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Virtual Program: Reliquary of Blackness: Oral Histories to Public Archives

Tuesday November 16, 2021 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

In this talk, Erika Slocumb will engage the importance of oral history and collaborative public history projects in changing the narratives of spaces where discourse about certain communities is missing and creating Public archives of those histories for future generations.

She will talk about her experience working on the Black Holyoke project with the Black community in Holyoke as well as a most recent endeavor with Professor John Bracey, through a grant funded through the UMass Chancellor’s office, to document the history of Black students, staff and faculty at the University of Massachusetts, titled Black Presence at UMass.

About this Program:

This program is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required using the form below. This program will be presented virtually on the Zoom platform.


About the Presenter:

Erika Slocumb is a mother, artist, and scholar-activist. She is a doctoral candidate in the W.E.B. DuBois Department at UMass Amherst. Her research titled “Reliquary of Blackness,” focuses on the use of oral histories, and community storytelling to retell, reshape and reclaim history in spaces where Black stories have been obscured, specifically reclaiming the narratives of Blackness in museums and other repositories of history and culture. She has curated an exhibit on oral histories of the Black community in Holyoke, MA and continues to work toward collecting histories and artifacts of the community.

About our Sponsor:

This program is funded in part by a Bridge Street Sponsorship from Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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