Humanities Happenings (2/24-2/28)

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Commemorate Black History month with events exploring civil rights milestones and stories of Kansas’ African-American communities.

Great Bend: Memories of “South Town”

How do you save the history of a community that has nearly disappeared? Veronica Coons, reporter with the Great Bend Tribune, will talk about her unique experience gathering interviews as part of an oral history project to record the stories of South Hoisington, Kansas, a predominately African-American community established by the railroad in Barton County. Sponsored by the Barton County Historical Society. Feb. 24th at 7:30 p.m. Click here for details. You can also read about South Hoisington in a recent KHC E-News.

Atchison, Kansas City, & Lawrence: Created Equal

“Created Equal” film discussions mark the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and are made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.  Three events are taking place this week:

  •  Naomi Lanney, an author, educator, and pastor, facilitates a discussion of the film, “Slavery By Another Name” at Blue Hills Church of the Nazarene in Kansas City, Missouri. Sponsored by MidAmerica Nazarene University. Feb. 24th at 7 PM. Click here for details.
  • Atchison Public Library is hosting two “Created Equal” events: Historian Anne Hawkins leads a discussion of the film, “The Abolitionists” on Feb. 25th at 6:00 PM. Click here for details. Shawn Leigh Alexander, professor of African American Studies at the University of Kansas, talks about “Slavery By Another Name,” on Feb. 26th at 6:00 PM. Click here for details.
  • The Langston Hughes Center in Lawrence will host a discussion related to the film, “Slavery by Another Name,” and Shawn Leigh Alexander will present, “Worse than Slavery: Race, Violence, and the Defining of the Nation in Post Emancipation America.” Feb. 27th at 7:30 PM. Click here for details.

Topeka: Brown v. Board at 60

It’s been 60 years since Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, the landmark Supreme Court decision that declared school segregation unconstitutional. What is the impact of the Brown v. Board decision in the 21st Century? The Washburn University School of Law presents panelists who will discuss historic efforts to desegregate Kansas public schools, cultural factors that contribute to modern de facto school segregation, and Brown v. Board’s impact on current issues such as marriage, voting rights, and employment discrimination. Feb. 27th at 8:30 a.m. at Washburn University, Bradley Thompson Alumni Center. Seating is limited and registration is required. Click here for details.

There are more events exploring the Civil Rights Movement and Kansas’ African-American heritage in February and throughout 2014. Visit KHC’s Calendar of Events for more information.

Banner images: (L to R): The Abolitionists: ©WGBH Educational Foundation/Antony PlattSouth Hoisington residents Fidel Torrez, Jesse Cushinberry, and Charles Gulliford, Jr., circa 1941. Photo courtesy of the Barton County Historical Museum; Slavery by Another Name: Jon Van Amber and Omni Studio; Created Equal signature image: Courtesy Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, NYWT&S Collection