With the things that have appeared in the newspapers the last few days, I cringe when opening my RSS feeds from them these days. Between the sudden untimely death of Bernie Mac at 50 yesterday and Isaac Hayes today, I almost left the reading until tomorrow lest there was another tragic passing. However, I was pleasantly surprised to see someone I have met personally written up in the Boston Globe today – Valerie Cunningham. For those of you who do not know her, Valerie has worked tirelessly to record and promote education about the black families who lived in Portsmouth, New Hampshire from colonial times to present.
I had the pleasure of meeting her for the first time at the NERGC 2005 Portland conference and again at the FGS Boston conference in 2006. She is a wonderful person and it is great to see her hard work getting the recognition it deserves.
The link for the article is here: http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2008/08/10/shining_a_light_on_nhs_black_history/