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Mama Georgia’s Glorious Homegoing

MOTHER GEORGIA MAE BROWN née HUNTER

Sunrise: June 22, 1914, Summerfield, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana Sunset: July 12, 2022, Oakland, Alameda County, California

AUG 04, 2022 Homegoing Celebration for GEORGIA MAE BROWN (June 22, 2014-July 12, 2022)
My Grandmother “Mama Georgia” is a powerful Matriarch, one of God’s formidable witnesses of indomitable Spirit. #givepraisetilife
Please Visit our online Guestbook to share a memory, sentiments, and condolences: Legacy.com: AUG 04, 2022 Homegoing for GEORGIA MAE BROWN

My Spirit is so pleased to have witnessed the sojourn of a powerful Spiritual Warrior and that is my paternal Grandmother Georgia Brown.

I am so grateful that in this Season of my life, I’d be initiated by Spiritual prowess harkening the days of what is often remarked as “old time religion” bearing marks of Ancestral wisdom carried by such a keen Soul, brash and with might. Never could one come for Mama, Georgia’s praise as she’d reverence it to God. I love the very rasp of her voice, the jokes, reflections, and tarry, the scriptural assignments, and deep prayers. Her favor upon my head nestles in the crown of my head as a jewel.

“You say you wanna know about History, well here I am” ~Mama Georgia

OH MY LORD, you are missed, yet REMEMBERED Mama Georgia in my heart all the days long. So glad for your glorious return Home

My Grandmother’s departure is a tour de force whose heavenly assignment upon this planet was carried out well. Well Done Queen Mother.

God Be Praised!

*Love and sweet ease to my Family

SEIZE THE TIME – reparations in CA

*Wisdom for today’s post in reflection of the vote to approve reparations by the

AB 3121 California Reparations Task Force

“REPARATIONS FOR DIRECT DESCENDANTS OF ENSLAVED PEOPLE ONLY”

Muralist: Madaw Futur, Aerosoul; APR.21; Location: Oakland, Broadway & Telegraph | photog: Jane Tyska/Bay Area News Group) APR.21

>3 decades of legislative introductions by Black Congressional Leaders,

>Former California Secretary of State, Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. authored and championed Assembly Bill 3121 – known as:

AB 3121, Weber. Task Force to Study and Develop Reparation Proposals for African Americans.

>Governor Newsom approved and filed with the Secretary of State Sept. 30, 2020

>A 2-year Study by a Task Force on Reparations, begin the early stages to propel this intitiative.

>The 9 – member Task Force was set with an agenda to address multi-dimensional areas ranging from Historical ramifications of slavery to American systems of Institutionalized racism and its damaging effects upon generations of African American people. Working in concert with an economical team, the Task Force is also faced with the daunting task to propose how Reparations might be implemented, disbursed, or instituted…

LEARN MORE about AB 3121 California Reparations Task Force ^click image^
“Members listen to public comment during a virtual meeting on Jan. 28, 2022.” 
photo credit: Beth LaBerge/KQED) | Original article: Lakshmi Sarah KQED.org

One clarifying element about the recent vote, hinges upon eligibility being lineage-based for California African American residents, who are descendants of enslaved people; Yet, at this time, does not include DNA, warned as “invasive” with a concern about its limited technological access and somehow impacting the participation of people with disabilities, as advised by one member…

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Ancestral Communal Kinship initiative
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As a Professional Genealogist, emerging Genetic Genealogist, Family History Commissioner, Advocate and Presenter of Community kinship initiatives, I am grateful for a foundation of training embedded in advocacy and activism; this further fuels my works and vision to facilitate access for ALL to obtain their Ancestor’s genealogical information, especially my people…it is yOUR birthright

As reparations revolutionalize to become a reality, before folks start counting coins, invest your time and energy building your Family Tree and unearthing your story. Names give clues to your connection and its impact upon your life –find out just HOW. Wisdom from your Ancestors empowered by your Elders bears an invaluable inheritance of immeasurable wealth that prospers your life.

Renew your commitment to pay it forward, dedicate yourself to the research, and say their names. Teach your Family History to your children and other Family members, and work together to discover creative ways to preserve the stories.

SEIZE THE TIME — and remember to keep the receipts! // @workingmylines

Black Panther Party rank and file, Former Chairwoman Elaine Brown, and Party Co-Founder tell it like it is and was through Song and History — powerful thought and action transcending the times, speaking to TODAY! #RiteON

Black History Beyond 2022

We Celebrate in the tradition of our Ancestors, elevating our very own stories of Historical merit today. Check your Yard! YOU GOT HISTORY!

