Interview with the Executive Director of the Mary & Elizabeth Freeman Center in Bridgeport and Board Chair Bernicestine McLeod Bailey.
Monday, February 21 at 12:00 PM
Kevin’s guest is Leah Penniman, a Farmer and Co -Director and Program Manager of Soul Fire farm in upstate New York, and author of the new book “Farming While Black.” It’s a comprehensive “how-to” guide that is specifically aimed at African-heritage growers seeking healthy food independence and reclaiming their place in American Agriculture. Karen Washington, the founder of the Garden of Happiness in the Bronx and the national organization of Black Urban Growers, says, “‘Farming while Black’ encourages us to reach for the greatest and settle for nothing less. Know your history. Share and tell our stories. Pay respect and honor our elders. Pass on the gift of knowledge and fortitude to our youth. Find strength in family and community, but above all love one another, love the Earth, and be true to one’s self.”
Monday, February 21 at 5:00 PM.
1) Lawrence B. Wilkerson, Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Government & Public Policy at the College of William and Mary, a retired US Army Colonel and former chief of staff to U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powel. Prof. Wilkerson discusses the current crisis in Ukraine, the danger of war, the role of the NATO military alliance in the post-Soviet era — and how civil society can work to avert the escalation of a new, dangerous and costly cold war.
2) David Hoffman, Associate Professor of Sociology at Canada’s University of New Brunswick, talks about the Canadian “Freedom Convoy,” the public/government response, concerns about extremist groups that were part of the protest — and the role U.S. politicians and American extremist organizations played in funding and organizing the action in Ottawa and blockade of the Ambassador Bridge.
3) Greg Guma, a writer, editor, historian, and former CEO of Pacifica Radio, talks about his new book, “Restless Spirits and Popular Movements — A Vermont History,” a political and social profile of Vermont that takes readers on a fascinating journey from the pre-revolutionary years, to the transforming activism of the 1960s, through VT Senator Bernie Sanders’ two campaigns for the presidency.
4) Long time Bridgeport, CT resident Warren Cooper reflects on the many changes in the state’s largest city over the past 50 years, with a focus on Bridgeport’s many challenges related to poverty, education, crime and opportunities for young people coming of age in the 21st century.
Monday, February 21, 8 pm and archived.
Dr. Patricia Sullivan, professor of history and Afro-American Studies at the University of South Carolina, speaks about her book “Lift Every Voice: The NAACP and the Making of the Civil Rights Movement”. The book was published in 2009 by The New Press on the 100th anniversary of the founding of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Also, we hear East Hampton architect Bill Chaleff reading Langston Hughes’ poem ‘Freedom’s Plow’ from 1943.
Tuesday, February 22 at 6:00 PM and archived.