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  • Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire: Celebrating Resilience, Versatility and Courage



      


    Celebrating Resilience, Versatility, and Courage

     
    FINEST DAYS YET UNKNOWN

    I, like many of you, can remember exactly where I was when the news about the twin towers came. The events of September 11th shook the United States to its core. The world mourned and prayed in solidarity.  And for one moment, one moment in time, the opportunity for us to choose a path towards peace shone brightly. Then, we declared war. 

    Our current crisis, the mass protests after the murder of yet another unarmed Black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer, is highlighting the underbelly of racism in our country. Again, we have found international solidarity as the protests have spread globally with many demonstrators not only expressing outrage at the killing but also denouncing racism in their own countries.

    We are at a pivotal moment in our history. America is again at that crossroads of change and once again our nation is faced with the choice of continuing business as usual or forging a new path towards equality and justice. The path we will choose is still unclear to me. But I see signs to be hopeful. 

    Seven years ago when the Black Lives Matter movement started they were labeled by some as a terrorist organization solely comprised of Black protesters. Today the protesters are multi-racial and multi-ethnic. In our own state of New Hampshire, 97% of the people protesting today are white.

    Therein lies the hope for change.  Are we ready to have courageous conversations? 

    JerriAnne 

     
    LISTEN TO THE VOICES
    Terry speaks on the death of George Floyd and the recent protest across the country
    Manchester, NH
    Kayla Lewis reads Strange Fruit by Abel Meeropol
     
    CELEBRATE BLACK LIVES

    Friday, June 19, 1:00 PM  | Zoom & Facebook Live

    Music to Celebrate Our Ancestors:  Drumming, Dance & Song
    Live streaming from the Portsmouth African Burying Ground, members of the African drumming and dance group Akwaaba Ensemble and Rev. Robert Thompson will honor the ancestors who survived the Middle Passage with traditional songs and dance.
    Register here

    Other events include:

    Thursday, June 18, 3:00 PM | Zoom & Facebook 
    Cooking with Selina: A Soul Food Cooking Show
    For those who want to cook along with Selina, a list of ingredients for the cooking show are posted on our website. 
    Register here

    Friday, June 19, 6:00 PM | Zoom
    Songs that Feed the Soul: A Concert 
    Link to Zoom

    Saturday, June 20, 10:00 AM | Zoom & Facebook Live
    The Diet of Our Ancestors: What History & Science Reveals
    featuring special guest Adrian Miller. 
    Register here

    For more information on these programs read here.

     
    BHTNH PARTICIPATING IN NH GIVES
    The clock starts at 6 pm on June 9th! A match, made possible by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and its Thomas W. Haas Fund and John F. Swope Fund means that each online donation made to #NHGives to any participating nonprofit will be matched 1:1 up to $1,000 per donation for the first $250,000 given during the 24-hour event. To give to the BHTNH use this link https://www.nhgives.org/organizations/black-heritage-trail-of-nh
     
    OPPORTUNITIES TO GET INVOLVED

    Black Lives Matter vigil set for Saturday in Nashua

    Saturday, June 6th @  6 p.m. in Greeley Park.
    An upcoming vigil organized by the Greater Nashua Area Branch of the NAACP and Black Lives Matter Nashua will be a call to action in honor of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and other victims of police brutality, according to Jordan Thompson, racial justice organizer for ACLU-NH and founder of Black Lives Matter Nashua, which officially launches this week.
     
    FINDING ANSWERS
    National Museum of African American History and Culture Releases “Talking About Race” Web Portal

    The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents and caregivers—and individuals committed to racial equality.  
    Read more here
     
     
     
    DID YOU KNOW?
    The Boston slave riot of 1854 was a contest for the soul of Boston in which slavery supporters won the battle but lost the war. On the night of May 24, 1854, federal marshals seized 19-year-old Anthony Burnes on Court Street and wrestled him into the courthouse on a trumped-up charge of jewelry theft.
    Read more here
     
     
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