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Brown Lecture Series: Kenyatta Berry

Thursday, October 8, 2020 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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FREE tickets for Zoom Webinar or Facebook Live go on sale September 24 at 9am. Registration required. Click here to register.


Kenyatta Berry will be in conversation with David Taft Terry about her work and contributions to the 1619 project.


Kenyatta Berry is a contributor to the groundbreaking “1619 Project” published by the New York Times.  She was the 2019 Honorary Chair for Preservation Week and named a “Newsmaker” in American Libraries magazine a publication of the American Library Association. She is an author, attorney, lecturer, professional genealogist and television personality with over 20 years of experience. Kenyatta’s knowledge in the areas of African American Genealogy, Enslaved Ancestral Research and DNA has made her an invaluable “go to” source for information from all parts of the world.

Kenyatta Berry's TV host job on Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) generated enormous buzz surrounding her insight, understanding and expertise by colleagues, genealogy organizations, media and supporters alike. As demand grows for people to learn more about their lineage and DNA, she continues to innovate, transforming the world of genealogy by making it more accessible to the masses. 

David Taft Terry is an assistant professor of history at Morgan State University.

Send questions for Kenyatta Berry to by October 7, to be answered during the live program.

ASL interpretation will be available to attendees.

Visit to order your copy of The Family Tree Toolkit: A Comprehensive Guide.

Thank you to our program supporters: The Ruth Enlow Library, Talbot County Free Library, Carroll County Public Library, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, Kent County Public Library, Worcester County Library, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Howard County Library System.

The Brown Lecture Series is supported by the Eddie C. and C. Sylvia Brown Foundation.

This program is part of ongoing 2020 Women's Vote Centennial Initiative conversations at the Pratt Library.

The conversation will also be broadcasted on the Enoch Pratt Free Library Facebook page.

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I have been a fan of hers since the PBS show.

It was outstanding! She was extremely knowledgeable, wish it was longer!!

Loved it. So informative.

Very productive hour filled with reminders and new ways to continue my research. Let's do this again!

AS usual Facebook platform glitchy. I have few problems when i can go to Zoom directly . All other platforms are F- Still not clear what 1619 Project is intended to do.

Kenyatta Berry never disappoints.