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THE RHODE ISLAND COUNCIL FOR THE HUMANITIES –

ON THE ROAD TO FREEDOM: AFRICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE IN RHODE ISLAND

A new program initiative 2008

PROJECT VISION: Reintegrating Our Histories

On the Road to Freedom will explore our collective memories to highlight the many accomplishments and contributions made by individuals and organizations of African American descent in Rhode Island. These stories include the history of the slave trade and emancipation; pacifism and military heroism; pioneering artists and the creation of nationally recognized cultural and educational institutions; the realization of the American Dream as well as the legacy of racism and oppression.

PROJECT STRATEGIES: Council Investments

The Rhode Island Council for the Humanities initiative On the Road to Freedom will serve all Rhode Islanders in the following ways –
* Special Grants Initiative – the Council will offer financial support to organizations and individual researchers involved in the collection, preservation, and interpretation of RI’s African American heritage through a special grants initiative launching September 2008.
* Council Conducted Programs – the Council’s existing programs will focus on Rhode Island African American history and culture, including EnRICHment Opportunities Speaker’s Bureau, Justice Talks and Action Speaks
* Partnerships – the Council will work collaboratively with statewide partners to plan public events and exhibitions highlighting African American contributions to Rhode Island’s cultural heritage

Risa Gilpin, Program Director, will use this blog to share her journeys of discovery while researching material for this new initiative. Bibliographies of books discovered, films viewed, websites explored, people encountered along the way will be included. Thanks for visiting…

CONTACT: Risa Gilpin, Program Director, risa@rihumanities.org for additional information/questions

1 Comment

  1. Annie Valk said,

    The Freedom Festival has truly offered an amazing array of informative, inspirational, educational, and high quality arts, humanities and cultural programs. I want to congratulate RICH for all of its work on this project.

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