MHA Board member Todd Beckham was guest lecturer on mixed race ancestry on February 27, 2014 at Woods Hole, MA at the Marine Biology Laboratory in a presentation titled The Melungeons of Vardy Valley: Triracial isolates and their 21st century descendants. The lecture was sponsored by the The Black History Month Celebration of Woods Hole Diversity Committee and underwritten by Marine Biological Laboratory, NOAA National Marine Fisheries, Sea Education Association,Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole Research Center and US Geological Survey.
The hour long presentation included: a discussion about who Melungeons were and their descendants’ place in the 21st century, a discussion on DNA testing , several readings from K. Paul Johnson’s book “Pell Mellers“, a screening of the film “Melungeons“ produced by Wicked Delicate films in 2013 and a Q and A period .
The presentation was followed by the Harumbee. a multicultural culinary experience.