Black Joy & Black Excellence: Transformative Black Communities

with Rosalie Uyola
Monday, October 12, 2020
3 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Live closed captioning will be provided.

This presentation explores two histories that complicate and enrich our understanding of the Black experience in America. Our case studies include Martha’s Vinyard’s Oak Bluffs, a cultural center of the Black Arts Movement, and Tulsa’s Black Wall Street, which was in the early 19th century a thriving and sophisticated African American community with some of the best public schools in the country.

Academy for Teachers Fellow Rosie Jayde Uyola is a K-12 teacher, independent scholar with a PhD in American Studies from Rutgers University, documentary filmmaker, and a researcher of memory, commemoration, and Black Life and Culture. They also develop open-access digital humanities projects for K-12 education in NYC. Rosie’s publications include “Memory and the Long Civil Rights Movement” in The Seedtime, the Work, and the Harvest: New Perspectives on the Black Freedom Struggle in America, “The Digital City: Memory, History, and Public Commemoration” in Ácoma International Journal of North-American Studies, Italia, “Home Sweet Home – Race, Housing, and the Foreclosure Crisis” in The War on Poverty: A Retrospective, “Race, Empire, and the Rise of the Mortgage Industrial Complex,” The Newark Experience Digital Archive, and “Women in the Black Freedom Movement” in School Series Production of Harriet Tubman, New Jersey Performing Arts Center. They were an NEH Fellow at the W.E.B. Du Bois Institute.

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