What’s the most fondest memory of your Grandparents?

What was the most hilarious moment shared with your siblings?

Who was that famous Uncle or Auntie that made it back in the day?

Share the backstory of your childhood S[Hero] or revered Community Leader today.

How has “the Block” changed, people, landmarks or structure?

#yourSTORYmatters

TIP: Write, journal, record, video record, Livestream, gather as Family, ZOOM, Google Meet presentation it, publish it, digital preserve it. Show and Tell your story , preserve History.

@workingmylines

A Genealogist’s bounty of bookS…

Everyone’s Genealogy Library or Family History arsenal must possess this Book by “the Godfather of Black Family History”, Tony Burroughs. He is a Historian, Internationally renown Master Genealogist, Lecturer and Best-selling Author. Mr. Burroughs is also the founder and CEO of the Center for Black Genealogy

I was privy to attending a lecture session of Mr. Tony Burroughs at RootsTech 2018. A vibrant speaker, he was thorough with a commanding presence and I quickly learned that in his tell of “the story” there was a minefield of clues and research strategies off the beaten trek; I was imbued to go back over some of my own steps concerning an Ancestor with an “African” birthplace and whose Mother and Father’s birthplace was Africa as well, on the 1880 U.S. Federal Census for Union, Nevada, Arkansas, USA. When I mentioned her surname, “Gulley” to Mr. Burroughs, there immediately was actual Family kinship who had shared their own inquiry with him prior, which turned out to be about my LYDIA GULLEY.

Seriously?! Out of 28,000 folks in attendance that year, Africans Americans represented less than 200, and I’d make a direct connection with a couple other Family Historians who’d share kinship with me in Mr. Burroughs’ session — the majesty of it all! Among many Distinguished Awards, Mr. Burroughs is also a sought after Professional Genealogist appearing on Television shows such as Oprah’s Roots on PBS with Henry Louis Gates and with Smokey Robinson on Who Do You Think You Are?  Over 35 years in the field of Genealogical research and Family History he’s traced his own lineage back 8 generations. A dedicated Pioneer cultivating Family History advocacy, education and scholarship, aligns himself with the vision of his Institution that:

“Every person of African descent knows their family history.”

A Grand salute to Mr. Tony Burroughs! info: www.tonyburroughs.com

My Crown Day Celebrations were virtually elevated by the gift of BOOKS. I curated a wish list of must have books by Family History Researchers and Leading Genealogists, along with Field Researchers of deep works and interest. I’m so grateful to my Family and Communal kinship who demonstrated a powerful impact upon my 2021 Birthday Celebrations. I remain filled with gratitude for the advancement of my personal Library to further my research and study. I SAY YES!

*To learn more about the works of these Authors, please click on the green links below:
Working the Roots: Over 400 Years of Traditional African American Healing

by Michele Elizabeth Lee

Freedmen of the Frontier Volume 1: Selected Cherokee, Choctaw, & Chickasaw Freedmen Families

by Angela Y. Walton-Raj

Freedmen of the Frontier Volume 2: Selected Creek and Seminole Freedmen Families

by Angela Y. Walton-Raji, Jean L. Cooper

Orishas, Goddesses, and Voodoo Queens: The Divine Feminine in the African Religious Traditions

by Lilith Dorsey

Power of the Psalms

by Anna Riva

Krak Teet: A Catalog of Black Savannah’s Biographies

by Trelani Michelle, Xavier Hutchins

Artifacts of the Old African Lodge

by Stephen M. Baptista, Forward by James R. Morgan III

The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide to Uncovering Your Ancestry and Researching Genealogy

by Kenyatta D. Berry

Arrival of the First Africans in Virginia (American Heritage)

by Ric Murphy 

Family Tree Workbook: 30+ Step-by-Step Worksheets to Build Your Family History

by Brian Sheffey

*Modupe*
*A’dupe’o Baba Ifayiga & SHE’, Sistar Igbin Ade, Cousin Kay Walton, Cousin Imani, Wesley, Sistar Tossie Long & Fam’ Heather & Mario Brown

// @workingmylines 09 March 2021

RootsTech 2022: ARE WE RELATED?!

