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Melvin Collier

Melvin Collier has been conducting genealogy research for 26 years. He has published three books, Ealy Family Heritage: Documenting Our Legacy (2016), Mississippi to Africa: A Journey of Discovery (2008) and 150 Years Later: Broken Ties Mended (2011). Because of his contributions to African-American genealogy, Melvin was awarded the 2016 Paul Edward Sluby, Sr. /Jean Sampson-Scott Meritorious Achievement Award. He has a Master of Arts in African American Studies from Clark Atlanta Univ. (2008). A former civil engineer, Melvin was also an archivist for six years at the Atlanta University Center. He is currently employed by the Department of Defense.