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Black History in NH

Date: May 17, 2017 5:30 pm

Out of the Shadows: A Closer Look at New Hampshire Black History

How does a state with the motto “Live Free or Die” and a celebrated legacy of abolitionism confront and understand its participation in slavery, segregation, and the neglect of its African-American history?

This talk will discuss that question. It will also explore what could happen if we move towards a truer more integrated understanding of our history that could, once known, change the way we view human dignity when it is free of historical stereotypes.

JerriAnne Boggis, the Director of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail, is a writer, educator, and community activist who works to correct the historical record on the racial complexity and richness of New Hampshire’s diverse past.  Through the development of several community programs that focus on history and race, Boggis has raised the awareness of New Hampshire’s little known people of color and increase the visibility of Black history in the state. Boggis believes that diversity programming is more than listening to a speaker or lighting a candle. It’s about social change.