Take the journey to connect with your kinship, Ancestors, your STORY…

#ChooseConnection

#chooseconnection

Event Details:

MARCH 3-5, 2022

100% Free Virtual Event

Online at www.rootstech.org

Sponsored by FamilySearch

in shared kinship works,
Sis. Regina Calloway, Field Research Genealogist workingmylines.org | #nzoCALIFAncestry
IG: ReginaCalifa360


<archive> RootsTech2021: Connect – LIVE!!!

Take your Family History Sojourn on a Virtual Experience, FREE! Register: www.rootstech.org

February 25-27, 2021 | ONLINE: Streams, Sessions on Demand, Interactive Expo, Language Translators, Cooking Demos, Cultural Heritage exchanges, and Africans Teaching Africans, so pleased for the opportunity to connect with my Continental Kinship.

Portals I’ll Visit:

African American Research Series *click link*

Learn the best practices and methods available to search and find your ancestors within African American historical records.” #RootsTech2021

I’m still tuning up my Playlist via the Familysearch.org access, let’s Connect and watch a few sessions together. @nzoCALIFAncestry

Connect

in shared kinship works,
Sis. Regina Calloway, Field Research Genealogist workingmylines.org | #nzoCALIFAncestry
IG: ReginaCalifa360


You’re right on time, as the sessions are ON DEMAND through the RootsTech portal. Visit the website. www.rootstech.org

Be informed that although you don’t have to create a RootsTech account, registration allows you to patch into the happenings. To enable access to customization features and make CONNECTtions with other attendees, you will need a FamilySearch account. Sign up for one FREE, if you don’t have one: Family Search

GOT MORE FAQ’s, the ROOTSTECH PORTAL HAS YOUR ANSWERS

During these unique times sanctioning our distance, #RootsTech2021 Connect presents a rare opportunity for US to be close again.


your black code DIVINE…

       Like no other, the very divinely conscious idea of YOU was definitively created with a purpose. Imbued with a powerful energy force of LOVE SUPREME, not only to be received, worked, curated or taught, but to endure, to teach and to grow infinitely.  Through guided rites of passage and self-exploration, FAMILY has become for me God's treasured gift to this world.  Where by blood, life force flows and by Spirit it is edified, thru breath. What some of our Elders knew then, is still vital to to weather the times of now. 

It's important to honor your walking History, your Elders, Family and Community Leadership. FAMILY bears a value of which no Man can price, for it is indeed of Godly proportions. No matter who you are, where you might be or what you've been through, your sojourn is the continuing journey of the many before you.  And your Godly potential realized today, will continue to enlighten pathways for others to travel well. 

So #walkwell and honor breath.  
Egun iba'se  - give praise of Aṣẹ to the lives of our Ancestors. *loosely translated* 

“I do not walk alone. My ancestors are always with me. They carry my spirit during the challenging times of my life and walk in prayer with me everyday.” ~Native American wisdom

~ in shared kinship works, Sis. Regina #workingmylines

Back on the Blogging Block…

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Been a bit, as I’ve been hitting the pavement, digging deep, traveling wide and praying on high, blasting through proverbial research Brick Walls, and basking in the inheritance of a multitude of FAMILY!!! *Special shout out to the fantastic Family Reunion efforts of SIMS in New Orleans, the WALSTONS in the Bay Area and the BROWN-REDIC Family ties convening in Las Vegas this year.

We all know that although Family Reunion planning can prove to be challenging, the rewards run long and deep. We have so many reasons more to strengthen our ties, honor our Elders and to motivate the minds of our Youth to carry our traditions forward. I am deeply inspired, and enjoy my newly discovered kinship. I share in the vision to rediscover, rejuvenate and reunite, Family.

Weathering Hurricane our SIMS kept it Family tight New Orleans, early July
The Mighty WALSTONS blazed new trails in Family Reunion planning, bridging Family over 100 strong to extending Family History Research. And a welcomed Spirit of determination deserves applause as the BROWN-REDIC Vegas reunion stayed in fellowship during August heat. Job well done Family, see you sooner.

Although this Season is considered FALL, Ancient wisdom would reveal that this time of the year IS the New Year. Celebrated Wisdom Teacher, Iyanla proclaims the season to “ALL FALL UP” , to do those things required to get us back in sync with nature, to FALL INTO your purpose. *a’dupe Iya*

I know it to be Odunde in Yoruba, West African Culture, the Harvest or in the Bay Area and some regions Kwanzaa is celebrated honoring First Fruits and thus the fruits of our labor. Among Communal kinship circles, the Fall is filled with a fête season of Ancestral remembrance, perfect for gathering Summer Reunion memories, bringing them forward to share at ceremonial offerings of atonement.

