Building Digital Bridges to Cross Cultural Divides

I am a part of a team of students, scholars, entrepreneurs, and volunteers who are building a digital library and genealogical/family history database for African Americans (Gullah-Geechee) in coastal Georgia and their “distant relatives” in Sierra Leone. The purpose of this project, sponsored by the Carlton-Carew Ep Foundation, is to exchange resources and ideas, initiating a dialogue to bridge cultural, historical, technological and economic divides in the present. At THATCamp I would like to share the goals for this project, find new friends and partners, and most importantly get feedback and suggestions on how to incorporate emerging technologies into this project.

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About svaught3

Seneca Vaught is an Assistant Professor of History and African and African Diaspora Studies at Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia. He received his Ph.D. from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, OH. His research interests include African and African American history and the intersection of culture and policy; he is actively involved in applying Africana Studies scholarship to strategies of community development and social change. He is a senior fellow of the Africana Cultures and Policy Studies Institute and a former intern of TransAfrica Forum.
  • Michelle

    WOW!  Awesome project!!  I love how this is both digital, and pan-African in it’s scope.

  • Miller

    wow. My father in law is Joshua Carew, a current candidate for Sierra Leone’s president so I wonder if we are related. I’ll look for your session when I arrive.

  • I’m not Sierra Leoneon but I will be sure to ask Mrs. Jarrett the next time I see her.