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A Lecture and Musical Performance in Celebration of Black History Month

February 12 @ 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

In celebration of Black History Month, join us for a two-part event with a presentation from Rev. Dr. Arnold Isidore Thomas, followed by a musical performance from Irwin Reese and Julia Bady. Hosted by the Business & Professional Women’s Group, Parish Life, and the Music Department. A light lunch will be provided.

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12:30 p.m. | Black Angels in America’s Whitest State: Black History in Vermont

In this lecture, Rev. Dr. Arnold Thomas will explore the contours of Black history and the hidden realities of slavery and bigotry in so-called slave-free and progressive-minded Vermont. Rev. Thomas is the pastor of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Jericho, Vermont, and previously served as the Minister of Education, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations at The Riverside Church. Rev. Thomas was the first African American denominational leader in Vermont, serving as the Conference Minister of the Vermont Conference of the UCC.

2:00 p.m. | Spiritual Journey

Directly following the lecture, Irwin Reese, tenor, and Julia Bady, piano, will present Spiritual Journey, a program of readings and songs in honor of Black History Month and Juneteenth, the name given to the newly declared Federal Holiday on June 19th, marking that date in 1865 when the news finally reached the slaves in Texas, informing them that they were free! Spiritual Journey invites the listener to share brutal experiences of some people who had been forced into slavery, as well as their joyous celebration of freedom. Featured music by Harry T. Burleigh, Jacqueline B. Hairston, Roland Hayes, Moses Hogan and Hall Johnson.


February 12
12:30 pm - 3:00 pm
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