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The Black Belt African American Genealogical & Historical Society, Inc. is a non-profit organization dedicated to the study and exchange of information and ideas among people interested in African American genealogy, family history and historic  preservation in the twelve counties of Alabama's Black Belt Region--Bullock, Choctaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter and Wilcox. We are currently seeking 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. 

We hold meetings, workshops and seminars and present speakers on a wide range of topics of interest to our membership and to the general public.

BBAAGHS meets on the 3rd Saturday of every month at 10:00 AM. Programs are held at the Selma-Dallas County Public Library and periodically at other locations throughout the Black Belt.


"se wo were fi na wosan kofa a yenki"

The BBAAGHS logo incorporates the Adinkra symbol Sankofa which literally means, "return and get it". It is also translated from the Akan language as:

  • We must go back and reclaim our past so that we can move forward; so we understand why and how we came to be who we are today

  • We must return to our past in order to move forward

  • No matter how far away we travel we must always return home

Sankofa teaches us that we must go back to our roots in order to move forward. That is, we should reach back and gather the best of what our past has to teach us, so that we can achieve our full potential as we move forward. Whatever we have lost, forgotten, forgone or been stripped of, can be reclaimed, revived, preserved and perpetuated. 


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12 Dec 2006 :: 09 Feb 2017
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