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Growing Your Roots 2020: Inaugural African American Genealogy Conference

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Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library

710 West Cesar Chavez Street

Austin, TX 78701

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Growing Your Roots 2020: The Inaugural African American Genealogy Conference of Austin, Texas | “The Roots are as Important as the Leaves”

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January 30, 2020 - February 2, 2020

Free Registration is open for Growing Your Roots 2020: The Inaugural African American Genealogy Conference of Austin, Texas. The genealogy conference (January 30, 2020 - February 2, 2020) will debut at the Austin Central Public Library , 710 W. Cesar Chavez. The genealogy conference will feature a variety of speakers, panel sessions, workshops, exhibitions, tours, and networking opportunities for genealogy professionals, scholars, and novice enthusiasts. The Growing Your Roots 2020 genealogy conference is hosted by the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library’s African American Community Archives Program.

Dr. Edmund Gordon, Vice-Provost of Diversity, Professor of African & African American Studies in Anthropology, at the University of Texas at Austin is The Jacob Fontaine Distinguished Keynote Speaker. The professor’s Racial Geography Tour takes an in-depth look at the University of Texas at Austin’s racial history. Internationally acclaimed photographer, Kris Graves is the Algerene M. Akins Craig Distinguished Closing Keynote. Kris Graves: Testament Project will debut in the Austin Central Public Library Gallery beginning January 14, 2020 - February 29, 2020.

Genealogy panel sessions will be led by local, regional, and national speakers and facilitators such as Rachel E. Winston, Stephanie L. Lang, Danielle McGhee, Stuart King, Greg Farrar, Olivia Dorsey Peacock, Emma Robinson, delmetria millener. The inaugural African American genealogy conference of Austin, Texas (January 30, 2020 - February 2, 2020) will be an experience not to miss and best of all it is FREE and welcoming of attendees of all levels, novice to expert!

Growing Your Roots 2020 is presented in partnership with the Austin Public Library, Huston-Tillotson University | Downs-Jones Library, Austin History Center, PBS | POV, The City of Austin, City of Austin’s Equity Office, and The University of Texas John L. Warfield Center for African and African American Studies.

The African American genealogy conference has reserved a block of rooms at the Hyatt Place Austin Downtown, at a special conference rate for attendees through January 18th, 2020 . Contact Lydia Lu for more information about reservations after the room block date at: (512)-605-6478 or Lydia.au@whitelodging.com.

Participants can stay up to date on the latest news by following @ Facebook, and Instagram, using #GrowingYourRoots2020 for social media posts.

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Choose to register for the entire conference or attend a single event.

General Admission Includes Access to:

Conference exhibitions & receptions, panel sessions, mini-film reel, networking social and self-guided tours. All registered conference participants will receive a confirmation email with a RSVP link to choose the genealogy workshop of their preference. Limited seating is available. Confirmed workshop participants will receive a welcome email from our genealogy workshop incubator.

Download Full Conference Schedule: https://tinyurl.com/growingyourrootsschedule

Book Conference Hotel

The African American genealogy conference has reserved a block of rooms at the Hyatt Place Austin Downtown, at a special conference rate for attendees. Book your rooms for the conference through January 18th, 2020 here - Book My Room. Use the conference group code in person: Reservation code is G-APLH.

Conference Highlights:

Thursday, January 30, 2020 | 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

Preview Conference Night at the Austin History Center

The Austin History Center, African American Community Archives Presents:

The Villager Community Service Weekly Photography: Exhibition & Reception

The Austin Central Public Library, Gallery Presents, Self-Guided Tour:

Kris Graves’ Testament Project, Black History Month Photography Exhibition

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Friday, January 31, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Opening Conference Night at the Austin Central Public Library

Jacob Fontaine Distinguished Keynote:

Dr. Edmund Gordon, Vice-Provost of Diversity, Professor of African/African-American Studies, University of Texas at Austin

Genealogy Networking Social

PBS | POV Mini-Film-Reel

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Saturday, February 1, 2020 | 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Conference Panel Sessions at the Austin Central Public Library:

African American Cultural Preservation & Storytelling

Presenters: Rachel E. Winston, University of Texas at Austin, Stephanie L. Lang, University of Texas at Austin

Connecting Roots: Huston-Tillotson University, African American Cemeteries and Burial Sites in Austin, Texas

Presenters: Danielle McGhee, Huston-Tillotson University; Greg Farrar, Oakwood Chapel; Stuart King, King Tears Funeral Home; Moderated by Jennifer Chenoweth, Oakwood Cemetery Chapel and Melissa Rogers, Save Austin’s Cemeteries

Black Roots in Austin, Texas:, A Discussion with African American Legacy Families

Moderators, Roxanne Evans & Jacobi Smith

Conference Workshops:

Digging Up Roots in Your Own Backyard: African American Genealogy for Novice Users

Facilitator, kYmberly Keeton, The Austin History Center, African American Community Archives

Blog About It! Making WordPress Work For Your African American Family History

Facilitator, Olivia Dorsey Peacock, Digital Black History

GenKnowledge: African American Genealogy for Intermediate and Advanced Users

Facilitator, kYmberly Keeton, The Austin History Center, African American Community Archives

NAMING THE LINEAGE: We Will Walk Through *Who Awakened Your Senses? *Who Politicized Your Experiences of Body, Identity? *Who Taught You The Value of Feeling Good?

Facilitator, Emma Robinson, Womanist Library

#BrownTeensRead Presents: Oral Fixations: Family Histories Retold

Facilitator, delmetria millener, #BrownTeensRead

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Sunday, February 2, 2020 | 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Celebrating Black History Month & Genealogy All Month Long

Closing Conference Keynote & Reception at the Austin Central Public Library:

Photographer, Kris Graves | During the closing lecture, Kris Graves will discuss the process of making portraits and ideas about representation and inequality.

On View: Austin Central Public Library Gallery Opening Reception ft. Kris Graves’ Testament Project, Black History Month Photography Exhibition

Conference Updates

Website: library.austintexas.gov/ahc/growingyourroots

Social Media: @ Facebook, and Instagram, #GrowingYourRoots2020

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Austin Central Library, Austin Public Library

710 West Cesar Chavez Street

Austin, TX 78701

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