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Black Activism Symposium

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The University of Georgia has set up a website the Black Activism Symposium website. 

The Black Activism: A Transatlantic Legacy project examines the imprint of Black activism in the US and the UK, past and present. The Black Activism project is proudly supported by:

Highgate Baptist Church, Birmingham, UK, University of Georgia, Willson Center for Humanities & Arts, Athens, GA, USA, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, The Robbins House, Concord, Massachusetts, USA

The project consists of a website and symposium which brings together scholars, students, and community leaders from the US, UK, and Canada to address this question: How can multi-ethnic communities identify solutions to contemporary challenges caused by racial, economic, and educational inequities by learning about the experiences of historical and contemporary activists engaged in transatlantic social justice campaigns? The Fall 2020 Online Symposium features scholars conducting research on southern and African Diasporic activists. The Black Activism website highlights the work of early Black activists as well as leaders of community groups currently involved in social justice issues, who will share their insights about global intersections and local initiatives.

The website and symposia have been inspired by the research of Barbara McCaskill and Sidonia Serafini, with the Rev. Paul Walker, on the former slave, educator, and activist Rev. Peter Thomas Stanford (c. 1860-May 20, 1909). Rev. Stanford was Birmingham’s first black minister and once spearheaded an international anti-lynching campaign during the nineteenth century. A biographical edition of Stanford’s writings, edited by McCaskill, Serafini, and Walker, was recently published by the University of Georgia Press. Co-editor of the scholarly edition, Rev. Paul Walker recently retired from his ministerial position at Highgate Baptist Church in England, formerly Hope Chapel, where Stanford pastored in the 1890s.

In addition to the Fall 2020 Online Symposium, the Black Activism website presents resources for research and teaching that are centered on the social justice, educational, intellectual, cultural, and philanthropic contributions of transatlantic Black activists from the nineteenth century to today.

The section Ellen Garrison Jackson Clark documents exciting new work on Black abolitionist and educator, Ellen Garrison Jackson Clark. Black Activism Past and Present includes biographies of transatlantic Black activists of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, accompanied by brief suggested reading bibliographies as well as an historical interactive timeline; this section also highlights the work of Kingsway Project and Windrush Strikes Back in England. The Resources section of the website offers a resources for scholarship on Black activism as well as links to online resources, including exhibitions and primary documents.

Additionally, the Black Activism Blog features brief essays that highlight and reflect on the significance of nineteenth-century images related to African American literature, culture, and activism.

Project Directors: Barbara McCaskill (Professor of English), Sidonia Serafini (PhD candidate, English), Kelly P. Dugan (PhD, Language and Literacy Education)

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    Kingsway Project is a voluntary organisation, with strong evidence of effectively working with Youths, Women’s groups and Seniors successfully by conducting community events, training and consultations. Our aim is to enhance cohesion, and empower the community to be active citizens through community events, education and training.

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