WHO WILL TEACH OUR STORY TO OUR CHILDREN?

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THE GRIOT: Historian-Writer   Christopher Moore, the author of the Teacher’s Guide for the “Rites of Ancestral Return” project, responds to questions from Baltimore, MD schoolchildren and their teachers on October 1, 2003, just minutes before the start of the city’s ancestral observances. Moore is the chief researcher for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and research coordinator for the African Burial Ground Project. He oversaw the dignified transfer of 4 coffins, containing the remains of 18th century Africans, from a white unmarked truck to hearses in each procession city. He also walked as the procession’s chief sentinel behind the horse-drawn carriages in the cities. Moore co-wrote, with Howard Dodson and Roberta Yancey, The Black New Yorkers: The Schomburg Illustrated Chronology, and traces his New York family roots to 1649.