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Juneteenth Panel Discussion

In honor of Juneteenth, WITF-TV's Toward Racial Justice series of virtual community conversations hosted by Charles Ellison digs into tracing BIPOC ancestral roots, Thursday, June 10 at 7pm on WITF’s YouTube channel and Facebook page.

For people of color, the process of tracing genetic and ancestral roots can be difficult, painful, and often filled with false leads and dead ends. Before the Civil War, slaves were excluded from many public records and families were often torn apart due to the slave trading process.

With legacies of slavery and institutional racism, many records are either incomplete or nearly impossible to access. During this discussion, hear from genealogists and other experts as they offer solutions and resources to trace BIPOC family histories as well as why tracing family history is critical to healing the deep-seeded wounds instilled in our nation’s backbone.

I will be representing the African American Genealogy Group ( on a panel discussion on Tracing Family History moderated by WURD Radio's ( Charles Ellison, along with Debbie-Ann Paige, Co-President of the Staten Island Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (; Dr. Gina Paige, Co-Founder & President of African Ancestry, Inc. (; acclaimed historian, scholar, educator, and lecturer Ric Murphy, President General of the Society of First African Families of English America (

Join the conversation!

By William C Teller - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0,
Juneteenth Commemorative Plaque, Galveston, Texas

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