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Identity: A Black History Webinar Series


Join us this spring for Identity: A Black History Webinar Series, sponsored by the ISU Department of History and the ISU Cultural Events Committee! Open to everyone! Just click to register! 

Dr. Alaina Roberts, Black Slaves & Indian Masters: A History of Indian Territory
Thursday, February 4 at 3:00pm
In this talk, Dr. Roberts will discuss the history of Black slave-owning among the Five Tribes (the Chickasaw, Choctaw, Cherokee, Creek, and Seminole Nations). She will then leave her listeners with a set of questions that encourages them to come to terms with this history and the anti-Black racism that endures in Indian Country and across North America.

Dr. Tyler Parry, Jumping the Broom: The Surprising Multicultural Origins of a Black Wedding Ritual
Thursday, February 25 at 3:00pm
Though often tied to one or two ethnic groups, the matrimonial act of "jumping the broom" holds a much more complex, interconnected history that links the cultures of peoples of African and European descent throughout the Atlantic world. Providing the first comprehensive history of the "broomstick wedding," Tyler D. Parry explains how this ritual emerged from the most rural and isolated regions of Britain and the United States to becoming one of the most influential and recognizable folk rituals in modern history.

Ms. Tarienne Mitchell, Through Their Eyes: History of The LDS Church through the Black Experience
Thursday, March 11 at 3:00pm
Ms. Mitchell is the Audio Visual Archivist at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church History Library, and is the subject matter expert for Black Church history. She will be speaking about the Black experience in the Church through telling the stories of Black pioneers' (early members) stories.

Dr. Ava Purkiss, The Quest for “Fitness:” Black Women’s Exercise and Public Health in the Early Twentieth Century
Thursday, March 25 at 3:00pm
This talk will examine how black women augmented their public health campaigns by integrating physical exercise into their health activism in the early twentieth century. It will explore how African American women used exercise not only to achieve physical fitness goals, but to make larger claims to racial fitness and fitness for citizenship. The talk will speak to how ideas of “fitness” spanned the physical, moral, and civic realms for black women in the twentieth century and beyond.


Poster for the 2021 Speaker Series