You think dark is just one color, but it ain’t. There are five or six kinds of black, some silky, some woolly. Some just empty. Some like fingers. And it don’t stay still. It moves and changes from one kind of black to another. Saying something is pitch black is like saying something is green. What kind of green? Green like my bottles? Green like a grasshopper? Green like a cucumber, lettuce, or green like the sky is just before it breaks loose to storm? Well, night black is the same way. May as well be a rainbow?
Pilate from Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

Excerpt of Carey Byrd’s biographical sketch. In this audio clip, Carey shares is his career work as an accountant, after his time in the military, and bit about his “knowings”.

Christopher P. Moore is the Curator and Research Historian for the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. He is also the writer of the documentary film The African Burial Ground: An American Discovery, which chronicles the rediscovery of a major repository of African American and New York history that had been forgotten for centuries.

This excerpt is from an interview conducted on Tuesday, November 13, 2012 and highlights Chris’ introduction to the Schomburg Center and discovery of the African Burial Ground.