In late August 1619, twenty enslaved Africans were delivered to the colony of Virginia. The trade of “20 and odd” enslaved Africans marked a major turning point in American slavery. In August 2019, The New York Times launched a major journalistic and programmatic initiative called The 1619 Project . This multi-pronged and far-reaching examination of the four-century legacy of slavery will serve as the springboard for a series of lunchtime community conversations presented as a collaboration between Charter Oak Cultural Center, The Thomas J. Dodd Research Center, ExecMommyGroup LLC, United State of Women, UCONN Hartford, The Mark Twain House & Museum, Harriet Beecher Stowe Center, Africana Studies at UCONN, and The Amistad Center for Art & Culture. Sponsored in part by CT Humanities.
The first 1619 Project lunchtime community conversation will be held at noon on Wednesday, November 20th at Charter Oak Cultural Center (21 Charter Oak Avenue in downtown Hartford). The conversation facilitators will be UConn Professor Joelle Murchison of ExecMommyGroup, LLC and Goodwin College Professor Brittney Yancy of United State of Women. This event is free and open to all. Guests are encouraged to bring a lunch and join the conversation. Future dates and event locations will be announced shortly.
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About The 1619 Project
The New York Times states, “Four hundred years ago, on August 20, 1619, a ship carrying about 20 enslaved Africans arrived in Point Comfort, a coastal port in the British colony of Virginia. Though America did not even exist yet, their arrival marked its foundation, the beginning of the system of slavery on which the country was built. In August, The New York Times Magazine will observe this anniversary with a special project that examines the many ways the legacy of slavery continues to shape and define life in the United States.” The series consists of essays by prominent African Americans, scholarly articles, podcasts, and interactive elements that beg for further consideration and discussion.
November 20th Lunchtime Community Conversation Facilitators
About Professor Joelle Murchison
Accomplished executive, university administrator, diversity and inclusion champion and mother of four, Joelle Amy Murchison effectively balances career, family and an active community and volunteer schedule.
A graduate of Brown University, Harvard Graduate School of Education and Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications, Joelle combines her passion and interests in education, equity and inclusion, policy and communications in her work as the Founder and Principal of ExecMommyGroup LLC, an inclusion, communication, leadership and coaching consulting practice.
A native of Queens, and raised in Long Island, NY, Joelle takes her professional and leadership queues from her mother, a trailblazer in her own right, who was the first African American woman manager in the Social Security Administration in the 1970s. Joelle began her career in higher education at Wesleyan University followed by a stint in the non-profit sector with INROADS, before transitioning to corporate America with United Technologies and then as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at Travelers Insurance. Joelle returned to higher education in 2016 as the inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at the University of Connecticut. She is currently an adjunct faculty member at the University of Connecticut School of Business.
About Professor Brittney Yancy
Brittney Yancy is an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Special Collections Curriculum Coordinator at Goodwin College. Professor Yancy’s research focuses on 20 th century social movements, urban radicalism, critical race theory, women’s activism, and black women’s political and intellectual history. Her publications include a book chapter in Latino America: State-By-State (Greenwood Press, 2008), entries in the Encyclopedia for African American History (Oxford University Press, 2009) and entries in The World of Jim Crow Encyclopedia (Greenwood Press, 2019). In addition, she has published a book review of Forging Freedoms: Black and The Pursuit of Liberty in Antebellum Charleston by Amita Myers in the Southern Historian Journal(2013). Her research has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Harvard University’s Schlesinger Library Grant, Andrew W. Mellow Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and National Council of Black Studies. Her honors include being selected as one of the 2017 100 Women of Color in Hartford, UCONN Women of Color Award, and a host of awards from the National Council of Black Studies and the University of Connecticut. She belongs to several professional organizations, including National Council of Black Studies and the Association for the Study of African American History and Culture.
Professor Yancy is an intersectional scholar-activist and committed to fighting for a gender inclusive movement for racial justice. In 2018, she was appointed the Greater Hartford Ambassador to the United State of Women, and currently working across the state of Connecticut for full gender equality. Her civic organizations include Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., where she is entering 17 years of service. Professor Yancy holds a B.A. in History from Hampton University, and her M.A. degree in History is from the University of Connecticut. This fall, Professor Yancy will complete her doctoral degree in 20 th century US History from the University of Connecticut.