Event at Library Focuses on African Americans’ Experience in Mass. in the Past and Today

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The latest event in the Watertown Free Public Library’s Democracy Talks series will focus on The African American Trail Project.

The event will be held Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, at 7 p.m. in the Watertown Savings Bank Room.

The Library provided the following information:

The African American Trail Project is a city-wide organizational network and community-based archive that maps African American and African-descended public history sites across greater Boston. Housed at Tufts University, the project aims to develop African American historical memory and intergenerational connections through research, exhibits, and community engagement.

Ultimately, it places present-day struggles for racial justice in the context of historical movements for social change that originated, and found expression, in greater Boston’s historic African American, Black Native, and diasporic communities. In this presentation, historians Kerri Greenidge and Kendra Field will introduce the project and consider the role of universities in the public history of greater Boston. (More about Democracy talks here.)

Democracy Talks is a series of events designed to illuminate the democratic process and create space for conversation. Our expert speakers grapple with the thorniest issues of our time, providing much-needed context and suggesting paths to engagement. Have a suggestion for a speaker? Let us know!

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