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Inside the Digital Effort to Trace the Descendants of Freed Slaves

The Freedmen's Bureau Project will give millions of African-Americans the means to explore their ancestry.

Over 1.5 million documents that record the family histories of Civil War era African-Americans will be digitized and made available online for the first time, providing African-Americans with a vast and vital resource with which to research their family history. The effort, called The Freedmen’s Bureau Project, is being spearheaded by FamilySearch International, a nonprofit geneology organization, the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society, and the California African American Museum.

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The Obama Effect: Why More Black Voters Are Turning Gay-Friendly

By endorsing gay marriage, Obama used the primary power a president has: the symbolic kind.

Since President Obama came out in favor of gay marriage a couple of weeks ago, there's been a noticeable shift in black Americans' opinion on gay marriage. A new Washington Post-ABC survey found that 59 percent of black people now say they support same-sex marriage—an 18 point jump since Obama's announcement. Fifty-three percent of Americans now believe that same-sex marriage should be legalized; that represents a seismic shift since 2006, when just 39 percent of those polled thought it should be legalized.

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Yes, I'm Black; No, You Can't Touch My Hair

The schoolyard adage of "keep your hands to yourself" is a great lesson to keep in mind around black people's hair.



Today, CNN International tackles a problem many people of color, myself included, have experienced over the years: Strangers touching your hair.

Tamara Winfrey Harris tells a story of being in a chain restaurant with her husband when their names were called for a table. Just as the couple rose to go, a middle-aged white woman standing nearby reached out swiftly to touch Winfrey Harris's hair which at the time was styled in natural twists. "She missed by mere seconds, she was actually going to grab my hair as I walked past her," recalled Winfrey Harris who runs the blog What Tami Said. "I turned around and she said, 'Oh, your hair is neat.'"

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