Springfield, MA— In honor of Black History Month and as part of the 2018 On the Move Forum, the University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMASS-Amherst), Bay Path University, Pan African Historical Museum USA (PAHMUSA), and The Republican will present an interactive panel and special exhibit: “The Intersection: Untold Stories About Women of Color On the Move” as hidden figures and pacesetters for the Civil Rights and Women’s Movements. The event will be held at the UMASS Center at Springfield on Thursday, February 1, 2018, 5:30 - 7 pm.
The program is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. This panel and exhibit share the journey of many local and national hidden figures who have been “on the move” to set the pace for progress across the timeline of history. Together, attendees will walk through untold stories and learn about current issues, trends, perspectives and motivational stories related to women of color—past and present—who teach about strength and courage, as well as provide valuable life lessons that lay the groundwork for future progress.
The event will also feature research from the new work It’s Our Movement Now by Dr. Laura L. Lovett from the UMASS-Amherst Department of History, along with contributors to the book including Prof. Janine Fondon from the Bay Path University Communications Department and Rachel Daniel. Additional event speakers include: LuJuana Hood, Director, PAHMUSA; co-organizers of the Black Springfield History Matters initiative, Dr. Demetria Rougeaux Shabazz and Dr. Amilcar Shabazz (Chair), both of the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at UMASS-Amherst; historian Joe Carvalho; and Wayne Phaneuf, executive editor of The Republican. The event is free, but registration is encouraged. For more information call 413-221-7931.