Black History Month Events

 

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

The Research and Rediscovery of Seneca Village

Thursday, February 11, 7:00-8:30 PM

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Map of Seneca Village from Egbert Viele's Map of the
lands included in the Central Park
, 1856.
Courtesy of NYC Municipal Archives

Join us for a virtual lecture and tour with Marie Warsh, Smith College Class of 1997, that covers the research and rediscovery of Seneca Village, the predominately Black community that existed in upper Manhattan from 1825 -1857, on land that became Central Park.

The largely forgotten settlement included over 225 residents at its peak, as well as three churches, one school, and the largest percentage of Black property owners in New York City at the time. Of the 100 black New Yorkers eligible to vote in 1845 – a right linked to property ownership – 10 lived in Seneca Village.

Using archival maps and documents and recent photographs of the site, the presentation will share the history of the village and how research and archaeological excavations had led to its rediscovery and understanding as a highly significant place in the history of Black New York.

For additional information about Seneca Village and the Central Park Conservancy visit their website

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Limit: 100 participants 
Cost: Free for Members and $5 for Non-Members
You must be registered before 4:30 PM on Thursday, February 11th to join the event. The Zoom link and password details will be shared by 5:00 P.M. on the day prior to the event and again, a few hours prior to the start of the event.


History Through Soul Food

Saturday, February 13, 4:00-5:30 PM

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Fried chicken, fried fish, chitlins, greens, black-eyed peas, candied yams, macaroni and cheese, cornbread, hot sauce, red drink, banana pudding, peach cobbler, pound cake and sweet potato pie. What insights into African American history may be gleaned from a typical soul food meal or the history of signature soul food, which combines the ingredients and culinary traditions of West Africa, Europe and the Americas?

Join James Beard Award-winning author, historian and storyteller Adrian Miller for an informative and entertaining presentation on the history and historical context of this distinctive cuisine. 

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Limit: 100 participants 
Cost: $15 to Members and Non-Members
You must be registered before 3:00 PM on Saturday, February 13th to join the event. The Zoom link and password details will be shared by 5:00 P.M. on the day prior to the event and again, a few hours prior to the start of the event.


When White America Gets Pneumonia, COVID-19, and Structural Racism

Tuesday, February 16, 7:00-8:30 PM

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Don’t miss our keynote lecture for Black History Month, presented by Dr. Linda Rae Murray, MD, MPH, a national leader in community health and career activist for social justice in healthcare. The discussion will be moderated by Kimberly McGill, MD, OBGYN, Smith College Class of 2001.

Dr. Murray will examine the historical experience of American medicine with the concept of race, demonstrating how structural racism has resulted in significant gaps in mortality based on race and ethnicity. She will further examine the role structural racism has played in the differential impact of Covid-19 on people of color. Dr. Murray will consider also to what extent responses to the pandemic have decreased the impact of racism.

Dr. McGill, who practices obstetrics in Raleigh, NC and was recently highlighted in an article in the Smith Quarterly (Jan. 2021) on alumnae responses to the pandemic, will discuss her experience related to similar issues for women of color in the fields of obstetrics, maternal and fetal health.

Recognizing the critical importance of this topic, the program will be presented free-of-charge for all participants. In recognition of Black History Month and in honor of our keynote speaker Dr. Linda Rae Murray, the club has made a donation in her name to the Smith College Emergency Fund for Students of Color.

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Limit: 100 participants 
Cost: Free to Members and Non-Members
You must be registered before 5:00 PM on Tuesday, February 16th to join the event. The Zoom link and password details will be shared by 5:00 P.M. on the day prior to the event and again, a few hours prior to the start of the event.


CLUB ANNOUNCEMENTS

Watch Rally Day 2021

This year's virtual Rally Day celebration will be streamed live on Smith College's Facebook page on Thursday, Feb. 18, beginning at 1:30 p.m. Eastern. President Kathleen McCartney will award the Smith Medal to four accomplished alums: Anne Gershon ’60, infectious disease specialist; Claire Chino ’88, business leader; Clare Coleman ’92, reproductive health leader; and Kimberly Drew ’12 (pictured), writer, curator and art activist.







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