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O’Connor tells Rotarians about upcoming genealogy project

Brendan O’Connor of the Selma Center for Nonviolence, Truth and Reconciliation (SCNTR) briefly stopped by the weekly Selma Rotary Club meeting to discuss with the Rotarians an upcoming “Know Your Roots” project to be launched in January.

The project is a collaboration between the SCNTR and the Black Belt Community Foundation (BBCF) through their joint group, Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation Selma.

“It’s an ancestry and genealogy project,” said O’Connor.

O’Connor added that the group is looking for a diverse group of 10 to 15 Selma – Dallas County Citizens interested in taking part in the project to participate in genealogy research, DNA tests, racial equity training and other community events.

O’Connor said that the project will be launched with a community breakfast on Jan. 20, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, at the Bosco Nutrition Center.

For those interested in more information about the project, there will be two public information sessions held at the Selma – Dallas County Public Library in the Vaughan Room on Tuesday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. and on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 4 p.m.

For more information, O’Connor can be reached at (334) 267-4191 or BOConnor@SelmaCNTR.org.