Last year, I had the honor of speaking at the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) Conference in Richmond. The day was rich with talks and conversations that ranged from a lecture about the false division between history and genealogy to conversations about how to use oral histories in writing about historical events. I highly recommend the conference to anyone who is working or interested in this research.
I don’t know about you, but I find this work to really challenging in terms of the information abut also in terms of the emotional weight of this research. It’s not an easy thing to dig into the legacy of oppression for hours on end. This conference – and others like it – help all of us who do this work with the support of others. It’s like we are linking arms and standing together to read, learn, and share the interwoven story of African American people.
This year, the AAHGS Conference will be in Atlanta, Georgia on October 13-16, and the theme of the conference is:
The Ancestors on My Mind: Discovering our Ancestors, Our History, and Ourselves, TOGETHER.
I won’t be able to attend this year, but I hope to get notes from some of my friends and stay up-to-date on the books written by presenters.
You can get more information about the conference by visiting the conference page on the AAHGS website. They are still looking for presenters, and conference registration is now open.
Each year, the conference grows, as it should, so I encourage you to attend – and even to submit a proposal – if you’re interested. I’ll be there in spirit with you.