African Ancestry Seminar at African American Cultural Forum in Hampton, VA

The following announcement was written by African Ancestry:

May 5, 2010 — On Saturday, June 26, the African American Cultural Forum, a brand new event taking place in downtown Hampton coinciding with the Afrikan American Festival, will welcome African Ancestry. The genetic genealogy company, based in Washington, DC, is known for using DNA to create “a vehicle to enable people of African descent to trace their ancestry back to their present-day African country of origin.” Afrikan Ancestry will conduct free genealogy and family tree seminars at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel.

“We are very excited to welcome Gina Paige and Dr. Rick Kittles, co-founders of African Ancestry, to Hampton,” said African American Cultural Forum Committee member Pam Croom. “The duo is renowned for their work in DNA and genealogy. Our attendees are in for a very special treat.”

African Ancestry has been featured on several television programs, including Good Morning America, African American Lives on PBS, and VH1 Soul, as well as print publications like USA Today, Essence, and Black Enterprise. In addition, the company has also traced DNA for many African American celebrities, including Oprah Winfrey, Forrest Whitaker, Spike Lee, and Isaiah Washington.

The cost to attend the African Ancestry seminars is free. Those wishing to have their ancestry traced via DNA or have family trees researched can do so for an additional fee.

During the African American Cultural Forum, African Ancestry will unveil the DNA tests of esteemed Hampton resident Dr. Mary T. Christian. Dr. Christian, who began her academic career at Hampton Institute (now Hampton University), later returned to the university as Director of the School of Education, rising to Dean of the School of Liberal Arts and Education, before retiring as professor emeritus. In 1985, Dr. Christian was the first African American and first female from Hampton to be elected to the state legislature, post Reconstruction. She served nine consecutive terms representing Virginia’s 92nd House District. The results of the Dr. Christian’s DNA test will be unveiled at 10:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. on Saturday, June 26 (during both African Ancestry sessions at the African American Cultural Forum).

The African American Cultural Forum takes place at the Crowne Plaza Hampton Marina Hotel 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 26. Seminar topics include restoration of rights, gang awareness, family trees, and genealogy. Noted poet, author, and literary consultant Nathan Richardson is also scheduled to be in attendance, conducting seminars and workshops. All seminars and workshops are free. The event coincides with Afrikan American Festival, a Hampton 400th Anniversary Signature Event, happening that same weekend in nearby Mill Point Park.

For more information of African Ancestry, check outwww.africanancestry.com. For further information on the African American Cultural Forum, contact Pam Croom at 757/728-5173 or pcroom(at)hampton(dot)gov.

AAHGS ANNUAL CONFERENCE CALL FOR PAPERS 2010

The Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society (AAHGS) is pleased to announce the 2010 Conference Call for Papers, to be presented at our next Annual Conference, 7-10 October 2010, in Adelphia, Maryland.  The AAHGS Conference endeavors each year to provide the premier opportunity to explore standard and innovative methods, resources, and strategies centered around African-American, Caribbean and Native American genealogy as well as the expansive history of the African in the Diaspora.

The following focus areas are offered as suggestions for session topics

·       African American History

·       Caribbean-American Research

·       African American Migration (varied)

·       Periods of War: Revolutionary War; Civil War; WWI; WWII;

·       African Americans in New England, Pre-Civil War

·       Use of Technology in research (Not product sales presentations)

·       Church/Religious History in the African American Experience

·       The Civil Rights Movement

·       Research methodologies (various levels)

·       State Specific Research Resources; Adoption Records

·       Local history, i.e. town histories; institutions; industrial history as it relates to the African American experience

·       Native American/African American experience

·       Blacks in the West;

The topics are merely suggestions. We are looking for presenters that have solidly researched their topic area, are able to inform a diverse audience and deliver insightful and enjoyable presentations.  Authors and possible candidates for keynote and general assembly gatherings may also submit their proposals.

Proposal Format:

I.             Session Title

II.            Name(s) of Session Presenters – indicate lead

III.          Research skill level of audience

IV.          Purpose/learning objective

V.            Session description- Provide narrative of information to be covered in the presentation  (This information will be included in the Conference Syllabus).

VI.          Include presenter(s) biographical information.

VII.         Include list of resources and/or bibliography.

VIII.       AV Requirements (this must be included in your initial proposal):

Please indicate the type of audio/visual equipment that will be required for your presentation. Examples:

§      I will be using Power Point for my presentation. I will bring my own laptop, but will need a projector

§      I will use Power Point and will provide my own equipment

§      I am using Power Point and will need a laptop, and projector from AAHGS.

Finally indicate if you need an overhead projector, slide projector, TV/VCR, DVD, flip chart, portable sound system, microphone, table or podium.

Considerations:

1.     All presenters agree to participate at their own expense. A token of appreciation is offered, however it does not cover conference costs. Please take this into consideration before submitting or agreeing to participate.

2.     Session materials, bios, etc will be included in the Conference Syllabus.

Proposals must be received no later than 30 July 2010 and should not exceed 12 pages.  Proposals must include  all required information, including: your complete name; email address; telephone number(s); and postal mail address.   Notice of acceptance or rejection will be sent by 15 August 2010.

Presenters may submit proposals via postal mail or by email.  Material submitted via email must be in Microsoft® Word format. Proposals submitted via email should be sent to <info@aahgs.org> with “2010 AAHGS Conference” in the subject line.  Proposals submitted by postal mail should be sent to: AAHGS 2010 Annual Conference, PO Box 73067, Washington, D.C. 20056.

For additional information or with questions about the submission requirements, contact: Jerry Hynson, AAHGS Vice President of History, at <jerryhyn@copper.net>.  Do not email conference proposals to Jerry’s email address; send proposals to <info@aahgs.org> with “2010 AAHGS Conference” in the subject line.