NPR’s The Takeaway Features DDFR

John Hockenberry Interviews Thomas Allen Harris about Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR)

On Wednesday, March 2, The Takeaway‘s John Hockenberry interviewed Thomas Allen Harris on Digital Diaspora Family Reunion in an episode the called: “Rewriting History, One Family Photo at a Time.”

The Takeaway:

They say that history is written by the people in power. And for centuries in the Western world, that meant that stories by and about people descending from Africa were barely touched upon in the history books. The Digital Diaspora Family Reunion (DDFR) is trying to change that. A web-based multi-media project, the DDFR encourages people with African ancestry to submit family photos, along with stories, from their own attics and shoeboxes.

As part of the show, DDFR Roadshow participant Bernice Bennett joined via phone stating:

One of the things I share with people is that I believe ancestors left footprints. I truly believe that they want us to find information and the information is out there. I call it my GPS – this is God’s personal system of research because there is a higher power that’s guiding the research.

To listen to the complete show, click here

As part of the show, The Takeaway’s Kathleen Lingo produced the following video segment using images she found on our site as well as an image uploaded by a listener.

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