Ancestral Community Altar, Malonga Center Community – West Oakland Lil Bobby Hutton aka Defremery Park: Life is Living Festival 10 *Curator: R Califa, nzoCALIFA

It’s the time to cove, for reflection, to release, and for re-envisioning; The Fall Equinox is my is my favorite time of the year for gratitude, and let me tell you my cup runneth over. I get excited by stepping up my service in the legacy of my Ancestors as Missionaries, Evangelists and Community Workers. Activating my own vehicles of service, I recruit and motivate aligned interests who desire to demonstrate exceptional acts of kindness, to express favor and practice #goodGIVING and Giving thanks, simply.

Bursting with the abundance of wisdom from researching my Family History, continues to fill me. I am grateful for the indomitable Spirit that dwells within me in a long walk of Faith, that transcend from a folk whose daily bread is guided prayer, praise and giving God the Glory.

~Amen, Aṣẹ and So it is…

Maternal Walston-Terrell-Livingston Family, by way of my Grandfather, CLAUDE WATERS, JR
Walston Family Reunion 2019, Bay Area, CA

Honor your Walking History

“Honor the “Walking History” of wealth that dwell among you — Your Elders!  Listen, learn, record and chart their stories, we can benefit from their embodied knowledge; We are that much more abundant transcending the yoke of our Ancestors. And if you don’t know that by now, then start counting your blessings, starting with your breath. Drink from the fountain of Ancestral wealth, be full and then refresh the cup of another.” 

Excerpt from workingmylines blog: “Check Your Spiritual DNA” https://bit.ly/2kkoA1P
#BlackProGen LIVE! Provided guided advisory about accessing the public records to utilizing discretion and respecting the privacy of those you're contacting. See episode 74
#BlackProGen LIVE! Tips on researching your Living Family, Associations & Neighbors.
Providing guided advisory from accessing public records you to using discretion and respecting the privacy of those you’re contacting.
See episode #74:  https://youtu.be/oUxIwTlkU1s

  NO #drivebygenealogy here! 

~coinphrased by #BlackProGen Live! Ep: 74

A bit of my take-away from this exciting episode:

  • Research records accessible at County Clerk/Recorder Offices, Libraries, and include contact with your local Genealogical Society.
  • Look for Family names at Mortuaries, Cemeteries and Funeral Homes onsite and check for an online presence, including Obituary listings.
  • Think White Pages is out-dated? Think again, some Grandparents and Old School folks still have their Landline or the same cell phone number they first signed up for.
  • And the wisdom of my Elders share that, “a little manner goes a long way”.  When speaking with an Elder, make it your intention to give your undivided attention to the conversation with an open mind and ear. Do take notes and get clearance first to record.

Strengthen your Family Ties! Make a phone call, visit an Elder today; Invest in the time and gain wisdom that transcends time.

// #workingmylines

FREE Webinar- B&W Antebellum Plantation Records – Southern Families

Presented by the North Carolina Genealogical Society

An invaluable resource to Southern and African American researchers, encompasses business and personal papers from numerous slave-holding families of the South. Decades of genealogical history, 1st account documents surface to struggling personal accounts of “familial” entanglements. The collection also includes cited instances of the enslaved named and perhaps inheriting property to the counted unnamed and sold into inheritances. 

Dallas Public Library Associate and Owner of Black Genesis Genealogical Consulting Company, Ari Wilkin’s presentation will demonstrate the breadth of the collection, how to navigate and apply the records to personal research.

Register here: 
https://www.ncgenealogy.org/e…/recorded-webinar-ari-wilkins/

 

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LAUNCH: week 1, Ancestral Guardian #52ANCESTORS IN 52 WEEKS

#workingmylines: I accept this challenge and dedicate this initiative to my Ancestral Guardian, my Maternal Grandfather aka “Stuff” hailing from Junction City, Louisiana. Iba’e, Iba’e tonnu

Paternal Grandfather: Claude Waters, Jr

birth: April 6, 1926, Junction City, LA | death: January 13, 1997, Oakland, CA

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Claude Waters, Jr was born to the parents of Freadie Brooks and Claude Waters, Sr, both deceased. He accepted Christ at the age of 13 at Fellowship Baptist Church in Junction City, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana. Later he served on the usher board at Mt. Lebanon, in Darnell, LA. Developing a strong work ethic at a young age, he learned how to work on the farm, driving tractors and trucks.

