Sema Hadithi Day of Remembrance Celebration

Tell the Story – Unity Through Historical Truth
Discovering, preserving, and presenting the stories of Blacks in Utah since 1822
­- Presented by Sema Hadithi African American Heritage and Culture Foundation and the Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society
­- Hosted by the University of Utah Black Cultural Center and Fort Douglas Military Museum
­- Sponsored by Utah Dept. of Heritage and Arts – Thrive 125
­- In partnership with Project Success Coalition, Brigham City Museum, Union Station Museums, Mormon History Association, and Utah Humanities
DAY OF REMEMBRANCE CELEBRATION
Friday, October 8, 2021, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Fort Douglas Post Theatre, The University of Utah
245 Fort Douglas Blvd, Salt Lake City, UT 84113
BLACK HISTORY CONFERENCE
Saturday, October 9, 2021, 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
9:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Fort Douglas Military Museum Cannon Yard
– Opening Ceremonies and Museum Tour
12:30 PM – 6 PM – UofU Guest House – Granite Ballroom & Black Cultural Center
– Lectures and presentations
*** THIS IS A HYBRID LIVE AND VIRTUAL EVENT *
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Date of Press Release: September 23, 2021 Critical Date: October 8-9, 2021
Contact: Robert Burch, Executive Director (404) 399-9934 (mobile) admin@semahadithi.org
Announcing the 2021 Annual Day of Remembrance Celebration and Black History Conference SALT LAKE CITY, UT — The Sema Hadithi African American Heritage and Culture Foundation and the Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society are excited to announce the programming for this year’s Day of Remembrance Celebration and Black History Conference. The events will take place on October 8-9, hosted by the University of Utah Black Cultural Center and the Fort Douglas Military Museum. The theme of this year’s conference is Tell the Story: Unity Through Historical Truth.
The Day of Remembrance Celebration will take place on Friday, October 8th from 5-8 pm at the Fort Douglas Post Theatre. The conference will run from 9 am-6 pm on October 9th at Fort Douglas Military Museum and University of Utah Guest House. Topics for this year’s sessions highlight some of the active working groups involved in Sema Hadithi Foundation’s research, such as the Buffalo Soldiers, black women, lynchings and the community remembrance project, and the Black church. Museum Director Beau Burgess will also lead a tour of the Museum and Fort.
“This is an opportunity for the public to gather to learn about the amazing research that is being done into the untold Black stories of Utah,” said Robert Burch, Executive Director and co-founder of Sema Hadithi Foundation. “Our incredible team of professional and amateur researchers work hard all year to discover these stories. This is their chance to share the work they devote their time to. We can’t wait to bring everyone together to “tell the story” during this weekend of programming.”
Registration is free, thanks in part to a generous sponsorship by the Utah Department of Cultural and Community Engagement’s Thrive 125 project. The program is presented in partnership with Project Success Coalition, Brigham City Museums, Union Station Museums, Mormon History Association, Preservation Strategies, and Utah Humanities. To register or to learn more about the programming, visit semahadithi.org/events. Corporate sponsorships are welcomed as well as individual contributions to support the conference and the work of the foundation. Please contact Kirk Huffaker, Board Managing Director, at kirk@kirkhuffaker.com with your interest.
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Founded in 2020, the mission of Sema Hadithi African American Heritage and Culture Foundation strives to “tell the story” of African-ancestored history, heritage, and culture by researching, preserving and disseminating information throughout the community. To support the work of the Sema Hadithi Foundation, you can donate herehttps://secure.actblue.com/donate/semahadithifoundation-1
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To learn more about how you can contribute to research or donate to support one of the many great research projects we have underway or planned visit the future projects page here. https://www.semahadithi.org/future-projects

2 comments on “Sema Hadithi Day of Remembrance Celebration

  1. Robert Burch says:

    My name is Robert Burch. I am Executive Director of Sema Hadithi African American Heritage and Culture Foundation. Thank you so much for posting our event on your page.

    Sema Hadithi Foundation”s mission is to tell the story of African-ancestored history, heritage, and culture by researching, preserving, and disseminating information throughout the community. My wife, Alice, and I experienced community ignorance surrounding the rich history of Blacks in Utah. Alice spoke with me often about focusing on bringing to light the many stories we had discovered. These stories are integral to the story of Utah, yet were not being shared with the broader community. The more events, lectures, and conferences they produced on family history, the clearer it became they needed to do things differently. The research in one area inevitably leads to a need in the other. The more genealogy research they participated in, the clearer it became it could and should be used to help further the story of all of Utah.

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