June 13, 2024



A Decade of Discovery: Honoring African American Connecticut Explored’s 10th Anniversary

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As the vibrant tapestry of African American history in Connecticut unfolds, there is no better occasion to commemorate a decade of exploration, insight, and education than the 10th-anniversary celebration of “African American Connecticut Explored.” This groundbreaking book, awarded the Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit in 2014, has not only left an indelible mark on the literary landscape but has become a cherished resource in schools and museums across the state.

The anniversary celebration promises an enriching experience for attendees as it brings together a panel of distinguished scholars and the book’s editors, Elizabeth Normen and Frank Mitchell. This esteemed group will delve into the multifaceted history of African-descended people in Connecticut, offering a nuanced perspective on their contributions, struggles, and triumphs.

The highlight of the event is a compelling panel discussion that will explore the various dimensions of African American history in Connecticut. Elizabeth Normen and Frank Mitchell, the editors of the groundbreaking book, will lead the conversation alongside other esteemed scholars. The panel will provide a platform to delve into the rich tapestry of narratives, shedding light on lesser-known aspects of the African American experience in the state.

“African American Connecticut Explored” has garnered well-deserved recognition over the years. Its receipt of the Connecticut League of History Organizations Award of Merit in 2014 underscored its significance in the realm of historical literature. Currently featured in the Connecticut Museum of Culture and History’s “Connecticut’s Bookshelf” exhibit, the book continues to captivate audiences and serves as a cornerstone for understanding the state’s diverse history.

One of the book’s greatest achievements lies in its integration into educational curricula throughout Connecticut. Used in schools statewide, it has become an invaluable resource for educators seeking to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of African American history. The 10th-anniversary celebration not only marks a decade of the book’s influence but also acknowledges its ongoing impact in shaping the minds of future generations.

The anniversary celebration is open to the public, emphasizing the commitment to making this knowledge accessible to all. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the panelists, ask questions, and contribute to the collective exploration of Connecticut’s African American history. The event serves as a beacon of inclusivity, inviting individuals from all walks of life to join in the celebration.

Monday, Feb. 26, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Kelley Center Presentation Room on campus. 

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