Jim Crow, Blackface, and America's Enduring Legacy of Racism
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 7:00pm
Maas Center, Auditorium
264 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI 49423-3616
Keynote: Dr. David Pilgrim, Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion at Ferris State University and Curator of the Jim Crow Memorabilia Museum
Panel Discussion: Dr. Fred Johnson, Dr. Heidi Kraus, Dr. Sonja Trent-Brown
Jim Crow represents a racist system used to exploit, dehumanize and oppress African Americans. Blackface and stereotypical caricatures of African Americans date to the 18th century and have surfaced in college yearbooks across the country. Hope College is not immune from offensive images and racist attitudes appearing in our history. This event will explore the systems and conditions that have allowed for such a long and pervasive history of racism in America; the psychological and pathological impact on our communities; and strategies to recognize and challenge racist attitudes and behaviors.
Sponsored by: President's Office, Van Wylen Library, and Center for Diversity and Inclusion