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June 2017

Dunbar High School’s Classic Age: 1870 – 1957 film showing in Shepherd Park, DC

June 26 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Shepherd Park Public Library,
7420 Georgia Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20012 United States
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The first public high school for African Americans, the Paul W. Lawrence High School in Washington, D.C. was known for the sterling education given to its students and for the successes they achieved in later life.  Among its famous students are General Benjamin Davis, Sr., Nannie Helen Burroughs, Dr. Charles Drew, Charles Hamilton Houston, Senator Edward Brooke and Elizabeth Catlett.  Notable principals and teachers include  Mary Jane Patterson, Richard T. Greener, Anna Julia Cooper, Christian Fleetwood, Edward C. Williams, Jesse Redmon…

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July 2017

“Beginnings of African American Literacy” told in Richmond

July 29 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Richmond Public Library,
101 E. Franklin Street
Richmond, VA 23219 United States
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This presentation was well-received at the 2017 Black History Conference of the Afro American Genealogical and Historical Society chapters of Washington, D. C. and Maryland.  Marvin T. Jones will tell the stories about how African Americans gained literacy and skills against all odds and how school records are aids to genealogical research.  He will also show how those starting from illiteracy rose to great heights.  Among notable people in the presentation are Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, Myrilla Miner and…

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October 2017

Haiti and the Civil War – a talk by Marvin T. Jones

October 3 @ 7:00 pm
Greenbelt Public Library,
11 Crescent Rd
Greenbelt, MD 20770 United States
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The Civil War is sometimes called the Second Haitian Revolution.  Pro-slavers feared Haiti, the enslaved and abolitionists found great hope from Toussaint Louverture and Haiti.  This lecture details the actions of enslaved and abolitionists who were encouraged by the Haitian Revolution, Haiti's own involvement in offering freedom to people of color,  and why Haiti was so important to keeping alive the hope that all Americans would be free.  American leaders who wrote and spoke of their admiration for Louverture include John…

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