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 a 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.


Tuesday, November 10 at 7:00 pm

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

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

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. ( Link to program coming soon)

Tuesday, October 27 at 7:00 pm

Dr. Eliza Jane Darling

The Adirondack Black Experience – Hunted: Race, Place, and State Terror in the Adirondacks

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

Tuesday, October 13 at 7:00pm

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

Lack of Racial Diversity in American Wilderness Parks

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.

Thursday, August 20 at 6:00 pm

Amy Godine

The History of Blackface in the Adirondacks

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.

Thursday, August 13 at 6:00 pm

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

Driving While Black, Part III

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.

Thursday, August 6 at 6:00 pm

Aaron Mair and panelists

Recreating in the Adirondacks

An archived discussion. Join us as our panelist 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.

Thursday, July 30 at 6:00 pm

Clifton Harcum – ADI

Driving While Black, PART II

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.

Thursday, July 23 at 6:00 pm

Nicole Hylton-Patterson and Dr. Gretchen Sorin

Driving While Black, PART I

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.


Thursday, July 9 at 6:00 pm

Kim Irland

The Black Experience in the Adirondacks – Who Are the Community Leaders Who Organized the Adirondack Diversity Initiative

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

Thursday, July 2 at 6:00 pm

Dr. Donathan Brown and Nicole Hylton-Patterson

What is the Adirondack Diversity Initiative?

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.