Instructor: Robert Burch

Robert Burch

Robert Burch, a resident of West Valley City, is the Founder and Executive Director of the Sema Hadithi African American Heritage and Culture Foundation. With a deep-rooted passion for history and genealogy, Robert has dedicated his life to researching, preserving, and sharing the rich narratives of African Americans in Utah, both as a territory and a state. He also serves as the Vice President of the Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage. He is a former national board member and President of the Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society.
As a genealogist, Robert transforms family histories into the broader contexts of Utah and American history. His belief in "unity through historical truth" underpins his commitment to using history as a tool for understanding and healing within communities. His teaching journey began early, tutoring classmates in math during third grade and continued through high school and college, extending into Sunday school, community events, and academic lectures at colleges and universities.
With a wealth of experience and a genuine dedication to his mission, Robert brings profound insights and a captivating teaching style to his lifelong learning courses, inspiring others to delve into the vital stories of African American heritage.

Robert Burch is currently teaching:

Class Title Semester Date(s) Program
A World Outside the Ordinary: Introduction to Gullah Geechee Culture Fall 11/07/24 - 11/21/24 Lifelong Learning