Henry Louis Gates

Whether African slaves landed in the British colonies of North America or they were born free in Union states, slavery made it nearly impossible to keep a family unit together. With the change in a slave master’s economic or health status, black families were torn apart, sometimes permanently. http://www.blackamericaweb.com/?q=articles/news/the_black_diaspora_news/32047

UPDATE: COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Two great-uncles of syndicated radio host Tom Joyner, sent to the electric chair for the 1913 murder of a Confederate Army veteran, were unanimously pardoned Wednesday by South Carolina. Officials believe the men are the first in the state to be posthumously pardoned in a capital murder case. Black landowners […]