It’s Preferred Company with Joel and Fran! Today’s guest is Bettye Kearse, a descendant of a slave and President James Madison. Her book ‘The Other Madisons: A Lost History of A President’s Black Family’ is a fascinating story about a family’s secret history. When Betty’s mother hands over a box containing the family records, she tells Bettye she is now the family’s griotte, a West African tradition that means she is now the keeper of her family’s history. Bettye encountered obstacles at every turn, when she tried to confirm the information that her ancestors had passed down.