Austin History Center – African American Community Archives Presents 2019 Black History Forum
(Austin, TX) The Austin History Center – African American Community Archives division will host its first Black History Forum and community discussion, Post Gentrification: Continuing the African American Narrative in Austin through Documentation, Community-Legacy Building, and Social Justice, on Thursday, February 7, at 6:30 p.m. in the Holt Gallery.
Post Gentrification: Continuing the African American Narrative in Austin through Documentation, Community-Legacy Building, and Social Justice will be a moderated discussion about how the Black community in Austin, Texas can continue to move forward and tell the true narrative about African American history in the state capital’s and the Black community’s future.
The community panel will address the role of Black history in engaging the public with the scope and complexity of African American history from the past and present in Austin, Texas. In like manner, they will offer suggestions and ways to be an advocate for change in the African American Community. The forum will be moderated by kYmberly Keeton, African American Community Archivist & Librarian. Scheduled panelists are:
- Stephanie Lang, Writer, Community Curator and Program Administrator
- Kahron Spearman, Journalist, Documentarian
- Bavu Blakes, Scholar Emcee
- Volma Overton III, Organization President
- Danielle McGhee, University Library Director & Archivist
The African American Black History Forum is sponsored by the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, NAACP-Austin, and the Bleu Lotus Project.
The Austin History Center is located at 810 Guadalupe St, Austin, Texas 78701. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be served at the beginning of the forum. Seating is limited; we urge community members to arrive early. Metered parking is available on the south side of our building in the lot that we share with the John Henry Faulk building. There is also ample street parking in the area. Current meter rates are $1 per hour payable by MasterCard, Visa, debit cards or coins.
Members of the media planning to cover the event, reach out to the African American Community Archivist for your immediate needs before 1 p.m. Friday, January 28, 2019.
Contact: kYmberly Keeton, M.L.S.
African American Community Archivist & Librarian
Austin History Center | Austin Public Library
firstname.lastname@example.org | (512) 387-0167
The Austin History Center’s mission is to procure, preserve, present and provide the historical records that make up Austin’s unique story. The Austin History Center’s African American Community Archivist actively seeks out archival materials from the African American community in Austin and Travis County through outreach efforts and programming. The Community Archivist also gives presentations, conducts oral history interviews, coordinates programs and events, provides reference service to the public and acts as a subject specialist in the history of Austin’s African American community. Visit the African American Community Archivists section on the Austin History Center website here:: https://library.austintexas.gov/ahc/african-american-community-archivist.