2020 Lecture Series Schedule

Understanding Black History through Black Music

Saturday, February 8, 2020

Presented by Dr. William McDaniel, Professor Emeritus of Music and African American & African Studies, The Ohio State University

Black music has often served as a barometer of the times and lives of black people. This program, utilizing recorded music, explores various aspects and periods of black history by examining the music of each era. It ranges from the worksongs and spirituals of slavery through the rap of modern urban times.


Freedom's Friends: The Underground Railroad and Abolitionists in Oberlin, Ohio

Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 2:00pm

Presented by Amanda Manahan, Museum Education & Tour Coordinator, Oberlin Heritage Center

Prior to the Civil War, as many as 3,000 African Americans passed through or lived in Oberlin after escaping from slavery. The town was once said to be second only to Canada as an asylum for freedom seekers. The Oberlin Heritage Center will present an illustrated program about the historic decisions that shaped Oberlin's growth as a station and highlight the individuals and events that marked Oberlin as one of the most active stations of the Underground Railroad. Stories will include Oberlin College's acceptance of African American students, the famous ship Amistad and a former slave and student men who volunteered for John Brown's violent raid on Harper's Ferry, and local efforts to thwart slave catchers.

Freedom from Human Trafficking

Presented by Sasha Naiman, Attorney/Deputy Director, Ohio Justice & Policy Center

Does human trafficking happen here? How do survivors of trafficking find pathways to a life of empowerment, safety, health, and success? This presentation gives an overview of human trafficking and discusses what "freedom" looks like for survivors in Ohio. The audience will learn how human trafficking occurs, who is impacted, and why survivors can face barriers in the criminal justice system. Lastly, Naiman will discuss the long-term challenges caused by human trafficking, including mental trauma, addiction, and extensive criminal records for survivors.


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