African American Genealogy Conf. Selma, AL - Feb 17, 2007
- The Black Belt African American Genealogical and Historical Society,
Inc. (BBAAGHS) is conducting the first ever Black Belt African
American Genealogy Conference & Family History Fair in historic
Selma, AL on Feb 16-18, 2007. The conference includes guest speakers, exhibits, vendors, films and other events at two locations, the Larry D. Striplin Performing Arts Centre, 1000 Selma Ave, and the Divine Life Community Development Corp.at 905 Water Ave.
Workshops include Beginning Genealogy and Researching Slave Records
with Mary Jones Fitts and Family Reunion Planning with Melvin J.
Collier. Gwen M. Holland will present a case history of the McArthurs of Wilcox County and Lovie Warren will examine the wealth of information found in the school enumeration census records from
Nanafalia in Marengo County and selected schools in Wilcox County.
In honor of Black History Month and just in time for the opening of
the film Amazing Grace, Regis Nicoll will speak on The Legacy of
William Wilberforce. Regis is a Centurion of the Wilberforce Forum, a Christian think tank of Prison Fellowship Ministries promoting
justice, freedom of religion, and the sanctity of life. He is a
columnist for Chuck Colson's BreakPoint and a Contributing Editor for Salvo Magazine. His writings on faith and culture regularly appear on Crosswalk and the Crux Project among other places.
The conference fee is $20.00 for a full day of workshops on Saturday
February 17 from 8 AM - 5 PM and $20.00 for the banquet on February
17 from 7-10 PM.
While everyone is invited to attend, this should be of particular
interest to those living in, or with ancestry in, the twelve counties of Alabama's Black Belt Region - Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter and Wilcox.
To register and for more information, please consult BBAAGHS'
website: www.bbaaghs.org or call B.J. Smothers 334-877-4846.