african american history en Albany Celebrates Juneteenth <p></p><p>This weekend marks the 10th Annual Albany Juneteenth Celebration. The free community event is planned for Sunday, in Washington Park.</p><p>Although the Emancipation Proclamation called for the liberation of Confederate slaves on Jan. 1, 1863, its effects weren't immediate.&nbsp; Two and a half years later, the emancipation took effect—when the Union army rode into Galveston to enforce President Lincoln's executive order.</p><p>Juneteenth has been sporadically celebrated in the South as a black independence day ever since June 1865, when slaves in Texas learned of their freedom.</p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 16:14:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 93116 at Albany Celebrates Juneteenth Ideas Matter - MASS Humanities - Reading Frederick Douglass <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>We are very happy to continue our weekly feature on The Roundtable entitled – Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities. It is our chance to check in with the Humanities Councils throughout our 7-State area to discuss important ideas and why they do indeed matter.</p><p>Today we’ll speak with MASS Humanites about their Reading Frederick Douglass project.</p><p>We welcome Pleun Bouricius, Director of Grants and Programs, Mass Humanities and David Harris, Managing Director of the Charles Hamilton Houseton Institute for Race and Equality at Harvard Law School.</p><p> Fri, 16 May 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 90595 at Ideas Matter - MASS Humanities - Reading Frederick Douglass The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region's Conference <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>This Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (April 11 – 13),<a href=""> The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region</a> will present their 13th Public History Conference. This year’s conference is entitled <a href=""><em>Slavery and the Underground Railroad: the Larger Context, the Lingering Legacy</em></a> and is co-sponsored by <a href="">Russell Sage College</a>, The Department of History and Society at Russell Sage College, and the <a href="">Rensselaer County Historical Society</a>.</p><p>Here now to tell us all about it are Brea Barthel, a co-coordinator of the Conference, and Professor at SUNY Albany and RPI and Paul Stewart, Scholar in Residence at Russell Sage College and co-founder of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region.</p><p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87681 at The Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region's Conference "Stokely: A Life" By Peniel E. Joseph <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Stokely Carmichael, the charismatic and controversial black activist, stepped onto the pages of history when he called for “Black Power” during a speech one Mississippi night in 1966.</p><p>A firebrand who straddled both the American civil rights and Black Power movements, Carmichael would stand for the rest of his life at the center of the storm he had unleashed that night.</p><p>In <em>Stokely</em>, preeminent civil rights scholar <a href="">Peniel E. Joseph</a> presents a groundbreaking biography of Carmichael, using his life as a prism through which to view the transformative African American freedom struggles of the twentieth century.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 87279 at "Stokely: A Life" By Peniel E. Joseph Ideas Matter: Anne Northup, Slavery, and the Birth of American Cuisine <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This morning in our </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Ideas Matter</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> segment, we spotlight New York Humanities and discuss Anne </span>Northup<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Slavery, and the Birth of American Cuisine.</span></p><p><em>12 Years a Slave</em>, which just won the Oscar for Best Picture, tells the story of Solomon Northup who was kidnapped from upstate New York and sold into slavery. Told from his point of view, the movie doesn't tell what happened to his family while he was gone. This week we'll learn about his wife Anne, who worked as a cook at the Morris-Jumel House in New York City.</p><p>Our guests are: Carol Ward, Executive Director of <a href="">Morris-Jumel House</a> and Emilie Gruchow, Archivist at Morris-Jumel House.</p><p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 85329 at Ideas Matter: Anne Northup, Slavery, and the Birth of American Cuisine Ideas Matter: Freedom Riders <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Last week in our <a href="">Ideas Matter</a> segment we learned about an exciting national program, Created Equal, which uses documentary films to encourage public conversations about the changing meanings of freedom and equality in America. This week, we learn about how one local organization is using these films to discuss these ideas in the Capital Region.</p><p> Fri, 21 Feb 2014 15:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 84333 at Ideas Matter: Freedom Riders Black History Month Begins <p>Black History Month is here, with a full calendar of events throughout February. Capital Region Bureau Chief Dave Lucas&nbsp; previews some of the first in the region.</p><p></p><p>At this hour in Albany at the County Office Building, the start of African American History Month is being promoted as "an important time to look back and reflect on the advancements made in equality here in Albany County as well as the nation as a whole."</p><p></p> Mon, 03 Feb 2014 16:31:47 +0000 Dave Lucas 83119 at Black History Month Begins "Cutting Along The Color Line" By Quincy T. Mills <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Today, black-owned barbershops play a central role in African American public life. The intimacy of commercial grooming encourages both confidentiality and camaraderie, which make the barber shop an important gathering place for African American men to talk freely.</span></p><p>But for many years preceding and even after the Civil War, black barbers endured a measure of social stigma for perpetuating inequality: though the profession offered economic mobility to black entrepreneurs, black barbers were obliged by custom to serve an exclusively white clientele.</p><p>In his book, <em>Cutting Along the Color Line</em>, Vassar History Professor Quincy Mills chronicles the cultural history of black barber shops as businesses and civic institutions.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 15:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 81504 at "Cutting Along The Color Line" By Quincy T. Mills "Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House" By Robert Dallek <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A 2010</span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;"> Gallup</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> poll asking Americans to assess the last nine presidents gave John F. Kennedy the highest ranking and highest approval rating at 85 percent.</span></p><p>Historian Robert Dallek- who the <em>New York Times</em> called Kennedy’s leading biographer, whose JFK biography An Unfinished Life was a number 1 New York Times best seller- was somewhat amused by this appraisal. For while he admired Kennedy tenured, Dallek’s own in depth study of the man and his presidency offered him a new assessment of his achievements and flaws.</p><p>The poll rekindled his interest in Kennedy’s leadership and he decided to revisit the subject in his new book <em>Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House</em>.</p><p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 16:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 77693 at "Camelot’s Court: Inside the Kennedy White House" By Robert Dallek Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years A Slave <p></p><p></p><p>Solomon Northup was a free man who was lured from his home in Saratoga and kidnapped into slavery in 1841. His life is the subject of the upcoming film, <em>12 Years A Slave</em> which opens at <a href="">The Spectrum Theatre</a> in Albany this Friday.</p><p>The new biography, <em>Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years A Slave</em> provides a compelling chronological narrative of Northup's entire life, from his birth in an isolated settlement in upstate New York to the activities he pursued after his release from slavery.</p><p>The biography was written by Clifford Brown, a political science professor at <a href="">Union College</a> in Schenectady, Rachel Seligman, former head of Union’s gallery (she now works at <a href="">the Tang</a> at Skidmore College); and David Friske, former librarian for the state.</p><p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 76479 at Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years A Slave