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Faith Ringgold's "The Sunflowers Quilting Bee at Arles" and Madam C. J. Walker Between friendship links on Facebook and research on Ancestry.com (which I've decided is Facebook for the dearly departed), I've been able to make connections and conduct a level of intimate research for my new book about my great-grandmother, A'Lelia Walker, that I cou … Read More

via Madam Walker/A'Lelia Walker Family Archives

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I’m still feeling the glow of a great weekend in Chicago with old friends and new. The “Heritage of Resistance” symposium at the DuSable Museum where Michelle Duster, Charlene Drew Jarvis, Arthur McFarlane and I talked about our ancestors (Ida B. Wells, Dr. Charles Drew, W.E.B. Du Bois and Madam C. J. Walker) was amazing on so many levels.

Arthur McFarlane, Charlene Drew Jarvis, Zada Johnson, A'Lelia Bundles and Michelle Duster at the DuSable Museum

I’m marvelling at the fewer than six degrees of separation among my fellow panelists. Madam Walker knew and interacted with Du Bois  and Wells, who were founders of the NAACP. Dr. Charles Drew was a star doctoral student at Columbia University during the 1920s (after Walker’s death) and was well-known to the older generation like Wells and Du Bois.

We are ready to take this show on the road to universities, corporations and conferences!

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At the DuSable: A'Lelia Bundles joins other descendants of accomplished African Americans

Join us at the DuSable Museum in Chicago on Friday, February 18 at 5:30 p.m. as A’Lelia Bundles, Michelle Duster, Charlene Drew Jarvis and Arthur McFarlane discuss their accomplished ancestors Madam C. J. Walker, Ida B. Wells, Dr. Charles Drew and W.E.B. DuBois in conjunction with the exhibit “Let Your Motto Be Resistance.”

More details at the DuSable Museum website and on A’Lelia’s calendar.

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