Hosted by Essex Heritage in partnership with Salem State University

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Join Essex Heritage for a FREE symposium at Salem State University on Saturday, March 25, 2023, 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM, A Community of Changemakers: Exploring the history of Black activism in Essex County, exploring the history and continued presence of Black activism in Essex County. The history of Black people’s experiences in Essex County, MA- including institutional integration, community activism, and hard-fought access to fundamental rights- offers a rich set of stories to explore. 

In this symposium, we will examine how these experiences exemplify a larger history of structural policies of exclusion and prejudice, but also perseverance and change. This history also informs the work of present-day activists and youth in our region who want to continue this legacy. Together we will explore how local museums, archives, educational institutions, and community leaders might disseminate these stories to inspire continued positive change. The event is funded through a National Park Service African American Civil Rights Grant and is meant to extend the impact of  a recently-published guide compiled by Dr. Liz Duclos-Orsello (Salem State University) and Dr. Kabria Baumgartner (Northeastern) called “African Americans in Essex County: An Annotated Guide.”  

The event is free but space is limited and REGISTRATION is required. For more information please see the attached flyer and visit our website. An option for educators to earn PDPs will be available. Please reach out to Beth Beringer with any questions.

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