Tonight I’ll be a guest on The Gist of Freedom, a web radio show with a focus on African American history founded by Lesley Gist. Tune in or call in if you’d like to join the conversation.
Yesterday at the African Burial Ground National Monument we had a fantastic conversation with Ranger Cyrus Forman about Catherine Ferguson, a formerly enslaved woman who founded the first Sunday School in NYC and adopted more than 40 orphans, black and white, to save them from the streets; she also knew from experience the challenges faced by unwed mothers and so worked to save them from scorn. Ferguson lived just a few blocks from where I teach (Warren Street), and I can’t wait for my students to find out about NY’s rich history when we visit the AFBG as a class this week.
Tomorrow I meet with the PR department at my college; there’s a banner on the BMCC website announcing the launch of Ship of Souls at the AFBG next Saturday. I’m ordering the cake today—stop by and have a slice!