The Search for Our African Ancestor’s Birthplace

 

Originally posted: by Melvin Collier “Roots Revealed” on 01 Feb. 2017 and republished  by Nikka Smith: “The Lowdown by Black ProGen” 02 Feb. 2017.

I am posting this blog post and the short video clip below on the first day of Black History Month 2017, to emphasize that our Black history did not begin with American chattel slavery.

 

About six years ago, my cousin Dr. Jeffrey Ogbar and I discussed our family connection via my maternal grandmother. During the phone conversation, he told me how his Edwards family knew the name of their “Kunta Kinte.” In the 1970s, down in Panola County (Como), Mississippi, his great-uncle, the late Rev. Sidney Edwards, interviewed family elders. They shared with him how the first Edwards was a man named Luke Edwards, who was from Africa. Not only that, family elders had knowledge of his true African name that he told his family – OGBA(R) OGUMBA. I was fascinated to hear this! I was also “green with envy” because this was the type of family history that I longed to have. I remember saying to Cousin Jeff, “Wow! You all are so blessed to have this kind of family history. This is rare!

earlyedwardshistory_clipped

 

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