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Providence Black History Walking Tour

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Providence Black History Walking Tour
Join us for a walking tour in Providence, led by Marco McWilliams! Please wear comfortable shoes as we will ascend and descend a few steep city blocks. Should this be challenging for anyone, we can adjust the route. For further info, here is Marco's website: https://www.blackstudysyllabus.com/
Convening at the site of the historic Olney Street Baptist Church this noted tour begins with Black institution-building as a configuration of resistance. Continuing through the gentrified crossroads of Providence's East Side the tour will explore the ways in which institutionalized legal, economic, and social power sought to circumscribe the lives of Black Rhode Islanders. A central theme of the tour is a discussion about formations of organized challenges to white settler supremacy in Rhode Island's history. Marco is a Black Studies scholar, DEI and education consultant, and community-based organizer/educator. He is a published writer with nearly two decades of engaged scholarship work in convening diverse learning communities. McWilliams was the founding instructor of the influential Black Studies program at DARE (Direct Action for Rights and Equality) where his teaching focused on using the Black Radical Tradition as a point of departure to design strategies for social change. McWilliams has taught, lectured, and workshopped at colleges and universities across the nation such as Brown University, Morehouse College, ArtCenter College of Design, Princeton University, Rhode Island School of Design, and more. Additionally, he works with middle/high school students, educators, and families as primary stakeholders in progressive education transformation agendas. He was a program coordinator and educator at Brown University's Swearer Center where he was honored to be the inaugural 2017 Junior Fellow and Practitioner-in-Residence. In 2020 he accepted a Providence mayoral appointment to the Special Committee for the Review of Commemorative Works. McWilliams has a BA in Africana Studies from Rhode Island College and is a grad student alum of Brown University's Department of American Studies.
There is a cost of $10 per person that can be paid via check to the office or on the day of the walking tour. If you wish to attend but are not able to pay, please reach out directly to Caroline at caroline.gangji@villagecommonri.org and she will assist you.

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Registration is required!
Please click the "Register Now" button located at the top of this page. You will receive an email with the address early on the morning of October 18. Should you need assistance registering, please call 401-441-5240, and a service coordinator will lend a hand.
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When:
Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 2:30 PM until 4:00 PM
Where:
Olney Street Baptist Church
There is ample parking in the area, and in the church parking lot.
100 Olney Street
Providence, RI  02906
Additional Info:
Event Contact(s):
Caroline Gangji
Executive Director
Category:
In-Person Social
Registration is required
Payment In Full In Advance Only
Registration is required. There is a cost of $10 per person that can be paid via check to the office or on the day of the walking tour. If you wish to attend but are not able to pay, please reach out directly to Caroline at caroline.gangji@villagecommonri.org and she will assist you.
No Fee