Robert Johnson, founder of Black Entertainment Television, was recently in the news discussing his real estate investments in Liberia. He has built a luxury resort that is providing opportunity for careers and much needed revenue. Johnson is also encouraging African Americans to learn the mutual history of Liberia and the United States. I am proud to say that I am aware of the shared history between our two countries due to family ties. After years trying to track down the descendants of 112 African Americans who left Lowndes county, Georgia in 1871 and 1872, I had the opportunity to meet them in Atlanta. The event was an annual convention hosted by descendants who are members of Arthington Reconstruction Development Association, an organization of Liberian Americans determined to rebuild their city which was devastated by civil unrest that began in 1980.
My search for these descendants started in [Read more...]