African Heritage Day

February 10, 2017

From Africa to America and Back: Celebrating the Journey and Practices That Connect Us to Our African Roots

Speakers on African Heritage Day



Headlining the keynote session of African Heritage Day will be LeVar Burton. He’ll be sharing some of his own journey of family, storytelling, and the influence of African culture on his American experience.

In addition to Burton, accomplished African American genealogists, speakers, and authors Kenyatta Berry, Sherri Camp, and Melvin Collier will speak about their connection to their African roots and experiences that have kept them close to their ancestors.

Shelley Murphy, Bernice Bennett, Angela Walton-Raji


World-renowned experts in African American genealogy and family history will teach you how to unlock the door to your family’s past and make connections with your heritage. Topics range from how to get started as a newbie, to tech resources available, to overcoming genealogical challenges, to understanding DNA analysis. You’ll walk with a better understanding of who you are and where you come from.

Expo Hall

Expo Hall

Get in on the action at RootsTech’s giant expo hall. The expo hall is the place to discover helpful solutions, watch demonstrations, and interact with innovative family history technology. Come and see what hundreds of exhibitors from around the globe have to share, including event sponsors like Ancestry, findmypast, and MyHeritage. In the expo hall, there’s something for everyone in the family to see or do.


Cultural Celebration

Earlier in the day, you’ll be treated to the inspirational sounds of the Calvary Baptist Church Choir of Salt Lake City. In the evening, you’ll experience a special cultural performance held in the demo theater of the expo hall, featuring the Jambo Africa, Heartbeat Burundi Drummers, an all male drumline cultural group that was formed in 2009 with the goal to spread awareness of peace from traditional African drum music. Put on your dashiki, and join us!