Kenyatta D. Berry is the author of The Family Tree Toolkit and a Contributor to the groundbreaking “1619 Project” published by the New York Times. She was the 2019 Honorary Chair for Preservation Week and was named a “Newsmaker” in American Libraries magazine a publication of the American Library Association. Kenyatta is an Author, Attorney, Lecturer, Professional Genealogist and Television Personality, with a career spanning over 20 years of data collection, in-depth genealogical research and historical content in the discipline of Genealogy. Kenyatta’s vast knowledge in the areas of African American Genealogy, Enslaved Ancestral Research and DNA have made her an invaluable resource. She has been featured in Black Enterprise, Good Housekeeping, Spartan Magazine, Real Simple, Wall Street Journal and Woman’s World.
Kenyatta’s TV Host job on Genealogy Roadshow (PBS) (which received over 1.5 million viewers per episode) generated enormous buzz surrounding her insight, understanding, and expertise. Kenyatta was featured on The Real (FOX), revealing the DNA results of the hosts in a segment entitled “Who Am I?” The videos of this segment have received over 9.5M views on YouTube.
Kenyatta is passionate about bridging the gap between scholars and genealogists. As a result, she is actively involved in Universities Studying Slavery based at the University of Virginia. Kenyatta is currently working with Ed Baptist from Cornell University and scholars at the Library of Virginia, University of Alabama, University of Mississippi, University of Nebraska, University of New Orleans and University of Virginia on the Freedom’s Loom project. She has worked on various genealogy research projects with the University of Chicago, University of Connecticut,
University of Mississippi and University of Texas. Kenyatta is a member of the American Historical Association, Association for the Study of African Life and History, Association of Professional Genealogists, New York Genealogical and Biographical Society, Organization of American Historians and the Southern Historical Association.
A native of Detroit, s is a graduate of Michigan State University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School and currently resides in Santa Monica.
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