2017 Past News & Events

2017 Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks

2017 Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks A series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture. Presented by the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail in collaboration with the Seacoast African American Cultural Center, these Sunday afternoon “Tea Talks” are held at Discover Portsmouth, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth, New Hampshire from 2 -4 pm and are free and open to the public. Clink on the accompanying links to view videos of talks. Sunday, February 5, 2017 Politics…

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11th Black New England Conference

THE SCIENCE & ENGINEERING OF RACE: Living Through the Archives 

Huddleston Hall, University of New Hampshire
October 20 – 21st, 2017

Modern medical and social sciences have made some extraordinary advances through the exploitation of Black bodies while simultaneously allowing myths of racial inferiority to continue as justification for centuries of enslavement and political disenfranchisement.

Through discussion of these medical and forensic abuses, the conference will uncover past and present applications of scientific fictions that have codified racial hierarchies, and sustain pervasive beliefs with public policies that continue to shape all areas of American life.

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Film Screening & Panel Discussion

At this installment of our discussion series to uncover Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation work in our region, New England Blacks in Philanthropy (NEBiP) and the Kellogg Foundation are pleased to present a preview of the documentary Shadows Fall North.
Martha’s Vineyard Performing Arts Center
100 Edgartown Vineyard Haven Road
Oaks Bluff, MA
2:30pm – 6:00pm 

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New Book Reveals Lost History of Slavery in Maine

Book Signing & Reading Lives of Consequence: Blacks in Early Kittery and Berwick in the Massachusetts Province of Maine Meet author Patricia Q . Wall and hear the long-lost history of Blacks in early Maine. August 24, 7 PM First Congregational Church, Kittery Point ME   About the author For the past 48 years, Patricia Quigley Wall has been involved with New England’s colonial history through professional museum work, research, teaching, and writing. More recently, after meeting Valerie Cunningham and…

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Frederick Douglass

Reading Frederick Douglass on July 3rd

Reading Frederick Douglass on July 3rd A public reading of one of the 19th century’s most famous speeches will take place at noon on July 3rd at the Strawbery Banke Museum Visitor’s Center in Portsmouth. “What to the Slaves is the Fourth of July?” asked Frederick Douglass in 1852. Douglass, one of our nation’s greatest orators and abolitionists, was asked to speak at an event commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence. In his provocative speech, Douglass said, “This…

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Juneteenth Celebration Highlights Black Heritage Trail of NH

PORTSMOUTH — Next Saturday, the Seacoast’s African American community will celebrate Juneteenth — a holiday commemorating the day on June 19, 1865, when slavery was finally abolished in what was then the backwater of Texas three months after the end of the Civil War. It is a day of celebration throughout the country, a time to commemorate the end of slavery and rejoice in freedom.

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Juneteenth Celebration

A Juneteenth Celebration The Art of Activism, Cultural Resistance & Everyday Protest Saturday, June 17, 11am-3pm & 7pm– 8:30pm Middle Street Baptist Church 18 Court Street. Join us for ART, FOOD, MUSIC, DIALOGUE & SONG. This year’s celebration features African American artists Joel Gill and Richard Hanes, vocalist Rev. Robert Thompson, actors Sandi Clark and Kevin Wade Mitchell and Drummer Robert Bellinger ….

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