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Sons & Daughters of the Middle Passage Call for Presentations and Book Awards, Deadline March 15, 2021

Call for Presentations for the virtual 4th Annual Conference of Sons & Daughters of the Middle Passage, co-sponsored with the New Jersey Chapter of Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society. The deadline is March 15, 2021.
This year, we accept two types of virtual presentations: Pre-recorded/live presentations and pre-recorded ancestor poster sessions. The recorded/live sessions consist of a 20-25-minute video followed by a live Q&A period. The Ancestor poster sessions are very short videos (3-5 minutes) about an enslaved ancestor with relevant information presented on a poster, including the name of an ancestor, dates of birth and death, places of birth and death, spouse and children names, a picture, if available, and enslavement information. You must also submit a short bio (up to 500 words) about your ancestor, citing sources. Click here for an example. Both types of presentations will be on May 22, 2021. We will have our service and book awards banquet on May 21, 2021.
Both types of proposals must be submitted by March 15, 2021. Notice of acceptance will be sent by or before March 31, 2021. We are looking for presentations about genealogy and other connections to African slavery in the colonial period and the United States. Our theme is Voices of Resistance. If you would like to nominate a book, please see the instructions here.
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please submit your proposal or essay here or email us for more information,

Events, March, 2021

Check this post for updates and additional events.

March 3, 10, 17 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Transforming White Organizational Culture

Live, interactive online workshop.  For workshop details click here.  To register, click here.  Fee: $125.

March 4 2:30 p.m. A Conversation with Public Intellectual Eddie Glaude, Jr on the Complex Dynamics of the American Experience. Register for the event here.

March 4 7:00 p.m. Family and Community in African American Poetry — A “Lift Every Voice” Event

Gail Mitchell leads this session using “African American Poetry: 250 Years Of Struggle & Song” as the basis for discussion. More info.  Click here to join.

March 4, 11, and 18, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.  Sankofa Collective: Health as a Civil Right

March 4, Racism and Health, March 11 Policy and Racial Health Disparities, March 18, Community Responses to Racial Health Disparities. Pre-registration is not necessary. To join via Zoom go to Participate by phone: +1 929 205 6099 US (New York) Meeting ID: 881 9470 5613 Passcode: 199884. A suggested donation of $20 per session will be gratefully accepted. Click to make a donation via PayPal

March 5 noon Lecture by Raina Lampkins-Fielder,

Lampkins-Fielder is curator for the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of communities that gave rise to the art made by African American artists of the South—including the Gee’s Bend quiltmakers. Details and free registration for the lecture here.

March 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20    Making African America:A Virtual Symposium on Immigration and the Changing Dynamics of Blackness

Symposium brings together scholars, journalists, activists, curators, filmmakers and writers to discuss how immigration has shaped and is continuing to reshape what it means to be black in the United States. Presented by University of Maryland, College Park, and National Museum of African American History and Culture.  Click here for information and registration.

March 6 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. Labor Against Hate: The Role of Workers in Standing against White Supremacy and Fascism

Dr. Paul Frymer, Princeton University, and Dr. Jacob Grumbach, University of Washington and the Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies lead an open discussion with other union activists and labor leaders who have been integrating anti-racist and anti-fascist programming in their unions. Click here to register.

March 11 5:30 p.m. Conversation: Glenn Ligon and Hilton Als

Artist Glenn Ligon joins Pulitzer Prize–winning author, critic, and Princeton’s Presidential Visiting Scholar Hilton Als to discuss the ways in which art can engage and rethink the most urgent issues of our time. Details and free registration here.

March 20 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. US Immigration after COVID: Call to Action for an Equitable Future

Hear stories of real people affected and what is needed to address prejudice towards immigrants and inequities in our systems and learn about work and policies to fix the US immigration system.  Click here to register.

March 25 4:30 p.m. Cascading Crises: Race, COVID-19, and the Matter of Life and Death

Catherine Clune-Taylor, Assistant Professor of Feminist Science and Technology Studies in the Department of Women’s Studies at San Diego State University discusses two new threads of this work after a brief review of this larger project, The Matter of Black Life and Death. Register for the event here.

March 31 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. Red Bank Public Library “Let’s Talk About Race” 

Click here to register.

March Recognition

There are many groups to be recognized in March as noted in the calendar below. Thanks to NIOT friend, Maria-Cruz Garcia, for bringing it to our attention.

Continuing Conversation on Race and White Privilege, March 1, 2021

At 7pm this coming Monday, March 1st, our March Continuing Conversations on Race and White Privilege will focus on Not in Our Town’s mission and the concept of white supremacy — how it’s enabled, how it showed up and showed off at the insurrection at our nation’s Capitol on January 6, 2021, and how we can work to challenge white supremacy locally and daily. We are especially looking forward to benefitting from the perspectives of a few of the newly-named members of our Youth Advisory group!

As usual, we will be partnering with our friends at the Princeton Public Library, and if you register here before 10am on Monday, you should receive the Zoom link to our free gathering at that point. (If you register after that, the link will be sent out in batches periodically.

Youth Advisory Committee Discussion with Police, February 25, 2021

Click here to register.

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