The Melungeon Heritage Association presents its 2020 Annual Melungeon Union Meeting lineup of speakers through this new podcast due to COVID-19. This seven episode series brings the extraordinary stories and insights from an array of voices, each with their own facinating glimpse into mixed-ancestry and cultural evolution. Hosted by Heather Andolina, President of The Melungeon Heritage Association, and Lis Malone, Podcaster and Diversity Inclusion Advocate. Produced by Lis Malone.
Presented by The Melungeon Heritage Association (www.melungeon.org)
S2 EP 1: Kimberly Knight Interview
Kimberly Knight earned a Bachelors in Family & Consumer Sciences, and a Masters in Social Work. She is the Founder and Editor of "The Lux Blog NC" and is the Committee Chair of the Advisory Council for the first Black Indians NC Powwow for the state of North Carolina. She is currently Co-Directing and Co-Producing the upcoming documentary, “Duality: A Collection of Afro-Indigenous Perspectives.”
In this season’s debut episode of Melungeon Voices, Kimberly discusses her Afro-Indigenous roots, her cultural identity, and latest endeavor in teaching others about her unique ancestry through film.
Presented by The Melungeon Heritage Associan; Hosted by Heather Andolina, MHA Board President; Produced by Lis Malone, Creator & Host of "Breaking Dishes" Podcast
S1 EP7: Wayne Winkler Interview
Season Finale - Author, Public Radio Station Manager and former MHA President, Wayne Winkler, discusses his book "Beyond the Sunset" about the Melungeon outdoor drama, Walk Toward the Sunset, and its significance on the Melungeon people back then, as well as today.
S1 EP6: Sonja Griffin Evans Interview
Internationally acclaimed Gullah/Geechee artist, speaker, and Pan African Culture Heritage Fellow, Sonja Griffin Evans, shares her beautiful and unique Gullah/Geechee heritage, and its influence on her artwork. She also discusses what inspires her, and how her cultural roots from the past impacts her work and messages it will send to future generations.
S1 EP5: Robert Wells Interview
Software developer, Robert Wells, repurposed his professional skills in both research and analysis to pursue genealogical studies. In this episode he shares his knowledgeable insight while providing tips on how to apply genealogical records, DNA analysis and third-party ancestry records services to learn more about your own personal family tree, as well as ways to avoid common research pitfalls.
Host Heather Andolina shares insight into her current documentary film, "Infamous Characters Notorious Villains" and how her family's Melungeon heritage discovery served as inspiration.
S1 EP4: Paul Johnson Interview
Author and retired Library Director, Paul Johnson, shares insight into his research on Sarah Stanley Grimke and her connection to several mixed ethnic members of a distinguished Coastal Carolina plantation family, as well as Paschal Beverly Randolph and his possible connection to President Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings.
S1 EP3: Bill Gipson Interview
Retired Dentist, Author and Researcher, Bill Gipson, shares his vast knowledge and research findings into the historic migration of the Gipson/Gibson and Collins families, in addition to surprising possible foreign origins related to Melungeon ancestry.
Presented by the Melungeon Heritage Association
Hosted by Heather Andolina
Produced by Lis Malone
Newly Unburied Melungeon Heritage
I didn’t want this podcast to end. As someone entirely new to this branch of history that I’m suddenly part of, it was like sitting in a room of people just as much in wonder as me, but with all of the research to help me start to understand where I come from and how I finally fit in.
GREAT job. I can’t wait for more.
Wonderful podcast about the history, and genealogy of the Melungeon people.
This is a much needed podcast to help people understand the history and value of Melungeon people past and present!