President Utah Chapter, Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS)
Founding Board Member, Sons and Daughters of the U. S. Middle Passage
AAHGS National Board Member
Family History Director, LDS Genesis Group
Founding Member, Utah Black Roundtable
Principal Organizer, Second City Project
Member of the Greater Salt Lake, Iota Iota Iota Chapter, Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
LDS Sunday School Teacher
About Robert Burch
Robert Burch was born in Atlanta, Georgia. He lived most of his life in Decatur, Georgia. He studied Journalism and Political Science at Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama. Talladega College is one of the first historically black colleges founded for the children of former enslaved. While attending "Dega" he became a member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
After leaving Talladega College, Robert joined the U. S. Navy. He served aboard the fast frigate USS Capodanno (FF-1093). Aboard ship he toured the Caribbean, South America, and the Mediterranean. Following the military, he studied architectural drafting at the New England Institute of Technology in Warwick, Rhode Island. Later, he enrolled in the Continuing Education program for adults at Utah Valley State College in Orem, Utah.
He moved to Utah when he met Alice. They dated and married. They are proud of his three sons and enjoy spoiling their granddaughter.
Robert is the founder of a history and culture nonprofit called Sema Hadithi. That is Swahili for Say the Story. He serves as president of the Utah chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS). AAHGS has 36 chapters nationwide. He also serves on AAHGS national board. His volunteer service includes Sons and Daughters of the United States Middle Passage (SDUSMP), where he is a board member. SDUSMP is a lineage society that documents its members to the enslaved of the United States and the Caribbean.
Alongside Alice, he has served Utah families from Brigham City to Glendale, Arizona. They have served families with hurt and struggling children, some attempting suicide.
Additionally, Robert is a member of the Utah Black Roundtable (UBR). UBR's vision is to serve as a collective voice in support of a better Utah. He is active in the LDS Church, where he serves as a Sunday School teacher.
His service focuses his attention on children and young adults. He believes it is important to all of us that our children grow into smart and confident adults. They must be prepared to contribute to and lead our community. It is our responsibility to provide a way for them to be their best and be the best Utahans they can. Robert believes investing in our children leads to strong families and vibrant and robust communities.