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Clifford Worthy, the great grandson of slaves, was one of the few African-American men of his generation who was accepted and excelled as a Black Knight of the Hudson, a traditional nickname for West Point cadets. Worthy describes his journey to West Point, the many challenges he overcame both in his family and in the U.S. Army, including service in the front lines of Vietnam.
In the late 1940s, the doors to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point were closed to most young African-American men. The few who had attended the prestigious military academy before that were subjected to relentless abuse and few survived. Worthy took the chance of reaching out to U.S. Rep. John Dingell Sr., who had been a proud part of the New Deal in Washington D.C. and was ready to unlock closed doors.
Colonel Clifford Worthy’s commitment to faith, family and service included his loving support of his son Mark, who was born with developmental disabilities at a time when the boy’s disabilities were not widely understood. That part of this memoir already is inspiring readers who share that long journey with loved ones who live with disabilities. Cliff talks to host Jim Fausone about life over 5 decades and the lessons he has learned.
Laura Colbert is the daughter of a Vietnam War Military Police officer and sister to an Army Infantry Medic. Laura joined the Army National Guard as a Military Police officer in 2001 during college at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received her Honorable Discharge in 2009. She served 16 months on active duty, spending over a year in Baghdad, Iraq. Laura’s love of travel, living abroad, and serving others brought her to her current position as a middle-school principal.
She kept a journal while serving and decided to write a book sharing her experiences so those that dont serve might get a glimpse of what service really is about vs the media accounts. She wrote Sirens: How to Pee Standing Up: An Alarming Memoir of Combat and Coming Back Home.
She shared her experiences with host Jim Fausone.
A Ruse, A Railroad A River; Mapping Miles from the Antebellum South to Freedom
Fearlessness and the clever escape from enslavement taken by Miles Eason, 3X Great Grandfather who used the Civil War as ruse for escape, inevitably breaking the color barriers of the Coal Mining boom of Philadelphia.
Tanisha is content creator and microblogger behind Ancestral Bequest, a bespoke and inclusive community that is dedicated to genealogical exchange and education. Being of the school of though that we are all just the physical manifestation of genealogy as birthright.
Tanisha Joined the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society – New Jersey Chapter in November of 2019 and is an alum of the Midwest African American Genealogical Institute where her focus has been Genetic Genealogy and DNA Analysis. Ms. Watson has been tasked with being her families historian since she was 8 years old, often telling family stories and impersonating the elders. Through her research she has been able to trace back to 1790’s making connections to her ancestors from Norfolk Virginia to Gatesville North Carolina.
Penned by her peers as The Rebel Genealogist™?, She is driven to tell compelling stories of the lives of her ancestors beyond the databases they’re often confined to. We have to be the ones to tell their stories and honor them with pride.