Black New York: Road Show Captures Cultural History in Pictures

Filmmakers launch Digital Diaspora Family Reunion.

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Documentary filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris is asking New Yorkers to pull out their family photos and bring them -- and the stories behind them -- to the Digital Diaspora Family Reunion road show, an interactive, multimedia project that premieres Feb. 23-27 at the Harlem Stage Gatehouse.

Through DDFR, Harris says, he hopes to build a strong community around shared experiences and to show that old photos, whether stored in shoe boxes or in dusty photo albums in the attic, are historical records that have significant cultural value.

Participants bring their family photos and other scannable documents for a historical appraisal and storytelling during an appointment with Thomas Allen Harris and his team. Participants' photos and other documents will be digitized and made into a DVD, providing them with the opportunity to share their memories with generations of family to come.

We love anything family history related here at The Root. Plus, it sounds like a great opportunity to get a head start on Mothers' Day and Father's Day gifts. Just a hint.

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