March 13 Program Explores Black Experiences in White Spaces

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Date(s) - 03/13/2022
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm



Shades of Black: Connected by Color, Culture and Community, is the sixth and final event of the 2022 Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire’s Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talk Series Courageous Conversations:  Leaning in for Change.  Please join the conversation on Sunday, March 13th from 2:00 – 3:30 pm, at the Portsmouth Public Library, or online.  This is a free virtual and in-person discussion; reservations are required.

For Black people living in largely white environments, the negative effects of racism and the strain of constantly explaining these effects to others can often lead to exhaustion and frequent stress.  Often it is a burden to serve as  representatives of the wider Black community instead of being seen as unique individuals with their own stories and needs.

This week’s group of panelists came to NH from different parts of the country and the world.  They will share their own stories and life experiences with what it means to be Black in New Hampshire.  Deo Mwano a social impact innovator for schools, businesses and non-profits of Deo Mwano Consultancy;  Selina Choate,  Vice President of the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire Board of Directors and the Associate Director for the McNair Scholarship Program at the University of New Hampshire; and Dottie Morris, Associate Vice President for Institutional Diversity and Equity at Keene State College each bring their unique experiences to the conversation.  The session will be moderated by Nadine Petty Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Vice President for Community, Equity, and Diversity at the University of New Hampshire.

The Winter Tea Talks are a series of participatory panel presentations and discussions related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture that create a safe space for meaningful interchanges grounded in history and lived experience between different segments of the BIPOC community.  The 2022 series explores current issues that continue to create tension in the community.  Through this and other programs, The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire promotes awareness and appreciation of African American history and life in order to build more inclusive communities today.  We work to visibly honor and share a truer, more inclusive history through exhibits, educational programs, curriculum development and tours that can change the way our country understands human dignity when it is free of historical stereotypes.

All programs are free and open to the public thanks to support from New Hampshire Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities (learn more at, and the Exeter Hospital.  For more information on this program and the others in the series, or to register for any of the programs, go to, call (603) 570-8469, or send an email to

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