A two-part series in honor of AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH

A two-part series in honor of AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY MONTH



Tucson’s Black Community and School Segregation a presentation by Bernard Wilson, independent researcher and author of The Black Residents of Tucson and Their Achievements: A Reference Guide
Tuesday, February 9, 2021
4:00 p.m. Arizona time via Zoom

Between 1909 and 1911 the Tucson school board enacted a policy of segregation that divided the bustling upstart city. The school boards’ decision was encouraged by the passing of Arizona Territory legislation and enacted by a growing southern white population that wanted to introduce Jim Crow laws. The eventual selection of an old funerary building led to parents, the Black community, clergy, and newspaper editorials decrying the decision. This presentation explores the people, legislation and reasons the Tucson school board put racism over the safety and welfare of Tucson’s children. About 45 minutes plus Q&A


The Spirit of Spirituals: Famous and Stirring Songs of Faith, and their Stories a presentation by Súle Greg Wilson, educator, musician, dancer, storyteller, author, archivist, and director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Afro-American Index Project–precursor to the National Museum of African American History and Culture
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
4:00 p.m. Arizona time via Zoom

People the world over express Divine Devotion through humbly coming together and creating blessed sounds, blending their energies and hearts to help bridge that sometimes narrow, sometimes great, divide between us, as temporal beings, and the Infinite. One example of this bridge is African American sacred music: Negro Spirituals, and the Gospel tradition. Many have heard them, but few know their historical, or cultural context, much less their African precedents. What better way to learn about it than to hear and sing it? Join us in exploring African and Post-African music, the stories behind the songs, their cultural significance, and why they continue to endure. About 45 minutes plus Q&A

This series is made possible through a partnership with Arizona Humanities. 

Thumbnail: African American musicians, c. 1850s, public domain
Photo: Home Economics, Dunbar School, Tucson. Arizona Historical Society, PC 1000. Places-Tuc-Schools-Dunbar, 75984



Teachers of grades k-12:
Professional development hours are available for each talk.
An evaluation of each program is required in order to receive a certificate.
Certificates will be emailed.

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