Growing Your Roots 2020

Grandma Dedrick, photograph, Date Unknown; University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Jacob Fontaine Religious Museum.

 

When: Jan. 30 - Feb. 2, 2020

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Where:

William Ross, His family, and His Tailoring Business, photograph, Date Unknown; University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Jacob Fontaine Religious Museum.

Austin Central Library
710 W. César Chávez St. | 512-974-7400

 

Parking:

Library Parking Garage fees will be validated for attendees on January 31.  Validated parking is not available on February 1 and 2. Please use this link for information regarding parking in downtown Austin.

 

Who:

Austin History Center, Austin Public Library

 

What:

Growing Your Roots: The Inaugural African American Genealogy Conference is a free 4-day conference for scholars, students, genealogy historians and gurus where they will focus on African American history, research, and discovery, hosted in the state capital of Texas by the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library.

 

Genealogy Conference Agenda:



Thursday, January 30, 2020

6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

PREVIEW: Our Community, Our Voice: Photographs from the Villager Newspaper opening reception. Conference On-Site Registration, Hosted by the Douglass Club of Austin, The Austin History Center, Holt Gallery 

Friday, January, 31, 2020

5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Conference Evening Highlights

On-Site Conference Registration 
Time |  5:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Austin Public Library, Special Events Center

Kris Graves’ Testament Project (Self-Guided Tour) Photography Exhibition 
Time | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Austin Public Library, Gallery

Genealogy Conversations Networking Social
Time | 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM, Austin Public Library, Special Events Center

6:15 pm to 7:00 pm

Opening Ceremonies

Welcome, Austin Public Library, Director Roosevelt Weeks 
Time | 6:15 PM (10 Min), Austin Public Library, Special Events Center

Intro to Keynote, Austin  Assistant City Manager, Christopher Shorter 
Time | 6:25 PM  (5-7 Min) ), Austin Public Library, Special Events Center

Dr. Edmund Gordon, Jacob Fontaine Distinguished Keynote Speaker, Vice-Provost University of Diversity, University of Texas at Austin
Time | 6:35 PM  (40 Min) ), Austin Public Library, Special Events Center

7:15 pm – 9:00 pm

African American Film Mini-Reel

Film Reel #1 
The Changing Same (short film): In the Florida Panhandle, lies the town of Marianna, Florida where one resident runs a particular marathon in hopes to lift the veil of racial terror caused by the towns buried history.

Film Reel #2
Edgecombe (short film): Revealing the deeply personal truths of three local residents of the titular county, a predominantly African-American agricultural community in eastern North Carolina, Edgecombe is an examination of the ways trauma repeats and reinvents itself in rural Black communities.

Film Reel #3
Featured Film of the Evening: 
Brother Outsider: During his 60-year career as an activist, Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the movement. However, his open sexuality forced him to remain in the background.

February 1, 2020

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Conference Day Highlights

On-Site Conference Registration 
Time | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM, Austin Public Library, Special Events Center

Genealogy Coffee Cafe
TIME | 9:00 AM -12:00 PM, Austin Public Library, Special Events Center

Kris Graves’ Testament Project
Self-Guided Tour: Black History Month Photography Exhibition 
Time | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Austin Public Library, Special Events Center

Genealogy Resource Hub 
TIME | 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM, Austin Public Library, Gallery

City-Wide Genealogy Self-Guided Tours 
TIME | 10:00 AM – 2:00  PM, Austin, Texas

9:00 am – 9:03 am

Conference Welcome

Welcome, Conference Organizer & Coordinator, kYmberly Keeton (3 Min), Austin Public Library Special Events Center

9:05 am – 10:00 am

Conference Presentation & Short Film

African American Cultural Preservation Storytelling, Presenters, Rachel E. Winston & Stephanie L. Lang, Austin Public Library Special Events Center

10:05 am – 11:00 am

Conference Presentation & Panel

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, Austin Public Library Special Events Center

11:05 pm – 12:00 pm

Conference Panel & Discussion

Black Roots in Austin, Texas: A Discussion with African American Legacy Families, Moderators, Roxanne Evans & Jacobi Smith, Austin Public Library Special Events Center

   

12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

LUNCH – Provided by Conference Committee - Self Served, Demo Area

 

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

 

Genealogy Conference Workshop

Digging Up Roots  in Your Own Backyard: African American Genealogy for Novice Users
Facilitator, kYmberly Keeton, Austin Public Library, APL Computer Training Room  

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Genealogy Conference Workshop

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, Austin Public Library, APL Conference Room

 

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Genealogy Conference Workshop

Brown Teens Read Presents: Oral Fixations, Family Histories Retold
Facilitator:, delmetria millener, Austin Public Library, APL Teen Lounge

 

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Genealogy Conference Workshop

Blog About It! Making WordPress Work For Your African American Family History
Facilitator, Olivia Dorsey Peacock, Austin Public Library, APL Computer Room

 

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Genealogy Conference Workshop

GenKnowledge: African American Genealogy for Intermediate and Advanced Users
Facilitator, kYmberly Keeton, Austin Public Library, APL Conference Room 
Bring Your Own Device

 

February 2, 2020

10 am – 2:00 PM

Conference Day Highlights

City-Wide Genealogy Self-Guided Tours 
TIME | 10:00 AM – 2:00  PM, Austin, Texas

Kris Graves’ Testament Project
Self-Guided Tour: Black History Month Photography Exhibition 
Time | 12:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Austin Public Library, Gallery

2:00 pm – 2:40 pm

Closing of Conference

Kris Graves, Photographer/Documentarian, Algerene M. Akins Craig Distinguished Closing Keynote, Austin Public Library, Gallery

2:45 PM – 4:00 pm

Exhibition Opening & Reception 

Kris Graves’ Testament Project | Photography Exhibition, Austin Public Library, Gallery

   

4:00 pm

Conference Ends

Image #1 Caption
Grandma Dedrick, photograph, Date Unknown; University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Jacob Fontaine Religious Museum.

Image #2 Caption

William Ross, His family, and His Tailoring Business, photograph, Date Unknown; University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Jacob Fontaine Religious Museum.