Media Mentions

We wish to express our gratitude to the reporters, genealogists, webmasters, and everyone who has been involved in supporting the history of West Ford and his descendants. Thank you for giving us the opportunity to tell our story to the public.

Part of the remarkable legacy of West Ford is the amazing "paper trail" that he left behind - one that is being perpetuated centuries after his passing. Mentions of West Ford in various forms of preserved media, from public records to private papers, to print and broadcast news, are a clear mark of distinction - and this tradition continues.

The significance of the West Ford heritage has become even more apparent in the new millennium. The first book about the Ford family was released in 2001 and is in it's 4th printing. The Legacy of West Ford's website continues to educate and to share pertinent facts about the Ford family; it's history, archival photos, land grants, last wills and testaments, newspaper articles, and archival records for public review. 

The following is a list of media coverage and events:

PBS Documentary: George and Venus A PBS mini-documentary with the descendants of West Ford

www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/jefferson/video/report1.html

 

Video by Sarah Brown includes a pic of West Ford
https://vimeo.com/179121546

2003

January 2003 - History: Right or Rewrite by John Hunneman for The Californian

February 2003 - Release of ATT Media commercial

 

2002

April 2002 - Rocky Mountain Book Festival

February 2002 - The Birmingham Times, Birmingham, Alabama

February 2002 - iUniverse Feature Read the article

February 2002 - The Urban Spectrum, Denver, Colorado 

February 2002 - Inaugural Wreath-Laying Ceremony at Mount Vernon

 

2001

October, 2001 - Background presentation and book signing of I Cannot Tell a Lie in Denver, Colorado

August 2001 - Public Television Channel 22 Peoria, Illinois, Captions

July 31, 2001 - "West Ford Was in the House" article by Wendy Robinson for the Multiracial Activist.

July 26, 2001 - Interview with Mike Dimick for WMBD television

July 25, 2001 - "Invite Relatives to Washington Dinner" op/ed article by Pam Adams, Peoria Journal Star.

July 24, 2001 - Interview on the Richard Kaffenberger Show for KZZZ in Bullhead City, Arizona.

July 2, 2001 - Lakeview Library/Book signing of I Cannot Tell a Lie in Peoria, Illinois

June 14, 2001 - Interview with Malik Russell for the Black World Today for Black World Radio.

July 5, 2001 - "Author details claim of tie to Washington" article by Robert Jackson, Rocky Mountain News.

June 2001 - "I Cannot Tell a Lie" Linda Allen Bryant's novel released.

 

2000

May 6, 2000 - PBS Frontline feature "George and Venus" (click to view the online video)

May 6, 2000 - Family Tree Magazine top pick

April 4, 2000 - Spotlight on West Ford at Afrigeneas website

March 31, 2000 - KNUS 710 AM (Denver) (radio interview with Ford descendant Linda Allen Bryant

March 27, 2000 - Fox 103.5 (Denver) Lewis and Floorwax (radio interview with Ford descendant Linda Allen Bryant)

March 28, 2000 - DenverRocky Mountain Newsarticle by Robert Jackson

March 26, 2000 - Chicago Tribune article by Jeremy Manier

February 29, 2000 - CBS Sunday Morning (national television broadcast)

February 21, 2000 - Website Launched at www.westfordlegacy.com

February 21, 2000 - West Ford Genealogy Page Named Top Pick by AOL

February 3, 2000 - Peoria Journal Star article by Pam Adams

February 3, 2000 - Denver Rocky Mountain News article by Robert Jackson

February 3, 2000 - Aurora Sentinel article by Robert Jackson

 

TELEVISION INTERVIEWS: (tapes available)

  • 1998 Channel 9 News - TELEVISION INTERVIEWS
  • 1998 MSNBC
  • 1999 Today Show
  • 1999 CBS Morning Show
  • 1999 MSNBC
  • 2000 48 Hours

TELEVISION MENTIONS:

  • 1998 CNN
  • 1998 Jay Leno Show
  • 1998 Saturday Night Live
  • 1999 C-Span
  • 1999 RPS Television - London

LIVE RADIO BROADCASTS:

  • 1997 KDKO - Denver, Colorado
  • 1997 Peter Boyles' Talk Radio - Colorado
  • 1998 KACT Los Angeles
  • 1998 BBC London
  • 1998 Sheridan Broadcasting Network - USA
  • 1998 Rush Limbaugh Radio Network
  • 1999 KABC Los Angeles
  • 1999 KACT Los Angeles
  • 1999 Sheridan Broadcasting Network - USA