The International Black Genealogy Summit will be held in Fort Wayne, Indiana at the Allen County Public Library on October 29-31, 2009. The theme is "Reconnecting Lost Links." Their website states: "This momentous event signifies the first time that all of the black historical and genealogical societies in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean will come together to celebrate the joys and challenges of black genealogy." Speakers include Tony Burroughs, Dr. Miles S. Edwards, Curt Witcher and many more. The Friday night banquet speaker is Dorothy Spruill Redford.
The conference costs $100 for October 30 and 31 or $75 for one day.
So what about October 29th you're asking? That's the reason that I wanted to blog about this conference.
October 29 is the pre-conference. And it costs...nothing. That's right, it's free. What a great idea!
The pre-conference includes 3 sessions with 9 classes. Speakers include Tony Burroughs, Roberta Ridley, Mary Vaughn, Gretchen Neff, Ruby Cain, Dr. Miles S. Edwards, Mike Robertson and Gladys Wilson. There is a moderated lunch session to discuss African American research challenges, a "meet the authors" discussion and book signing and the movie "Glory" will be shown.
Another great reason to go to this conference is that the library will be open to 12am (midnight) all three nights of the conference. Think of all the research you can get done.
You can find out more about the conference and pre-conference by going by going to the Black Genealogy Conference site.