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Reclaiming Our Ancestors II

October 19 @ 6:00 pm - October 21 @ 9:00 pm

Community Conversations About Racial Justice and Public History


Acclaimed scholars and activists will discuss how to democratize our imaginative, intellectual, artistic, and public landscapes through the inclusion of diverse histories. The galvanizing center of our conversations will be an extraordinary group of descendants of prominent 18th- and 19th-century African American antislavery activists.  Partnering with humanities scholars, the descendants will promote public engagement with and production of African American history through multiple media, including genealogical research, memoir, films, television, statuary, visual arts, museums, museum exhibitions, community foundations, celebration days, quilts, and food.  In addition, activists, artists, and scholars from around the US and from the city of Buffalo will discuss their work in fields of racial justice, city planning, and community-building.

Aside from the Saturday evening of jazz, the conference is free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. To register, CLICK HERE.

This conference is made possible by the generous co-sponsorship of the UB Gender Institute as part of Gender Week, the Baldy Center for Law and Social Policy, and the Departments of History and Transnational Studies.

Thursday, 10/19

Opening Reception and Film Screening
UB Jacobs Executive Development Center
672 Delaware Avenue
6 pm Opening reception
7 pm Screening of Gina’s Journey: The Search for William Grimes followed by discussion with filmmakers Sean Durant and Regina Mason Preview:

Friday, 10/20

Community Conversation I: How to Make African American History Visible
Greenhouse Room, Lafayette Hotel
391 Washington Street
8 am – 5 pm

Saturday, 10/21

Community Conversation II: How to Transform the Legacies of Slavery and Racism
The Tewksbury Lodge
249 Ohio Street
8 am – 5 pm

Evening of Jazz with Dinner
Colored Musicians Club
145 Broadway
6:30 pm ($30, cash or check at the door. Online credit card payment option forthcoming.)







October 19 @ 6:00 pm
October 21 @ 9:00 pm


Humanities Institute


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