13th Annual Black History Month Celebration

February 11, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Alex Haley, author of Roots, said, “In all of us, there is a hunger to know our heritage and where we come from.”

If you have a burning desire to discover your family heritage, then join us for our exciting 13th Annual Black History Month program. We will celebrate the power of African American genealogy. Our program will start with a musical selection that will set the celebratory mood. Then, presenters will engage the audience with interactive genealogy presentations, and breakout sessions, including riveting stories about some of DeKalb and Atlanta’s oldest African American families.

View the full event program here.

Thursday, February 11, 2021
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
The event will be LIVE via Zoom, and will be recorded. The video recording will also be available for ticket holders on Friday, February 12th.

**Ticket sales for live event will close at 9:00 am on 2/11**

Tickets are $10 for members and $15 for non-members.

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Event Timeline

11:00a.m.        Welcome

                        Melissa Forgey, Executive Director, DeKalb History Center

                        Tiffany Parks, Board Member, DeKalb History Center

11:10a.m.        Lisa Chauntel, Program Singer

11:15a.m.        Tamika Strong, Reference archivist of the Georgia Archives

11:35a.m.        Winifred Hemphill, President of South-View Cemetery Association

11:55a.m.        Break

12:00p.m.       Breakout Sessions       

    Johnny Waits, director and curator of Flat Rock Archives

    Laurel Wilson, historian of Decatur’s African American heritage

12:20p.m.      Wrap-up

12:30p.m.      Conclusion


Sponsorships are still available and start at $100. Please contact Melissa Forgey at 404-373-1088, extension 22, for more information on how to support the DeKalb History Center’s Thirteenth Annual Black History Month Celebration.


2021 Guardian Sponsors



2021 Historian Sponsors



2021 Preservationist Sponsors

American Baptist Historical Society

City of Chamblee

Hampton Inn Northlake

Col. & Mrs. John Holley, Ret.

Jim Jarboe, Atlanta Communities Real Estate

Michael Lehman

The Marlay House

Catherine Mullins

Pete & Charlotte Pfeiffer

Steele Program Managers

Tricia Wynegar


2021 VIP Sponsors

Judge Gregory A. Adams
Melissa Forgey & Timothy Patton
Kelly Jordan
Frank Maddox
Alan McNabb
NAACP DeKalb County Branch
Claudia & Carl Stucke
Angela Turk
Sinead Younge