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The Black Heritage Trail of NH Presents the 2019 Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talks; “That Which Divides, That Which Unites”

From The Beacon Staff

Presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire in partnership with the Portsmouth Public Library, “Tea Talks” will be held February 3 – March 10 from 2 – 4 pm. All events are free and open to the public unless where noted.
JerriAnne Boggis explained this year’s theme, “We chose this theme because it feels as if the country is once again fractured, divided along political, ideological, and racial lines. We wanted to explore the aspects that divide us and discuss ways in which we could bridge the divide.”
“Our Tea Talks allow us to discuss conflicts around topics such as access to wealth, public policy, education, gender, and religion. Through shared stories from our panelists and lively conversations from our audience, these programs not only allow us to revisit the past but present ideas on how we as a nation could move beyond these tensions. Our final Tea Talk will introduce three innovative ways to build bridges.”
“The mission of the Tea Talks,” said Boggis, “is to share stories, strengthen bonds, engage hearts and minds in order to create stronger, more inclusive communities.”
Winter Tea Talk Series. It is a time to reflect, to honor one another’s opinions, a place to learn and grow and in so doing move the needle a little closer to equality and justice for all.” All talks are from 2 – 4 pm. In case of inclement weather, a canceled talk will be rescheduled for, March 18 or March 25.

February 3 “Land, Wealth, and Policies of Marginalization”
South Church, Portsmouth, NH
Despite improvements in education, social mobility and many other critical arenas, large racial and ethnic disparities still exist in the U.S. This panel will explore how government policies and environmental issues disenfranchised the very groups they should equalize.
Presenters: Meghan Howey, Woullard Lett

February 10 “Black Women Magic”
New Hampshire Portsmouth Public Library, Levenson Room, 175 Parrot Avenue, Portsmouth, NH
Through shared stories and an exploration of the feminist movement, this panel will focus on some of New Hampshire’s most successful Black women and their journey to the powerful position they hold in white-centered environments.
Presenters: Melanie Levesque, Yvonne Goldsberry, Nadine Thompson. Moderator: Robin Hackett

February 17 “In the Beginning, There was the Word”
Portsmouth Public Library, Levenson Room, 175 Parrot Avenue, Portsmouth, NH
The relationship between religion and race in American is complex. This panel of theologians will explore the relationship between church, race, and state and the role the church could play in healing the soul of the nation.
Presenters: Rev. Robert Thompson, Rev. Gail Avery, Rev. Larry Brickner Wood (TBC) Moderator: Claudia Maturell

February 24
Permit Patty, BBQ Becky, & Coupon Carl Portsmouth Public Library, Levenson Room, 175 Parrot Avenue, Portsmouth, NH
Join us for an experiential talk to explore the role of implicit bias, a universal phenomenon, not limited by race, gender, or even country of origin, in our lives.. It is a major contributor to racism. Is there anything we can do about it? The answers may surprise you.
Presenters: Michele Holt-Shannon, Dottie Morrison

March 3 “Tell Me the Truth: Exploring the Heart of Cross-Racial Conversations”
Temple Israel, Portsmouth
Join Shay Stewart-Bouley (Black Girl in Maine) and author Debby Irving (author of Waking up White) as they talk about racisms impact on their lives and how the conversation has been instrumental in their own understanding of 21st-century racial dynamics.

March 10 “And Still We Rise”
Portsmouth Public Library, Levenson Room, 175 Parrot Avenue, Portsmouth, NH
Hear from one organization that is working to strengthen the cultural knowledge and identity of New England Native American youth and families; discover new state initiatives for economic growth through diversity and inclusion; and begin the dialogue around reparation for the injuries of enslavement and its aftermath
Presenters: Wildolfo Arvelo, Judy Dow, Brenda Lett, Moderator: Cait Vaughan

The Series is sponsored by New England Blacks in Philanthropy
For more info visit http://blackheritagetrailnh.org/programs/tea-talks/

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