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Junction City, LA is the twin City of Junction City Arkansas

The family headed West part of the Second Great Migration, post Depression with aspirations to elevate their economic plight, landing in West Oakland, California.  Married to Elsie (Culverson) Waters  at age 18, their first home was on Campbell St. and Willow Manor down the street, was the local school his children attended.  He obtained early work with industry giant, Owens Illinois Glass Company, during World War II. Drafted for service to the United States Armed Forces for 2 years, my Grandfather later worked at the Oakland Army Base in materials handling as an equipment operator.  After furthering his education at Merritt College he worked professionally for the State of California in Landscaping and Highway Maintenance for 26 years, availing the Family

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home we know today in what is known as the Fremont area; they were the first Black Family on the block as his children attended the local Fremont Highschool while others attended,  Castlemont  and Oakland Technical Highschool.

Maybe around 2003, I was bestowed with a rare opportunity to revisit my Grandparents’ first digs on Campbell Street, as it was then owned by enterprising West Oakland “Black moguls” who were acquiring real estate;  Through a close friend, I’d also learn that a New Orleans couple that I knew, were slated to purchase it and so I arranged access to take a private tour.  By cell phone, my Mom guided me through each room, vividly depicting who stayed where, including her Grandmother “Sug” in the “Mother-in-law” room.  When I told my Maternal Grandmother, Mama Elsie of this, we were all pretty excited about the couple of purchasing the home as they were still in escrow, yet my she’d mindfully warn – get the keys!

When my Grandfather transitioned in January 1997, it was like the spoke of a wheel had broken, leaving the wheel  to topple over struggling to balance — Family.  He was a 25 member of the Masons, with membership to Monarch Lodge #73Menelik Temple #36 and the Victoria Consistory, he was also the President of the Scimitar Club for 2 years.  He was that pillar and visionary who surpassed risks, didn’t accept “I can’t” and firmly encouraged our productivity, progressive action and no-nonsense; he still was a lot of fun and laughs and could out run ALL of his track star grandchildren in jeans, with his house slippers on and a cigarette in his mouth. *smh*  My Grandmother called him a  “risk-taker” for which we are all grateful to him to this day, as we STILL remain property owners in Oakland.

 If it weren’t for the positive encouragement of my Grandparents, I wouldn’t have taken such a dedicated interest in Family History extending to Geneaological research.  Upon many attempts I’ve worked to crack “the mystery” surrounding my Grandfather’s paternal line.  I’ve heard the ‘lore of half-sisters one day, estranged family members asking for money another day, yet NO NEW INFO today, this is where Ancestral grace will kick in. Some years back, I did learn from his draft registration card,  his Father,

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Commemorating Lo’Eshe Lacy, killed in a West Oakland shooting at age 16    @hoodline.com

Claude Waters, Sr was previously married to a Daisy Rose and the next of kin listed on the card was a “Raiford” “Rayford” ; In subsequent searches there’d be an absence of any information between the 1920’s and 1930’s, although I’ve located residence info cited in the 1930 U.S. Census.  I’ve been poking in and around neighbor surnames on Census records as well, and even super-sleuthing information surrounding my great grandfather’s first wife Daisy Rose-Waters her 2nd husband and son , with no avail to any additional information.

According to my Elder Uncle, my Great-Grandfather would not speak of his parents, it was said he was pretty hush-hush about his Family.   Yet, my Grandfather’s life quest was to learn more about his paternal side – this quest was bequeathed unto me before he died. I’ve stay in the works to this date, destined to unearth the answers. And with the introduction of DNA testing, I have tenaciously encouraged, prayed, and coached 2 generations of our treasured Y-chromosome WATERS Men to rise to the occasion and help crack this Family code — my fingers are still crossed. // #workingmylines

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archive photo: Owens Illinois Glass Company founded in Oakland, CA 1946 as plant number 20, drawing many to the West for war-time work, including my Grandfather; eventually the company was re-assigned as Owens-Brockway Glass Container Company for which my Brothers and I worked various shifts in East Oakland as teenagers.

[image: @GlassFloatJunkie blogspot]