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Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom hosts exploration of slavery

Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom hosts exploration of slavery

Award-winning American broadcast journalist Victoria Gaither will bring a fresh perspective to slavery in America in Slavery in America: Past, Present and Politics, an interactive seminar to be held at Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom on Saturday 5 May.

Ms Gaither will share images, stories and documents of her own family’s history, together with insights into how and why slavery in America happened and the role it plays today.

This will be the second seminar in Horowhenua for Ms Gaither, who has previously spoken at Te Takeretanga o Kura-hau-pō. On that occasion, she explored how African American families like hers try to piece together a broken family history as a result of slavery, and focused on slavery in the states of Maryland and Virginia, and in the US capital, Washington DC.

Ms Gaither’s upcoming talk at Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom will draw on this material and add fresh content from her recent research. Since her last visit to Horowhenua, Ms Gaither has been to the home of Thomas Jefferson, an American president who owned slaves; visited the birthplace and museum of Harriet Tubman, who worked to free slaves; and learned more about her family history.

In addition, her seminar will discuss how the movie Black Panther ties into slavery, and ideas and perceptions of African Americans and other black people.

Slavery in America: Past, Present and Politics will be held from 11am to 12pm on Saturday 5 May at Te Awahou Nieuwe Stroom. The event is free and no bookings are needed.


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