african american http://wamc.org en Albany Celebrates Juneteenth http://wamc.org/post/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 http://wamc.org Albany Celebrates Juneteenth Peri Smilow, Guest Artist At 22nd Annual Ne'imah Jewish Community Chorus Concert http://wamc.org/post/peri-smilow-guest-artist-22nd-annual-neimah-jewish-community-chorus-concert <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>For twenty-two years, under Founding Conductor and Artistic Director Anna Dubrova, <a href="http://www.neimah.org/">Ne'imah Jewish Community Chorus</a> has served as the voice of Jewish choral music in the Capital District, exploring a rich musical heritage ranging from original works written by contemporary American and Israeli composers to choral arrangements of existing Jewish folk and liturgical music.</p><p>For the last few years their annual concert has taken place at <a href="http://www.thelinda.org">The Linda</a> in Albany, NY. This year’s concert is entitled "Songs of Freedom" and will feature guest artist, <a href="http://www.perismilow.com/">Peri Smilow</a>. Peri has been touring the world for over twenty years, emphasizing music that promotes social progress and breaks down social barriers. She joins us now to tell us more about her music and her career.</p><p> Fri, 30 May 2014 15:45:00 +0000 Sarah LaDuke 91612 at http://wamc.org Peri Smilow, Guest Artist At 22nd Annual Ne'imah Jewish Community Chorus Concert "Cutting Along The Color Line" By Quincy T. Mills http://wamc.org/post/cutting-along-color-line-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 http://wamc.org "Cutting Along The Color Line" By Quincy T. Mills Seven Days Of Kwanzaa http://wamc.org/post/seven-days-kwanzaa <p></p><p></p><p>The holiday was created in 1966 by<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maulana_Karenga" target="_blank"> Maulana Karenga</a>, professor and chairman of Africana Studies at California State University.</p> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 23:59:00 +0000 Dave Lucas 80569 at http://wamc.org Seven Days Of Kwanzaa Rep. John Lewis - "Across That Bridge" http://wamc.org/post/rep-john-lewis-across-bridge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>We speak with United States Congressman, John Lewis, about his new book, <em><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1401324118/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wamcnortheast-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1401324118">Across That Bridge: Life Lessons and a Vision for Change</a><img alt="" border="0" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wamcnortheast-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1401324118" style="border:none !important; margin:0px !important;" width="1"></em>.</p><p> Wed, 28 Aug 2013 14:10:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 39944 at http://wamc.org Rep. John Lewis - "Across That Bridge" Great Barrington to Commemorate Civil Rights Leader http://wamc.org/post/great-barrington-commemorate-civil-rights-leader <p>At a time when millions of Americans are celebrating the 50<sup>th</sup> anniversary of the March on Washington, people from the Berkshires are recognizing another civil rights milestone.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:04:00 +0000 Jim Levulis 72000 at http://wamc.org Great Barrington to Commemorate Civil Rights Leader "Falling Back" by Jamie Fader http://wamc.org/post/falling-back-jamie-fader <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><em>Falling Back</em> is a new book based based on over three years of ethnographic research with black and Latino males on the cusp of adulthood and incarcerated at a rural reform school designed to address “criminal thinking errors” among juvenile drug offenders.</p><p><a href="http://www.albany.edu">State University at Albany</a> professor Jamie Fader observed these young men as they transitioned back to their urban Philadelphia neighborhoods, resuming their daily lives and struggling to adopt adult masculine roles.</p><p>She looks to portray the complexities of human decision-making as these men strove to “fall back,” or avoid reoffending, and become productive adults. Jamie Fader is an assistant professor of criminal justice at the University at Albany, SUNY.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 69821 at http://wamc.org "Falling Back" by Jamie Fader Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities and Reading Frederick Douglass http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-mass-humanities-and-reading-frederick-douglass <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We are very happy to continue our new regular 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.</span></p><p>This morning we spotlight MASS Humanities and specifically we’ll talk about Reading Frederick Douglass. Our guests this morning are Pleun Bouricius, Assistant Director, <a href="http://www.masshumanities.org/">Mass Humanities</a> and Don Quinn Kelley, Founding Co-Chair <a href="http://www.liftevryvoice.org/">Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival</a>.</p><p> Fri, 31 May 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Ray Graf 66036 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter: MASS Humanities and Reading Frederick Douglass Ideas Matter: Pennsylvania Humanities Council and The Souls of Black Baseball http://wamc.org/post/ideas-matter-pennsylvania-humanities-council-and-souls-black-baseball <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">We are very happy to continue our new regular feature on The Roundtable, entitled – </span><a href="http://www.wamc.org/term/ideas-matter" style="line-height: 1.5;"><em>Ideas Matter: Checking in with the Public Humanities</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. 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. This morning we spotlight the </span><a href="http://www.pahumanities.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Pennsylvania Humanities Council</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and specifically,</span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"> <a href="http://www.pahumanities.org/programs/presentations.php?id=37">The Souls of Black Baseball</a></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Bob Allen, a former Philosophy Instructor at Penn State has spent the last ten years traveling in the United States, visiting and interviewing every surviving player of the Negro Leagues in an effort to preserve the history and stories of Negro League Baseball.</p><p>He is currently working on an oral history project titled, <em>The Souls of Black Baseball</em>.</p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 14:35:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 64921 at http://wamc.org Ideas Matter: Pennsylvania Humanities Council and The Souls of Black Baseball "Ghosts of Jim Crow" by F. Michael Higginbotham http://wamc.org/post/ghosts-jim-crow-f-michael-higginbotham <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>When America inaugurated its first African American president, in 2009, many wondered if the country had finally become a "post-racial" society.</p><p>In <em>Ghosts of Jim Crow</em>, F. Michael Higginbotham argues that America remains far away from that imagined utopia.</p><p> Thu, 16 May 2013 15:12:00 +0000 Joe Donahue 64841 at http://wamc.org "Ghosts of Jim Crow" by F. Michael Higginbotham