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American Founders: How People of African Descent Established Freedom in the New World

January 27, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

AMERICAN FOUNDERS reveals men and women of African descent as key protagonists in the story of American democracy. It chronicles how Black people developed and defended New World settlements, undermined slavery, and championed freedom throughout the Americas from the 16th through the 20th century. “American Founders” explores how Afro-Americans shaped every facet of American history; the multitude of events and mixed-race individuals included underscore the fact that black and white Americans share the same history, and in many cases, the same ancestry.  American Founders is meant to celebrate this shared heritage and strengthen these bonds.

Author Christina Proenza-Coles, holds a dual doctorate in sociology and history from the New School for Social Research. She has been a lifelong student of American culture and history while living and working in Miami, New York, Havana, and Charlottesville. From 2004 to 2011 she was an Assistant Professor of the Atlantic World/African Diaspora at Virginia State University.

This is a virtual talk presented on Zoom. Admission is $8, or free for members. To register as a non-member please visit Members do not need to register. A link for this program will be emailed to all Schenectady County Historical Society members the day of the virtual program.


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January 27, 2022
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm