (b. 1906), Gladyce (b. 1908), and Hilda Clifford Flowers (b. 1910) In the 1887 U.S. City Directory for […]

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