New!! LAAAGS Online Newsletter
Welcome to the Home Page of the Lansing Area African American Genealogical Society.  LAAAGS was
founded in 2001 and is located in Lansing, Michigan.  The purpose of LAAAGS is to promote the
preservation of  African American family history for Lansing area residents and other interested persons.
Questions or comments about this site contact
LAAAGS is gathering information on early Black families in Greater Lansing for a publication.  To contribute
information to this publication you may call 517-882-1293 or email
This page was last updated June 2015
Nimbilasha Cushing
The 1940 Census is now available! The 1940 Census
was released April 2, 2012 by the National
Archives and Records Administration (NARA) in
digital form.  To be able to access the 1940
Census go to:
Saturday, February 15, 2014
10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.    ~     Library of Michigan     ~   702 West Kalamazoo Street,
Lansing, MI
The LAAAGS Winter Genealogical Conference featured author and researcher Nimbilasha Cushing as the guest
From age six to fourteen, Nimbilasha Cushing worked alongside her grandparents and a younger sister as a
sharecropper in the cotton fields of Tennessee missing months of school each year. Cushing’s path from
sharecropper to writer took her from the segregated South, to St. Louis, to service in the United States Air
Force, and ultimately, a 31 year career as a flight attendant with United Air Lines.
An excerpt from her short story Revival of One was selected to appear as a sidebar in Lucy McCauley’s A Woman’s
Path. The same excerpt was used in a 2005 PBS broadcast, “New Morning.” In 2010 Cushing’s short story A Lost
Season was listed as a finalist for inclusion in the Glimmer Train Press issue “Family Matters.”
In 2012 Cushing completed her memoir Come This Way ~ There Is An Exit.

The next meeting is September 19, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. The meeting will be in the Lake Superior Room of the State
Library and Historical Center
, 702 W. Kalamazoo Street in downtown Lansing.
Please Note: This is a temporary date change, third Saturday instead of the second Saturday.
Honolulu House
National House Inn Bed & Breakfast
Marshall, Michigan