The Black American Culture & Art Series: The Legacy of Toni Morrison project grew from a small plan to explore Black American social culture in honor of Black History Month 2020. With the August 2019 death of Nyack Library district resident and Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison, plans expanded to include a yearlong celebration using various program formats to attract and engage participants of all ages with the ultimate goal of highlighting the important and enduring role Dr. Morrison played in creating a literary platform to encounter the Black Experience in American life.
African American Memorabilia as Cultural Symbols
January 30, 2020 7pm
In the late 1800s and well into the 1900s, racist images were common on everyday items such as toys, salt-and-pepper shakers, advertisements, and household figurines. Join Dr. Lori L. Martin, Professor of African & African American Studies at Louisiana State University and Dr. Tracyann Williams, Director of Academic Affairs in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students at The New School for a panel discussion on the role of these symbols in American History.
Moderated by Bill Batson, Nyack Sketch Log
Memories of Toni Morrison
February 18, 2020 2 pm-6 pm
The Nyack Library and the Historical Society of the Nyacks will celebrate Nyack Library district resident and Nobel Laureate, Toni Morrison, by collecting oral histories from local residents
To share your story, you must register for a 20 minute slot by calling 845.358.3370 x214.
Toni Morrison Legacy: Affirmations Journal
February 18, 2020 4:30 pm
Workshop and Lecture with Michael Zwelling, Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site
June 13, 2019 7 pm-8 pm
One must understand their history before moving on to the future. Join Michael Zwelling, an Education Specialist from the Home of Franklin Delano Roosevelt National Historic Site who will engage participants in learning about the history of voting and the lasting importance of civic engagement.
The BACA Series is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by ArtsWestchester.