The mission of Original Ancestors is to collect, preserve, document and promote all artifacts related to the African Holocaust, and to understand, educate, honor, respect, empower and celebrate the struggles of our ancestors. "The Less you know about someone the less respect you tend to have for them. The less you know about yourself the less respect you tend to have for yourself." - Craig Kelly




Mr. Craig Kelly, curator, holds a Masters in Counseling from the University of Bridgeport, and is a License Professional Counselor (LPC). He has traveled to several African countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Senegal, Gambia, Ghana and Nigeria. 

He has made several presentations regarding the African Holocaust and has conducted research in several Caribbean Islands, including Havana and Santiago in Cuba. He is a member of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Black Memorabilia Society, NYC, and The Greater New Haven African American Historical Society. Mr. Kelly is a life member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.

Craig Kelly in the Media:
   Tribute to Promise of Freedom exhibit in Fairfield, Ct.
   Council asked to honor black ex-ballplayer   
   They are their brothers' keepers

  
New NAACP chief takes office Monday
  
Learning to live together: Lecturer shares artifacts of slavery at BCHS

Media Production:
    All Our Sons - Fallen Heroes of 9/11

  •   The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT   Howard University, Washington, DC   Housatonic Community College,  Bridgeport, CT   Mead School, Stamford, CT   University of Bridgeport , Bridgeport, CT   Mt Aery Baptist Church, The MAAFA,  Bridgeport, CT   African Burial Ground Volunteer Training   Program, New York, NY   Bristol Central High School, Bristol, CT
  •   Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, 1st District Conference, Stamford, CT
     

Craig Kelly has been a featured speaker at the following programs:

  •    Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich, CT
       -  Intimate Strangers: Slavery in Fairfield County 1700-1850
       "Our Lives," Channel 12-TV, Norwalk CT     "Educational Note Book," Channel 12-TV, Norwalk CT          WPKN Radio, Bridgeport CT    Juneteenth Celebration, Bridgeport, CT    Bridgeport Amistad Committee, Bridgeport, CT     Fulton County Juvenile Justice Department, Atlanta, GA    Bridgeport Correctional Institution, Bridgeport CT    Juvenile Correctional Institution
       -  Bridgeport, CT
       -  New Haven, CT
       -  Hartford, CT
       Goree Island, Senegal, West Africa    University of Havana, Havana, Cuba
  •    Quinipiac University, Hamdem, CT
 
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