Wealth of Information Awaits You at this Year's
Atlanta Black Family History Day Symposium...
The February 26, 2011 "Continuing the Journey of Generations" Family History Symposium will serve as the appropriate closing event for the National Archives at Atlanta's exhibit Revisiting the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement through an Activist's Lens: A Documentary Photography Exhibit in Black and White by respected photographer and Georgia State University Director of African American Student Services and Programs Dr. Doris A. Derby. The Key Note Address for the event will be provided by Retired U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Michael N. Henderson, the first African American from the state of Georgia to receive membership in the National Society, Sons of the American Revolution (NSSAR).
Dr. Doris Derby (Left); LCDR Michael Henderson, USN (Ret.) (Right)
In partnership with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, this free symposium will be held from 9A.M. - 1 P.M. on Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 at the National Archives at Atlanta located at 5780 Jonesboro Rd. in Morrow, GA.
Registration remains FULL! Due to overwhelming
response, we have exceeded our seating limit. You may register for the Waiting
List online or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and/or
requests for more information.
THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES ON SEATING - MAXIMUM CAPACITY IS SET AT 400 GUESTS
A complimentary lunch for registered attendees will begin at the conclusion of the symposium. THERE WILL BE NO BREAKFAST OR SNACKS AVAILABLE IN THE MORNING.
REGISTRATION to check-in will begin at 8:00 AM. CHECK-IN will close at 9:00AM, REGARDLESS OF CAPACITY. Attendees will receive a free packet of materials to help them on their ancestral quests.
Workshops will feature speakers and authors addressing tools for researching and writing one's family history, and opportunities for peer discussions with others of the community who are on a quest to preserve their family's ancestral heritage.
New Features for Black Family History Day 2011 Include:
National Archives at Atlanta
5780 Jonesboro Rd
Morrow, GA 30260
Directions from downtown Atlanta: Take I-75 South to Exit 233, Morrow. Turn left onto Georgia Highway 54/Jonesboro Road. Travel approximately 1-1/2 miles. The National Archives at Atlanta facility is the second building on the right after Clayton State Boulevard.
This year's Atlanta Black Family History Day is the 11th annual event and was an outgrowth of a national press conference held by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when it announced the release of the Freedman's Bank CD in February 2001. The Freedman's Bank CD marked the completion of an 11-year project sponsored by the Church.
The CD is a record of 480,000 former slaves who deposited more than $57 million in the Freedman's Savings and Trust Company established in 1865. Unfortunately, the bank collapsed. However, this record has created one of the largest repositories of lineage-linked African-American records known to exist.
It's estimated that 8-10 million African-Americans living today have ancestors who deposited money in the Freedman's Bank. The information from the bank records represents an invaluable tool to help black families trace their ancestry and will be available again at this year's event. The sole mission in the Black Family History Day event is to assist black families learn how they can trace and link their ancestry even beyond the slavery era.
Past Honorees and Guest Presenters
Martin Luther King, III (Son of Martin Luther King, Jr.) - Founder, Realizing the Dream, Inc.
Mrs. Mary Sallie Clark Hughes “Mother Hughes” - Humanitarian
Milton C. Clipper, Jr. - President and CEO of Public Broadcasting Atlanta (PBA)
Dr. Leland Jones - Morehouse College, International Chapel
Dr. Eve J. Higginbotham - Morehouse School of Medicine
Ms. Elizabeth Omilami - Hosea Feed the Hungry
U.S. Congressman David Scott
Atlanta chapters of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
Monica Kaufman - WSB TV News Anchor
Commissioner Marjorie Young, Georgia Merit System; Alpha Kappa Alpha State Liaison
of H.J. Russell & Company, Jerome Russell
Alexis Scott - Publisher of the Atlanta Daily World newspaper
Honorable Judge Nina Hixson
Charles Johnson - President of Sweet Auburn Foundation
Brenda Smothers - http://www.afrigeneas.com
Dr. Elijah McKenzie - Former Pres. of Citizens for Concerned Community
Mary Kay Hooker - Director, Atlanta Fulton County Library Center
For more information on other exhibits at the National Archives, please visit their website: http://www.archives.gov/southeast.