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Historian to Discuss First Black Female Abolitionist


HARTFORD – June is Caribbean-American Heritage Month. And in celebration of Caribbean-American Heritage Month, Dr. Ann-Marie Adams will hold a discussion about race, gender, and education in Connecticut at the Avon Public Library on June 30.

 
Dr. Adams’ talk entitled Maria Stewart: Alchemy of Race, Gender, and Education in Antebellum Connecticut, will begin at 6 p.m. in the Library’s conference room at 281 Country Club Road in Avon, CT.

 
Adams, a historian and journalist, will also discuss the contours and complexity of the long Civil Rights Movement in Connecticut, which catapulted Maria Stewart to fame in the 1800s. Stewart was the first black, female abolitionist, a contemporary of Frederick Douglass.

 
She was also the first black woman to give a public speech in America.

 
She was also known for giving the first speech before a mixed audience of men and women. In the 1800s it was not proper for women—black and white—to speak before an audience with men.

 
And unbeknown to many, Stewart was from Connecticut.

 
A Caribbean-American, Dr. Adams said she is delighted to share this hidden history with the public.

 

 

Stewart has been heralded by many black feminists, but she does not get the attention of Frederick Douglass or Harriett Tubman.

 
Stewart was born in the West Indies.

 
For more information, call 860-403-0055.

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Hartford Group Honors Women Who ‘Walk Worthy’


HARTFORD —  In an effort to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women who impact the Greater Hartford community,  Walk Worthy Brands will award four “walk worthy” awards at the Passing the Torch Brunch on Saturday at Central Connecticut State University.

The awardees are Dr. Ann-Marie Adams, a historian and founder of  the hyperlocal news site, The Hartford Guardian, Marilyn Calderon, Executive Director of Connecticut Parent Power, Tracey “Mind Evolution” Caldwell, a spoken word artist, and Nicole Locario, a folk dancer with Island Reflections Dance Troupe. The event is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. CCSU’s Institute for Techonology and Business, 185 Main St., New Britain.

The Passing the Torch Brunch was founded by Hartford native, Daemond Benjamin, who use as his guide a biblical phrase from Ephesian 4 verse 1: “I therefore the prisoner of the Lord beech you that you walk worthy of the vocation with which you are called.”

Many of the awardees, he said, are walking worthy daily and empowering the community.

“We felt it was important to acknowledge the many unsung SheRoes in our community. The honorees embody the best our tradition and their works cover the span of journalism, activism, and performing arts,” Benjamin said.

The event will include performances by local artist, a keynote address by Rahael Tesfamariam of Urban Cusps and the Washington Post’s RootDC, as well as West Indian and Southern style cuisine.

Tickets are $25. For more information, visit WalkWorthyBrands.com/events, email walkworthybrands@gmail.com, or call 860.881.8594.

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Adams To Discuss “Origins of Sheff v O’Neill”


HARTFORD –- Dr. Ann-Marie Adams will give a talk about her upcoming book based on her dissertation, “The Origins of Sheff v. O’Neill: The Troubled Legacy of School Segregation in Connecticut.”

The discussion will be on Thursday, July 28 from 12: 10 to 1: 50 p.m. at the Downtown Hartford Public Library’s Café Space.

The book talk is a part of the library’s Novel Destinations, a summer reading program for adults.

Participants borrow books, audio books, and magazines, read them, and then complete and submit an entry card for each item read. The more someone reads the more chances that person has a chance to win prizes.

Over the summer, area authors, including Adams, will read from and discuss their books, or upcoming books, on Thursdays, June 30 through August 25, from 12:10-12:50 p.m., at the Downtown Branch, in the Café Space on the Main Floor.

Attendees are invited to bring their lunches and the Library will provide beverages. Each time that someone attends, he/she will receive an entry for the Library’s adult summer reading program, Novel Destinations, prize drawing.

Dr. Adams is a postdoctoral associate at Rutgers University’s Center for Historical Analysis. She teaches Twentieth Century U.S. history.

 

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Hartford Library Kicks Off Summer Reading Program


HARTFORD — The Hartford Public Library kicked off it’s summer reading series on Thursday at the downtown branch on Main Street with Sandra Rodriguez Barron (shown in featured photo).

Novel Destinations is the theme of Hartford Public Library’s 2011 summer reading program for adults. Participants borrow books, audiobooks, and magazines, read them, and then complete and submit an entry card for each item read. The more someone reads the more chances that person has a chance to win prizes. Residents should visit any of the Library’s 10 locations for more information.

Over the summer, area authors, including The Hartford Guardian‘s Ann-Marie Adams, will be reading from and discussing their books or upcoming books on Thursdays, June 30 through August 25, from 12:10-12:50 p.m., at the Downtown Branch, in the Café Space on the Main Floor.

Attendees are invited to bring their lunches and the Library will provide beverages. Each time that someone attends, he/she will receive an entry for the Library’s adult summer reading program, Novel Destinations, prize drawing.

All author events from 12:10-12:50 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

June 30 – Steve Liskow

July 7 – Patricia Sheehy

July 14 –Judith K. Ivie

July 21 – Okey Ndibe

July 28 – Dr. Ann-Marie Adams

August 4 – Silvio Support and Anthony Riccio

 

August 11 – José Garcia

August 18 – Judith Kappenman

August 25 – Cindy Brown Austin

Events are free and open to the public. If special accommodations to participate in an event are required, please contact Access Assistance at 860-695-6365 or TTY 860-722-6890, two weeks prior to the event.

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Dr. Ann-Marie Adams to Speak at Otis Library


NORWICH — Historian Dr. Ann-Marie Adams will present a Women’s History program at Otis Library on March 10.

The event will include a talk distilled from her dissertation while at Howard University. Her dissertation, Sheff v. O’Neill: The Troubled Legacy of  School Segregation in Connecticut, was published in 2010 and is the first detailed scholarship that examines the history of blacks in Connecticut from colonial period to the 1990s.

The program, “Sarah Harris: Courage and Commitment in the Quest for ‘a little more’ Education” will begin at 6 p.m.

Her talk on Thursday will detail Prudence Crandall’s fight against the prevailing racist sentiment of antebellum Connecticut after she opened the first school for black women in 1833.  Crandall’s courage is heralded across the nation and inspired a museum in Canterbury, Conn.  But the courageous act of Sarah Harris is rarely examined, or heralded in public, Adams said.  In her presentation, the journalist and historian will discuss the role of Harris, the young black girl who dared to ask for a “little more” education in the ongoing quest for citizenship.

Adams’ presentation is also the first to examine race, gender and class in antebellum Connecticut and the complex but simple relationship between two women: Crandall and Harris.

This program is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call (860) 889-2365, ext. 128.

 





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