Tahoe Talks at Incline Village Library: Racism in America
February is Black History Month, and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) has announced the theme of Black Migrations for 2019, focusing especially on the 20th century through today.
This theme, according to ASALH, recognizes the importance black migrations have played in American history spawning “a more diverse and stratified interracial and intra-racial urban population amid a changing social milieu, such as the rise of the Garvey movement in New York, Detroit, and New Orleans; the emergence of both black industrial workers and black entrepreneurs; the growing number and variety of urban churches and new religions; new music forms like ragtime, blues, and jazz; white backlash as in the Red Summer of 1919; the blossoming of visual and literary arts, as in New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and Paris in the 1910s and 1920s.”
In spite of and sometimes because of the many social, cultural, intellectual, artistic and occupational contributions African Americans have made to American history and society, they have faced centuries of racism that continues today.
How far have we come? Where are we now? What are the effects of racism to our way of life? And how do we move forward? These and many other questions can be considered and discussed at the Incline Village Library’s Tahoe Talks on Racism in America. The community discussion will be held in the library’s meeting room on Feb. 12, at 6:30 p.m.
The conversation will begin with comments from guest experts on the topic; including Dr. Christina Frederick (Sierra Nevada College psychology chair), Dr. Precious Hall (Truckee Meadows Community College professor of political science), and Andrew Barbano (first vice president of the Reno-Sparks NAACP).
Frederick teaches psychology courses ranging from the introductory level to courses with more specialized emphases such as cognitive/behavioral, neuroscience, sensation and perception, social psychology, developmental, and research methods.
Although her background is cognitive, her teaching and research experience has taken her far outside the cognitive domain. Christina’s research interests range from human memory, to human perception, to undergraduate plagiarism.
Hall has been at TMCC since 2012, but hails from Baltimore, Maryland having completed her undergraduate studies at High Point University in North Carolina and graduate studies at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
Her research centers on American politics, African American politics and political behavior. Through her lens of research she has investigated the presence of minority politicians in the post-Obama government and the rhetoric and style of campaigns used by African American politicians in the notion of a post-racial society.
Barbano is a 50-year Nevadan now in his third decade as a member of the Reno-Sparks NAACP. He currently serves as first vice president, political action chair and webmaster.
He is the editor of NevadaLabor.com, a longtime newspaper columnist and TV/radio host. He produces Nevada’s annual César Chávez Celebration. His commentaries have recently appeared in media as diverse as the Associated Press, the Maui News, The New York Times and the Guardian.