Birmingham African American Genealogy Group Hosting Black Heritage Fair February 6

The Birmingham African American Genealogy Group (BAAGG) is hosting its 21st Black Heritage Fair virtually this year due to COVID-19. 

The annual event, which pays tribute to African-American heritage and shares tips on how to research your family tree, will take place virtually beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 6. You can register for free on Eventbrite (see link below) 

The theme of the 2021 Black Heritage Fair is “The Black Family: Representation, Identity, and Diversity.” The guest speaker is Sharon Gillins, a professional genealogist from Galveston, Texas. 2021 Black Heritage Fair events will include various speakers, educational displays, family history discussions, youth speakers, black history facts and more. 

To register for the Virtual Online Black Heritage Fair on Eventbrite, click below. The event is free to the public.

The 2021 Black Heritage Fair will feature a panel comprised of these speakers: 

 • Dr. Leesha M. Ellis-Cox, MD., Child and Adult Psychiatry, Birmingham 

• Dr. Derryn E. Moten, PhD., Professor and Chair of the Department of History and Political Science at Alabama State University, Montgomery 

 • Dr. Taylor Greene, EdD., Educator with Jefferson County Public Schools and past principal in Birmingham City Schools 

 • Dr. John L. Cantelow III, DivD., Senior Pastor of Sixth Avenue Baptist Church in Birmingham 

John L. Lanier, a longtime member and instructor of the Birmingham African American Genealogy Group (BAAGG), said the organization helped him gain knowledge of his ancestors back to the 1800's. and with difficulties of uncovering information on black ancestors dating back to slavery. 

For more information about the Black Heritage Fair and BAAGG, contact Lanier at (205) 533-3502 or e-mail at