Black History Beyond Bars: Community Readings and Conversation

 Marking Black History Month 2014, The Prison Public Memory Project and Staley B. Keith Social Justice Center are sponsoring community readings and conversation in partnership with the Hudson Area Library and Rev Coffeehouse. Members of the community are invited to hear, read (out loud) and join in discussing short historical texts about fascinating characters and events in the history of African-Americans in Hudson and beyond that have happened inside or against the backdrop of prisons.

Each evening, we’ll be reading and discussing short selections from books, poems, letters, and other documents from the 1800’s through the 1970’s on specific themes. Join us for one or more of these sessions featuring readings by and about such well-known figures in Black History as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Satchel Paige, Ruben “Hurricane” Carter, Ella Fitzgerald, Claude Brown, and the not-so-well-known figures who nevertheless profoundly shaped black history locally and beyond such as Dr. M.E. Ross, Shirley Wilder, the Honorable Jane Bolin, and Mary Hughes. Both readings are free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 26th, from 6 pm – 9 pm at the Hudson Area Library, 400 State St, Hudson, NY (518) 828-1792
6 pm to 7:30 pm:  Arts/Entertainment/Sports
7:30 pm to 9 pm:  Activism & Social Justice
Thursday, February 27th, from 6 pm to 9pm at REV Coffeehouse, 742 Warren St, Hudson, NY (518) 828-2210
6 pm to 7:30 pm:  Education and Writing in Prison
7:30 pm to 9 pm:  Child-Saving in Hudson and Beyond