Branded with African Blood (Paperback)

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Branded with African Blood (Paperback)

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This book describes the life of an African woman as she experiences the reluctant separation of her 9 years old daughter more than 230 years ago. It tells the story of the young African girl who becomes the grand matriarch of her family in the United States as a slave. The voice of the young African girl weeps as she speaks through her eternal soul to her great grandson (the author) about her struggles as a slave in the United States and her desperate desire to return to her African home and visit her kinfolks. She speaks about how she was prohibited by her slave masters and the unjust laws in a foreign land (the United States of America). She pleads with the author to make the trip back to her home in Ghana over two centuries later in her honor. He communed with God in his soul and hears many other African ancestors from the last ten centuries beckoning him to come home and connect with the rich ancestry and culture. He hears the calls of the living descendants of the ancestors saying come home. Prior to receiving the invitation from the soul of the Great grandmother, the author had been dealing with some identity issues inside his soul. He noticed that his White friends cherished their ancestral lineages. They appeared to connect themselves to their prosperous ancestry. He did not know much about his ancestry and that disturbed him. He was taught that Black people came from Africa. He attended college with students from Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, and South America and educated many of them in colleges and universities. He was curious if he had taught his international relatives unknowingly? The author accepted the invitation to visit Ghana from the soul of his Great Grandmother Adwoa. He wanted to meet her tribal members that lived there. These were the people that were related to his maternal great grandmother (Sarah Partee-Reed). He took one year to plan this historic visit. While preparing for the journey to Ghana to honor his Great Grandmother who had made the reluctant journey to the United States more than two centuries ago, the investigator asked himself a lot of questions. Why were Black people subjected to such harsh mistreatment such as slavery and all that came with it? Why did his family have to be subjected to such unkind mistreatments such as slavery and all that came with it? What was God's opinion on slavery? What was Jesus' standpoint on slavery? What was the view of popes, bishops, priests, pastors and deacons on slavery? What was the attitude of world leaders from various countries on slavery? Can slavery be better understood in a historical context? Who are his generational (distant) cousins and where are they now? Where does he go to find his international relatives? When the research is completed, will he know his family heritage and have a greater appreciation for it? What difference will this new knowledge make for his descendants? How will his life change as a result of knowing his family heritage? The author was journeying further and further into the unknown and unfamiliar and learning more and more as he traveled. He was sailing into uncharted waters where great discoveries lie. He was seeing the unknown and unfamiliar become the known and familiar moment by moment. His life continued to move from good to better to best to infinite day by day. He was expanding his territory of influence and operation. He was transcending barriers and limits. God became the things and advancements that he desired concerning Ghana. The author boarded a plane and traveled 6000 miles over the Atlantic Ocean to see what this calling and beckoning was all about. He left his lucrative professional career to answer this urgent call. He met and lived with his generational cousins in Africa and created an international movement of connecting kinships from two sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
The author was born in a shotgun house on the George Dixon plantation in Senatobia, Mississippi. He is the third of eight children born to sharecroppers with limited education and great wisdom. He was trained to perform farm work at the age of five. The activities included: plowing the farmland; chopping cotton; picking cotton; picking and shelling peas; grazing the mules; gathering the cows; milking the cows; feeding the hogs; and maintaining the gardens. The author's first year of schooling was in an old one-room building with one teacher. The one teacher taught eight different grades in the same day at Saint Mary's School in Nesbitt, Mississippi. The author received his elementary and high school education in the segregated public school system of DeSoto County, Mississippi. He graduated as valedictorian of his senior class. He led two major civil rights demonstrations against the school system during his tenure as a student. The author holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry; a Master of Science degree in Organic Chemistry; and a Ph.D degree in Organic Chemistry. He served as a college professor, division chair, dean, provost, executive vice president and interim president of higher educational institutions for more than 30 years. He is President of Divine Fulfillment Institute. He is an ordained minister. He filed and won a major federal lawsuit against the State of Mississippi in 1975. The lawsuit was titled, Frazier v. the State of Mississippi. The lawsuit addressed voter registration discrimination practices against Black College students who desired to register and vote in the city that they resided while attending college. The author's family has been traced back to the Mbundu ethnic tribe in Angola, The Akan ethnic umbrella of tribes in Ghana, and the Yoruba and Fulani ethnic tribes in Nigeria. His 256 great grandparents are believed to have been born and died in West Africa. He has reclassified himself as a Multi-Nationalist. He is on a mission to reconnect his family members across the world. He is the father of five adult children. He is the grandfather of nine grandchildren. He is the author of four books: "Journey into My Soul", "Converting Thoughts and Words into Things and Advancements", "Mississippi: Beneath the Surface!", and "Branded with African Blood."
Product Details ISBN: 9781466315877
ISBN-10: 1466315873
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Publication Date: January 12th, 2012
Pages: 382
Language: English