HOPEWELL — Finger Lakes Community College will host events for Black History Month, including a presentation by David Anderson, a Nazareth College history lecturer known for his portrayals of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. All are free and open to the public.
Adjunct history instructor David Hughes of Greece will speak on "1968: Race and American Sport" from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, in lecture hall 2775 on the second floor of the main campus at 3325 Marvin Sands Drive.
Hughes will explore the decision by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos to give a black power salute, raising gloved fists above their heads, during the medal ceremony in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
Anderson will present "An Afternoon with Frederick Douglass," from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, in the FLCC main campus auditorium.
Anderson, a senior fellow at the Underground Railroad History Project, is also chair of the Monroe County Freedom Trail Commission and the author of several works on African-American history. Anderson dresses and performs as abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass throughout the region.
“This event is scheduled for a day when many elementary and high school students in our area are on winter break. Dr. Anderson’s performance is a vivid and engaging way to present history, so we encourage parents and grandparents to bring children to see him,” said Robert Brown, FLCC professor of history and organizer of the main campus events.
Visitors to the FLCC main campus should arrive early to allow for parking. For questions, email Robert.Brown@flcc.edu or call the FLCC Community Affairs Office at 585-785-1623.
And there's more
In addition to the main campus events, Finger Lakes Community College will offer three showings of the 40-minute documentary "Mighty Times: The Children's March." The film tells the story of a march against segregation in Birmingham, Alabama, in May 1963 in which hundreds of participants were children, some as young as 6.
The film will be show at the Geneva Campus Center, 63 Pulteney St., in room 120. Showtimes are Thursday, Feb. 16, at 9:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 9 a.m.; and Tuesday, Feb. 28, at 6 p.m.
Open discussion will follow each showing.