Create a legacy for their family.
Legacy: something given
by or received from an ancestor.
Heirloom: something of
special value handed on from one generation to another.
EPISODE TEN: LEAVING A
This last episode tells the stories of three different
legacies left by families in our country. The first story
tells about the More Family. Since 1889, they have held a
family reunion every five years. The most interesting
fact is that they have preserved each reunion on film
since 1915. The second story is about a humble and courageous
woman named Talula Bottoms. She left an inspiring legacy
in the many quilts she made for her family. The final
story is about Jazz Musician Hannibal Lokumbe. He finds
the lost grave of his slave ancestor and celebrates in
the discovery with his family in a musical tribute of
dance and African ritual at the ancestral grave.
Before Viewing the Episode
- Duplicate the student handout on the next page,
and the pedigree chart.
- Read aloud the EPISODE OVERVIEW and OBJECTIVE.
- Briefly review the VOCABULARY words with your
After Viewing the Episode
Create a legacy for your family
- Distribute the student handout on the next page.
- Encourage your students to do something to create
a legacy for his or her family. The materials
they will need will vary from student to student
depending upon the legacy chosen. Suggest the
following legacy activities:
- Collect and organize family photos, letters,
- Write down or record family stories.
- Collect and write down family recipes.
- Record special family celebrations and
- Keep a journal.
- Complete a four-generation pedigree chart.
- Research or create a family crest or shield.
- Hold a family reunion and gather family data at
- If there is musical talent in the family, record
a session of favorite music.
- If there is artistic talent in the family, create
a family project that could be an heirloom.
- Interview and record all of your older family
- Make genealogy part of the first day celebration
during Kwanzaa or any traditional holiday.
- Find the grave sites of ancestors and help
maintain these sites.
- Create a time capsule of current memorabilia for
future generations to view.
- Create a "photo pedigree" showing your
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