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 In 2005, I thought that it was about time that we started the conversation: about who we are, and where we came from:

Time to differentiate ourselves from Emma Lazarus' "... huddled masses, longing to be free..." (of the 20th Century).

Recognizing that, more often than not, perception creates a reality of it's own. 


     Doshia Greene Bowling 



Amelia Evans Greene


Almeter Drakeford Harris


Ruth McCarley Harris and daughter Bobbi Harris Burkes 



Frank Harris Sr. 1954

Johnnie Harris Jr. 1953



  LJ Harris-1945

  Oscar Harris 1945


Lela-Mae Harris 52'


Walker Jones 1950 (est.)   




Sunman, Bigmama, & Johnnie Lee 1979 

Author Profile: 


 _ Graduate of the Barney School of Business, University of Hartford, 1983  


_Graduate of Central Connecticut State                            

 _ former bodybuilder au naturel.

_ insurance underwriter turned social historian.



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Return to White Oak 2008

From left to right; Johnnie, James, Bradford, and Clinton Harris _ 2008 _ White Oak.

We return to the White Oak Church as a matter of respect to Mr. Johnny & Big Mama:

 In their day the church constituted sanctuary, the belief that if a man could make it that far; then, his life should be spared. This was the home of the Numen; a place where God ruled supreme, and all who believed was entittled to salvation.

It is to this belief that Big Mama alluded, when she sang "we have come this far by faith." It is this belief that fueled the Numerican Nation:

Deshawn Bristow Harris and Sean Harris, great-great grandson & great grandson(respectively) of Johnny & Almetta Harris.



Sierra Hampton with cousin Deshawn posing in the background.  

[These two are of the same generation, great, great grands.]


They fought to hold on to their land in hopes that one day their children would be able to safely return home. If not their children; then their childrens' children, and so forth on down the line.  

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