About the Author:
Dr. Tani D. Sanchez is an Associate professor of Africana Studies at the University of Arizona. She has an interest in racial representations in the media and in the study of African American history and culture. She has worked as a newspaper editor, radio news host, and as a media information specialist. An Army veteran, she hosted a news program in Korea and worked in public affairs. Dr. Sanchez is also the first president of the Tucson Chapter Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. Her doctorate is in Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies; her master’s degree focused on visual culture/art history.
About the Book:
If you ever wondered what you were missing from history, the family history Didn’t Come From Nothing has some relevant perspectives. This genealogical narrative focuses on a black family but incorporates historical research with Native American and European American aspects. Based on oral tradition and years of academic research, the book is a treasure trove of stories and whispered words bequeathed and treasured for generations.
It begins with a Union soldier from Maryland and a former slave in Lake Charles, Louisiana. In a hotbed of Confederacy, they chose to marry each other. Against the odds, this couple would become well-known, respected and wealthy in their southern home, but various disaster loomed ahead. Nonetheless, their descendants would remember them with pride. Descendants spread from Lake Charles, Louisiana to Arizona and to Texas, Michigan, California and beyond. One of their grandchildren, the author's grandmother Mary Louise Wright-Euell became part of a great migration that took her, her husband and her children to McNary in Northern Arizona. From there, they migrated to Tucson.
Dr. Sanchez shares her experiences of more than 30 years of writing and researching the family as well as incorporating contemporary DNA results to find new family.