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Celebrate Black History!
This month the Descendants of West Ford plan to celebrate Black History Month with a wreath-laying ceremony at historic Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Virginia. The event will pay tribute to free people of color, such as ancestor West Ford, whose contributions helped define these great United States. The event marks the beginning of a new tradition for the family, who intend to make the wreath-laying ceremony an annual event. Check back for more details.
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I Cannot Tell a Lie: the True Story of George Washington's African American Descendants by Linda Allen Bryant is featured on Rawsistaz.com. Rawsistaz is an online book club for and about readers of color. Check it out!

Women of Words Hosts
Author's Night in Denver
Members of three book clubs attend book event

Members of three book clubs attend book event

On Saturday, January 26, 2002, the Women of Words Book Club hosted author Linda Allen Bryant for an evening of dining and conversation. Bryant spoke to an attentive audience in her first Denver appearance to promote her novel I Cannot Tell a Lie: The True Story of George Washington's African American Descendants.

Members of Boulder's Briar Patch Literary Society and the Up All Night Book Club also participated in the session in which Bryant answered questions about her book and her family's unique heritage. Bryant detailed her experiences dealing with authorities at Mount Vernon, and the challenges of being a first-time author writing on the complex subject of U.S. history.

Linda Allen Bryant urged the group to pursue their own work in researching and documenting their genealogy. Bryant noted the confidence that comes from knowing and honoring one's own family history, and quoted Carter G. Woodson to highlight the importance of preserving family stories - "When a race has no history, when it has no worthwhile tradition, it becomes a negligible factor in the thought of the world and it stands in danger of being exterminated." Woodson's words seemed to inspire those in attendance, and some even shared brief tales from their own family trees.

The session was enriched by the warmth and intelligence of participants, whose thoughtful comments and questions made for a stimulating discussion. The evening was a resounding success.

Women of Words is a diverse Denver-based book club that meets monthly. The club focuses on works by African American authors, publishes a monthly newsletter, and incorporates the love of literature with active community service.
Author Linda Allen Bryant would like to thank the Women of Words Book Club for their hospitality and enthusiasm.

Click here for more information about I Cannot Tell a Lie: The True Story of George Washington's African American Descendants.

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