Bernice Alexander Bennett


New Orleans native Bernice Alexander Bennett is an award-winning author of three books, genealogist, and BlogTalkRadio show host. She is the first recipient of the Ida B. Wells Service Award, given by the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage, for broadcasting stories about enslaved and indentured ancestors of African descent. In addition, she received the Elizabeth Clark-Lewis Award in 2019 for original research to support African American Genealogy and the 2022 Midwest Regions Hartzog Award for being a leader in unearthing and sharing Black homesteading stories.




9:45 am to 10:30 am
State Capitol, Senate Committee Room F
Black Homesteaders of the South
with Bernice A. Bennett, Falan Olivia Goff, Antoinette Harrell, and Clara Robertson

10:45 am to 11:30 am
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing

Black Homesteaders of the South (editor)

Meet the black men and women who toiled from sunup to sundown to live the American dream.


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