A nomad with roots: calling all expats to research the past

Black Girl Gone

Replanting your roots shouldn’t mean losing them

In March 1920, my grandmother lived with her parents and siblings in Jacksonville, FL. They shared a home with the parents and younger brother of A. Philip Randolph. She was attending Boylan-Haven School for Girls, a private school for Black girls that Zora Neale Hurston attended about 20 years earlier (and coincidentally my Mom would attend years later). She had just turned 12. Her mother had just died.

Her mother’s death was most likely a significant factor, but not the only reason for her father’s difficult decision to migrate north – just a few years before his own death in 1926. My grandmother and her family left behind the remarkable life they established in Jacksonville and moved to Philadelphia, PA.

Florida East Coast Railway station - Fort Pierce.Photo courtesy:  State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/798 Florida East Coast Railway station – Fort Pierce. Photo courtesy: State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/798

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An Afrigeneas.com Scholar Awardee, aka R. Califa currently is the Project Curator and Social Media Agent for Dance Mediumship Project #DANCESTORY2013-2017 #workingmylines formerly "Working Da Lines," coalescing Dance, Technology and Genealogy. She creates Community-building initiatives of impact for healing, transformation and advancement. Today Ms. Calloway yields an impressive over 25 year history as a well-versed African Diaspora Performance and Professional Teaching-Artist, Choreographer & sought after Producer /Curator of Artistic works specializing in African Ancestored Cultural histories...#Dancestory2016 yielded a proactive sojourn of empowerment invoking Communal Dance and Drum agencies to unearth, shake trees and build Family branches in kinship. #Dancestory2017 is next level practicums, ritual in motion and strengthening Family ties, Communal initiatives of advancement and Ancestral healing. #RiteOn

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