An interactive panel, led by Dr. Ella Maria Ray and Dr. Rachel Harding, that brings local scholars and poets together to dialogue with the audience about how Africans in the Americas have historically embraced vocal music as they moved towards and continue to advance in the direction of authentic liberation.
Professor Winston Grady-Willis, Department Chair, African and African American Studies, Metropolitan State College of Denver, will discuss the roles and contributions of students in the Civil Rights Movement.
Workshop participants will engage in an in-depth look at the Freedom Rides and learn more about southern segregation laws and models of political resistance during the civil rights movement. Special guest Ernest “Rip” Patton, Jr. will share his experiences as a participant in the May 24 Greyhound Freedom Ride which resulted in his imprisonment in Mississippi's Parchman State Penitentiary. Facing History is an educational partner for the PBS American Experience film. Educators register at www.facinghistory.org/denverevents.
Go to http://www.hispaniclegacy.org/conference_2011 for registration information. This will not be the usual "sit down all day and listen seminar.” Participants will not only learn from the presenters, but also from each other. Make connections with people researching similar family lines. Meet others who share an interest in Hispanic culture and heritage. Beginners and experienced genealogy researchers welcome. Come prepared to learn useful historical information and genealogy research techniques.
Learn about the rich military history of Denver's two oldest cemeteries, Fairmount and Riverside, going all the way back to the Civil War, including eight Medal of Honor recipients, the Spanish-American War, and Nisei. Bring an unopened toiletry item to be donated to the Denver Veteran's Hospital for veterans in need. Presented by Fairmount Heritage Foundation volunteers Garry & Joan O'Hara. www.fairmountheritagefoundation.org.