Theatre1_Page000Only your real friends will tell you when your face is dirty… (An African Proverb – Seychelles)



Please make sure you visit the Online Encyclopedia website, at “” (  In addition to reviewing some of the entries I’ve written as an “independent historian,” you’ll find “” as a sourced, international reference on African-American history and the people of African ancestry.

If you’re interested in the additional “missing pages” of history, associated with this website, I think you’ll find “” engaging, refreshing, accurate and well researched, based on a professional staff with a wide range of contributions, from  academic/ college and university historians, current students of history at colleges and universities, as well as vetted independent historians, writers and researchers who take pride in completing the giant task at hand. They meticulously collect and contribute a rich and diverse array of information which is African-American and Global African history.

I’m proud to represent a mere portion of their humongous effort.


But, you should also review the work of the “Tracing Center,” at I, for one, have been impressed with their efforts, for a while, now.

Founded in 2009, in the wake of their work in producing the award-winning PBS documentary, “Traces of the Trade: A Story from the Deep North,” their stated overall mission has been geared toward creating “greater awareness of the full extent of the nation’s complicity in slavery and the transatlantic slave trade and to inspire acknowledgement, dialogue and active response to this history and its many legacies.” Efforts consistent with my own, though on a much greater scale than I alone could accomplish.

While visiting their site, I encourage you to scroll through the various opinion essays and press coverages which further illuminates their worthy walk. I applaud their efforts.

William “Duke” Smither  (formerly pen name, “Backstreet Djeli”


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