Hosted by Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance

Thursday, June 24th at 5:00 pm

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Join us for ReMapping New England, an ongoing collaboration between Atlantic Black Box and Indigo Arts Alliance that aims to re-member our communities in all their diversity and radically shift public consciousness toward truth.

Uncovering the hidden role of girls and women in the desegregation of American education, with Dr. Kabria Baumgartner.

Most people learn about school desegregation in the context of the mid-twentieth-century South. Brown v. Board of Education. Ruby Bridges. The Little Rock Nine. Yet a century before that, young Black women and girls in the North led the fight for equal school rights—the right of all to a quality education on an equal basis. Massachusetts was the epicenter of the equal school rights movement. The activism of these young women reshaped public education in and around the Northeast. Exploring this history is vital, not only to spotlight the long struggle for Black educational justice, but also to remind us of our collective obligation to democratize public education today.

Dr. Kabria Baumgartneris the Dean’s Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at Northeastern University. She has just published In Pursuit of Knowledge: Black Women and Educational Activism in Antebellum America, which situates the origins of the story of school desegregation in the nineteenth-century Northeast. She is currently writing Bound To Service: Black Girls and Unfree Labor in the Shadow of Slavery, which explores the rise of indentured servitude in the Northeast and its impact on African American girls and women during the early national period.

Indigo Arts Alliance connects Black and Brown artists from around the world with Maine’s artists of African descent through a multidisciplinary artist-in-residency program that embodies a Black-led approach to creativity, community-building, and mentoring.

Atlantic Black Box is a public history project that supports individuals and institutions in researching and reckoning with New England’s role in the Atlantic world slave economy.

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