I love this! Poetry, social & civic equality, a walking tour and more all rolled into one. This event held by Hamilton Hall which chronicles the work and experiences of Charlotte Forten Grimké here in Salem looks like a good one. Details are per Facebook.
“Essex Heritage and Hamilton Hall present a lecture for Salem Women’s History Day about Charlotte Forten Grimké, a talented writer, Civil War-era teacher of freed people, and a voice for social and civic equality for African Americans and women. In essays, poems and a long-kept journal, Forten chronicled the times in which she lived—in Salem, where, by day, she read, wrote and walked, becoming the normal school’s (now Salem State University’s) first black graduate and Salem’s first black teacher, and, by night, joined black and white activists in the fight against slavery and racial prejudice. Using her words and artifacts of the times, Emerita Professor of Education at Salem State University, Mary-Lou Breitborde celebrates this smart, sensitive woman who navigated a difficult world with dignity and effect, and the role that Salem played in her story. Following the lecture, join Salem State University Professor of English, Lucinda Damon-Bach, for a walking tour to explore some of the places Charlotte Forten Grimké wrote about in her journal.
Mary-Lou Breitborde is Emerita Professor of Education at Salem State University where she taught courses in the social foundations of education and served as associate dean and director of the Center for Education and Community. She is author of the books Teaching on Principle and Promise, Remembering Massachusetts State Normal Schools: Pioneers in Teacher Education, and Educating the Global Village and has published articles and book chapters and given international presentations on the history of women in education, school–community relations, and global/multicultural education. Dr. Breitborde earned her A.B. in sociology at Wheaton College, master’s and doctoral degrees from Boston University with additional graduate study in social welfare at the University of California-Berkeley. She has been a research fellow at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and a visiting scholar at Knox College in Illinois, where she conducted research on women teachers of the formerly enslaved and an oral history on one-room schools in the Midwest. Dr. Breitborde currently serves on the Board of LEAP for Education in Salem and is a member of SSU’s Charlotte Forten Legacy Project.
Free for all. Registration for walking tour is first-come, first-served at the event, as space is limited.”
This event takes place on March 29, 2020 from 2:00 pm to 3:15 pm at Hamilton Hall, 9 Chestnut St. Salem, MA 01970. Enjoy!! <3
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