Chris Haley: Preserving African American History and Creativity

Chris Haley: Preserving African American History and Creativity

Join us for an enlightening conversation with Chris Haley, a multi-talented individual known for his exceptional contributions as an Actor, Writer, Singer, Director, and Public Speaker in the fields of Black History and Genealogy. As the Director of the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland at the Maryland State Archives Research Department and the Director of the Utopia Film Festival in Greenbelt, Maryland, Chris is deeply dedicated to preserving and promoting the rich history and legacy of African Americans.

In this episode, we delve into:

  • Chris's diverse background in English and Drama, highlighting his remarkable career as an actor, writer, singer, and director, and his involvement in esteemed organizations and foundations such as the Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Foundation and the Annapolis Film Festival.
  • His role as the Director of the Study of the Legacy of Slavery in Maryland, shedding light on the importance of exploring and understanding the historical impact of slavery in the state and its ongoing implications.
  • Chris's passion for genealogy and African American history, and his tireless efforts to educate and inspire others through public speaking engagements, empowering individuals to embrace their heritage and uncover the hidden stories of their ancestors.
  • The legacy of his uncle, Alex Haley, and the profound influence it has had on Chris's work, inspiring him to continue promoting positive representation and preserving the rich cultural heritage of African Americans.

Join us as we embark on a journey with Chris Haley, unraveling the hidden narratives and inspiring legacies of African Americans, and gaining valuable insights into the power of genealogy and historical exploration.

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Rob Lee
Rob Lee
The Truth In This Art is an interview series featuring artists, entrepreneurs and tastemakers in & around Baltimore.
Chris Haley
Chris Haley
I write, act, direct and sing. I do so many little things. And I love history. That’s the β€˜Roots’ of me 😏