Ancestors unKnown has been on the move in 2015! As you may know, we partner with schools to deliver our unique curriculum of Untold Histories and Genealogy Research. And now, AU’s Founder, Dana Saxon, is offering lectures and workshops that are spreading the mission in new and exciting ways.
So where did the work begin this year? In Washington, DC! And what a way to start the year off strong.
Dana’s favorite DC workshop (it’s okay to have favorites, right?) was at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library. MLK Library’s Black Studies Department invited students and parents from the Sankofa Homeschool Group to participate in a unique student workshop, “Time Traveling: A Creative Writing Journey.” The students and several of their parents didn’t only show up – they showed up on a snowy day, ready to participate!
The “Time Traveling” workshop encouraged students to explore family history and their personal legacies, while blurring lines between the past, present and future. The talented students reflected on the writing prompts and questions in the most insightful ways imaginable.
One of the first tasks was to travel to the year 2115, when their great-great granddaughters have discovered artifacts that the students will leave behind. When students were asked to write about themselves as future ancestors, the pieces they wrote and shared were inspired, thoughtful, and even chilling.
Sankofa Homeschool students represented a wide range of ages and grade levels. And in this supportive environment, all of the students felt comfortable participating and sharing some of their creative work. Plus, I think we all had some fun using our imaginations!
The responses from students, parents, and the MLK Library staff have been incredible. We’ll definitely have to do this again. See you soon, DC!