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The Black Experience in the Adirondacks

Adirondack Experience, The Museum on Blue Mountain Lake is collaborating with the Adirondack Diversity Initiative (ADI) and the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) to present a series of powerful, online programs focusing on The Black Experience in the Adirondacks.

These evening programs require registration in advance to attend. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

All programs will begin at 7:00 pm EDT.

Previous Programs

A Matter of Faith: North Country Faith Leaders & Black Lives Matter

Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00 pm

Dr. Terry Lindsay, Reverend Katrina Hebb, and Reverend James T. Galasinski

An archived discussion – Dr. Terry Lindsay leads a conversation with Reverend Katrina Hebb and Reverend James T. Galasinski about why they and their congregations have felt compelled to take a position on the BLM movement.

Hunted: Race, Place, and State Terror in the Adirondacks

Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 pm

Dr. Eliza Jane Darling

An archived discussion – The Hamilton County Historian presents preliminary research into a 1932 event noting many similarities to police shootings of Black Americans in the present day.

Lack of Racial Diversity in American Wilderness Parks

Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00pm

Simone Gamble, Neil Patterson Jr., Jasmine Guadalupe, and Tom Mackey

An archived discussion – A panel bringing together four New York outdoor practitioners to talk about the racial inequity embedded in American wilderness policy, tourism, and recreation.

The History of Blackface in the Adirondacks

Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 pm

Amy Godine

An archived discussion – For a century and a half, white men “blacking up” and performing as blackface minstrels drew eager audiences to Adirondack halls and stages. Independent scholar Amy Godine tracks the long uneasy history of this unabashedly racialized performance.

Driving While Black, Part III

Thursday, August 13 at 6:00 pm

Nicole Hylton-Patterson, Dr. Lorenzo M. Boyd, and Dr. Donathan Brown

An archived discussion – ADI Executive Director Nicole Hylton-Patterson interviews Dr. Lorenzo M. Boyd about police-community relations, urban policing, and diversity issues in criminal justice systems.

Recreating in the Adirondacks

Thursday, August 6 at 6:00 pm

Aaron Mair and panelists

An archived discussion – Join us as our panelists discuss why they enjoy the Adirondack region, why it is important to have more representation of people of color enjoying the outdoor amenities the region has to offer, and why it is important to attract more people of color to the region.

Driving While Black, Part II

Thursday, July 30 at 6:00 pm

Clifton Harcum – ADI

An archived discussion – In this week’s installment of the Black Experience in the Adirondack, we continue to examine the phenomenon of “Driving While Black” to include a focus on the individual experiences of several local residents and their interactions with law enforcement in the Adirondacks and North Country. This interactive session will allow listeners to engage in dialogue with panelists and provide insight into the challenges faced by many Black people when interacting with law enforcement.

Driving While Black, Part I

Thursday, July 23 at 6:00 pm

Nicole Hylton-Patterson and Dr. Gretchen Sorin

An archived discussion – ADI Executive Director Nicole Hylton-Patterson will interview Dr. Gretchen Sorin about her new book, Driving While Black (2020). A feature-length documentary on this subject created by Dr. Sorin and Rick Burns will air on PBS later this year.

Who Are the Community Leaders Who Organized the Adirondack Diversity Initiative?

Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 pm

Kim Irland

An archived discussion – Moderator Kim Irland interviews the four founding members of the ADI on their motivations for creating the organization.

What is the Adirondack Diversity Initiative?

Thursday, July 2 at 6:00 pm

Dr. Donathan Brown and Nicole Hylton-Patterson

An archived discussion – What is the Adirondack Diversity Initiative?
Dr. Donathan Brown will interview ADI’s first Executive Director, Nicole Hylton-Patterson, about the organization’s mission and goals and how the killing of George Floyd has had an impact on ADI’s agenda.