What if You’re a North Fork Native and African-American, too? By Amei Wallach
OYSTERPONDS HISTORICAL SOCIETY
THE MUSEUM of ORIENT
and EAST MARION HISTORY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Karen Wallace (631) 323-2480
What if You’re a North Fork Native and African-American, too?
By Amei Wallach
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011 4:00 PM
PECONIC LANDING AUDITORIUM
1500 BRECKNOCK ROAD, GREENPORT
ADMISSION - FREE
The first African-Americans in Southold were slaves. Even freed life was difficult: In the early years of the 20th Century, the Klu Klux Klan reportedly was active in the area. What is life like now for African-Americans raised here?
To address that question as we celebrate Black History Month, the Oysterponds Historical Society of Orient and East Marion has asked the distinguished journalist and author Amei Wallach to moderate a conversation among three generations of an extended African-American family at 4 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the Community Center Auditorium at Peconic Landing in Greenport. Participating in the discussion will be Josephine Watkins-Johnson, a longtime member of the Greenport Board of Education; Val Shelby, a former trustee of Greenport Village; William Cosby, an emergency medical technician; and Sheena Walsh, a recent graduate of Boston College.
Ms. Wallach, who hopes to include the conversation in a planned oral history of a various aspects of North Fork life, has written for The New York Times, The Nation, Vanity Fair and the Smithsonian, among other publications. She was for many years an on-air essayist for the PBS’s Newshour and chief art critic at Newsday. Additionally, she co-directed an acclaimed film on the life and work of the legendary sculptor Louise Bourgeois.
Peconic Landing is located on the north side of Route 25 several hundred yards east of Main Street, Greenport. Admission to the event is free.
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