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Black History Month Lecture: Dr. Yohuru Williams

Join the History Center for the Third Annual Black History Month Lecture, featuring Dr. Yohuru R. Williams, Dean of Social Sciences and Associate Professor of History at Fairfield University.

Wednesday February 15, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Heinz History Center
1212 Smallman Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

This special discussion and book signing, presented by the History Center’s African American Program, will examine Dr. Williams’ book, “Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement” and review common themes from the History Center’s award-winning From Slavery to Freedom exhibition.

His lecture will explore the complex history of this period as part of a clear and compelling discussion. Considering both the civil rights and Black Power movements as distinct but overlapping elements of the Black Freedom struggle, Williams will look at the impact of the struggle for Black civil rights on housing, transportation, education, labor, voting rights, culture, and more, and places the activism of
the 1950s and 60s within the context of a much longer tradition reaching from Reconstruction to the present day. Copies of “Rethinking the Black Freedom Movement” will be available for purchase and signing.

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Web Discussion: Exploring the Africana Historic Postcard Collection

Thursday, February 23, 2017
12:00 noon – 1:00 pm EST
Registration form

The African Section of the Library of Congress’ African and Middle Eastern Division has amassed a unique collection of more than 2000 historical photographic postcards documenting an important visual record of Africa and its people during the historically intensive years of European colonialism from 1895 to 1960.

The Africana Historic Postcard Collection, newly digitized for the Library of Congress website, brings significant value to understanding sub-Saharan Africa’s colonial and cultural history: in addition to documenting the ways African life has been represented, postcards images chronicle the transformation of cultural, political and social landscapes across the African continent in this time period.

Please join Angel Batiste of the Library’s African Section for an exploration of items from this unique collection, offered in conjunction with African American History Month.

Black History Month Activities (Maryland)

Maryland National Park and Planning , Departments of Parks and Recreation, Prince George’s County has an amazing  array of exciting events for you to participate in during Black History Month Please take advantage of these events…some are free and some for a small fee.

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New Fellowships for Research in African American Collections

Travel grants for research in the Black Print Culture, Black Panther Party, Camille Billops and James V. Hatch, LGBT, and Alice Walker collections at Emory University are now available in addition to regular fellowship opportunities. These awards come in amounts of $500-1,000, and applications are being accepted through February 15th for this year’s cohort.

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12th Annual Conference, Fannie Lou Hamer Centennial Celebration (Jackson, MS)

The Veterans of the Mississippi Civil Rights Movement, Inc. is celebrating over a decade of service and leadership in the ongoing pursuit of human rights. We invite you to join us during our 12th Anniversary Conference, March 29-April 2, 2017, on the campus of Tougaloo College, Jackson, MS. Calling all Freedom Fighters who who worked with or knew Mrs. Fannie Lou Hamer to join us as we celebrate the Centennial Celebration of our “shero.”

The 4-day conference kicks off  Wednesday, March 30 with the Jimmie Travis Civil Rights Legacy Symposium Series. The conference continues through Sunday as movement veterans, scholars, historians, community organizers, educators, and students convene for strategy sessions on modern-day issues.  In addition, we will host our 2nd Student Research and Creative Arts Entries Competition on Friday, March 31, 2017.

Our sessions will allow for an exchange of ideas as participants develop creative solutions alongside civil rights veterans. We ask that you join us March 30-April 3, 2016 on the historic campus of Tougaloo College.

Complete information can be found on the website including registration, schedule, hotel, sponsorship, souvenir book information and student competition application.

March 8-12, 2017  (Houston, TX)

National Council for Black Studies 41st National Conference

The National Council for Black Studies (NCBS) will host its 41st National Conference from March 8-12, 2017 at the Hilton Houston Post Oak. For more information go to

National Fort Pillow Wreath Laying Ceremoney (Memphis, TN)

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
10:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m (CDT)

Memphis National Cemetery
3568 Townes Ave.
Memphis, TN 38122

The Fort Pillow Massacre National Wreath Laying Ceremony focus will be on the African American Soldiers and civilians that were killed, wounded, missing in action and taken prisoners on April 12, 2017. There are 109 unknown African American graves representing the over 200 soldiers that were killed during the massacre.

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