In our journey to establish an anti-racist identity, the ADORE participants have become aware that there is a tremendous amount of important history that most of us were never taught in school and that much of what we were taught has been whitewashed. It is crucial that we make an effort to learn about past historical truths in order to effectively repair and make right our present-day broken society. At our May 22, 2022, 12:30-2:30pm Hawai’i Time Zoom ADORE meeting, we will learn about yet another important slice of history by listening to a presentation given by Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts Professor Emerita Frances Jones-Sneed regarding a very important historical figure, Elizabeth Freeman.
Berkshire County, Massachusetts has been home to many prominent African Americans, including W.E.B. DuBois, James Van Der Zee, and Elizabeth Freeman, the first enslaved African American woman to successfully file a lawsuit for freedom in the state of Massachusetts. Her 1780 case set a precedent that led to the abolition of slavery in Massachusetts a few years later. In her presentation, Elizabeth “Mum Bett” Freeman: From Slavery to Freedom, MCLA Professor Emerita Frances Jones-Sneed will tell Freeman’s story, its implications, and current efforts to share it widely, from a planned motion picture to a commemorative statue in Sheffield, joining one on view at the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed is professor emerita of history and former Director of Women Studies at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. Jones-Sneed has taught and researched local history, with a focus on African Americans, for over twenty-five years. She spearheaded a national conference on African American biography in September, 2006, is co-director of the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail, is a former board member of Mass Humanities, and is presently a board member of the Samuel Harrison Society and Clinton Church Restoration. She was a 2008 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Fellow at the W.E.B. DuBois Institute at Harvard University an co-edited the book, African American Heritage in the Upper Housatonic Valley.
Here you can find the Zoom invitation link to the May 22nd ADORE meeting:
ADORE UnitariansofHI is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Suggested login time is 12:15-12:20pm Hawai’i Time as we will start promptly at 12:30pm. It will be helpful to check your sound and video ahead of the meeting start time as well as muting yourselves at 12:30pm.
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