Kicking Up The Past

And It Began With A Simple Tweet. Final Thoughts on Kicking Up The Past

140 characters —  a tweet — ignited quite an exchange between myself and the champions of the new KickStarter initiative, Kicking Up The Past (KUTP) this week. If you’re reading this post though, that’s not news to you is it? So I’ll spare you the historical recap — there are 2 posts (KUTP Exchange I & Exchange II) that capture the dialogue vividly.

For the sake of argument and to add context to the thoughts that follow, I will share the culprit — my infamous tweet:

@KicknUp_thePast will subject of Slavery be explored via your #KICKSTARTER documentary? #genealogy

The FACTS. Has the exchange between KUTP and myself been uglier and more public than I’d hoped? YES. Do I hate white people OR their genealogy TV projects? NO and NO. Go shake my family tree — present and/or past. You’ll find the leaves quite colorful, diverse, loving and accepting. And being a historian who’s advocated for TV programming reflective of us (vested, die-hard genealogists and family researchers), I was stoked to learn of the Kicking Up The Past project and immediately began following their tweets!

Do I regret my public tweet (sent twice to KUTP) and/or posting the exchanges that followed to OGR. NO. Twitter is a real time, open social platform. That’s the beauty of it! If you’re talking to me (KUTP followed me too), then I have the right to talk back. If I don’t see information related to me in the conversation, […]

By |October 15th, 2013|Journal, Reflections|5 Comments

UNCUT & UNEDITED: 10/14 Kicking Up The Past. Speaks For Itself…

10.14.13 Kicking Up T Past response from K.J. Marks


Based on your consistent badging in the social media it appears to me that you are looking for attention to the point of extortion.

What exactly do you want from me? Your picture or profile featured on our site with a large look at me arrow? It fails me to understand how many answers you want to what was at its start was a faulty presumption of our guilt on your behalf.

How presumptuous of you to assume that everything that doesn’t explicitly say “oh and by the way this includes African American too” is excluding them? If it suits you to create an issue where there is NONE at all, you have accomplished your purpose.

In fact I take your public actions personally and consider them to be defamatory. The very implication that anything I or my partners would be associated with would be exclusionary, or bigoted. Sakes alive, I and several members of our team held fund-raisers at our house and campaigned as an active volunteers in 3 states for the Obama campaign, in both elections.

At this point I can only confront you for what you are, a social media bully. It is not fair what you are publishing without foundation about our project or its intent. I must ask you to stop the diatribe now and kindly focus on areas where there is real prejudice — there is none here I assure you you are barking up the wrong tree. I am prepared to call you out and expose you publicly for what your are if you continue this nonsense.

It is time for this […]

UNCUT & UNEDITED: My Exchange with Kicking Up The Past

183 reads of Whiteout In Mainstream America: Slave Ancestored Genealogy ~ Our Truth in Black & White. 17 emails and 9 inbox messages via Facebook asking for updates and offering support.

After a lively exchange with Kicking Up The Past and AAGSARFacebook via Twitter this afternoon, that’s what I arrived home to this evening.

I have no elevator version of my exchange with Kicking Up the Past to share tonight. Not adding my spin to our back and forth, because it would be laced with my own sarcasm and irritation at this point.

Below are our previous exchanges — verbatim. Read them as you will. Interpret them as you like.

The only personal commentary I’ll add — asking a question is neither an act of aggression or anger. Speaking the simple truth is not hatred or hostility.

As long as there’s a disparity in how the Enslaved Africans narrative is shared, displayed and/or acknowledged — my voice will be heard. And if there’s a question to be asked — I have  NO ISSUE asking it.

Accept it.

I’ve been online as a genealogist for 14 years and an advocate for civil, social and human rights for almost 30 years. That’s not changing anytime soon.



10.8.13 — Luckie’s follow-up email after multiple queries & direct message via Twitter


I’m Luckie Daniels the African-American genealogist who inquired via Twitter (@AAGSARFacebook) if and/or how Kicking Up The Past planned to include the African-American slave experience in the upcoming documentary/KickStarter project.

I’m unsure why an email communication is […]