National Underground Railroad Freedom Center virtual events for Black History Month

Updated: Feb. 1, 2021 at 10:11 AM EST
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The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center is celebrating Black History Month by hosting and partnering on a series of virtual discussions to enlighten guests on the Black experience in America. The online programming is supplemented by online resources and is presented free of charge. **Let's Talk: You Have the Right to Remain Silent** February 6 on Freedom Center YouTube page Chris Miller, senior director of education and community engagement for the Freedom Center, sits down with acclaimed composer Anthony Davis and accomplished clarinetist Anthony McGill to discuss the musical piece "You Have the Right to Remain Silent." The moving piece derives its inspiration from the Miranda Rights as McGill is interrogated by the orchestra while the orchestra utters "you have the right to remain silent." **The Reemergence of Protests and Marches in America** February 8, Noon A panel discusses what we need to do as a nation in order to make America just and fair and how we should articulate those demands. Presented in partnership with Miami University, panelists include Chris Miller; Dr. Anthony James, interim vice president of institutional diversity at Miami University; and Earl Levison of 100 Black Men of America. Presented via Zoom. **The Bonds of Family and Legacy** February 11, 6 p.m. Presented in partnership with the African American Program of the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh, The Bonds of Family and Legacy touches on 2021's Black History Month theme of "The Black Family: Representation, Identity and Diversity." Panelists include Christin Haynes, founder of Black Family Scholar; Dr. Jessica Harris, award-winning journalist and African Diaspora foodways expert; and Dr. Eric Jackson, professor of history and director of Black World Studies at Northern Kentucky University. Presented live via Zoom. The Black Family and Generational Health February 20, 11 a.m. The Black family has been traumatized for generations, from enslavement to modern day incidents of police violence. In this online panel discussion, youth find a space to explore how racial trauma affects the Black family unit, bleeding across generations. Led by Dr. Dwonna Thompson, a licensed therapist, youth have the opportunity to ask questions and learn how to heal and cope through traumatic experiences and extreme social circumstances like the COVID-19 pandemic and social injustice. Dr. Thompson holds degrees in psychology and counseling psychology and is currently a doctor of psychology at Adler University. Presented live via Zoom.