New Voices in Slavery + Freedom Studies: In-Person Book Reception with Yesenia Barragan – Mar. 28, 2022

March 28, 2022 at 4:00-5:30 pm

Location: Hageman Hall
New Brunswick Theological Seminary
35 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ

To register for this in-person event, please fill out the form below.

Join the Slavery + Freedom Studies Working Group to celebrate Dr. Yesenia Barragan’s new book, Freedom’s Captives: Slavery and Gradual Emancipation on the Colombian Black Pacific (Cambridge University Press, 2021). This reception will feature brief remarks from Dr. Camilla Townsend on the contributions of Freedom’s Captives. In addition to recognizing this new publication, we look forward to this event as an opportunity to gather together and socialize among our interdisciplinary group of scholars and graduate students in the working group and beyond.

Hosted by the Slavery + Freedom Studies Working Group at the Scarlet and Black Research Center, sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice.

Video: Livingston – A Governor, a College, and the Long Echoes of Slavery at Rutgers – Jan. 18, 2022

January 18, 2022 at 6:00-7:00PM EST

A new historical marker on Rutgers–New Brunswick’s Livingston campus explains its namesake William Livingston’s deep involvement in slavery and his halting efforts to abolish slavery as New Jersey’s first governor.

In this virtual presentation, Robert Snyder LC’77, a professor emeritus of journalism and American studies at Rutgers–Newark, will talk with Jesse Bayker SGS’19, digital archivist for the Scarlet and Black Project at Rutgers–New Brunswick, who will discuss Livingston’s life.

Brooke A. Thomas, an African American history doctoral candidate at Rutgers–New Brunswick, will share the importance of Livingston College to Rutgers, why it was created, and how activism was one of its important contributions to Rutgers. Thomas is also a co-author of the chapter “We the People: Student Activism at Rutgers and Livingston College, 1960–1985” in Scarlet and Black, Volume 3.

Livingston College graduates Snyder and Debra O’Neal LC’87 will share their experiences of educational innovation and campus activism from the mid-1970s to the mid-1980s. The discussion will end with a question-and-answer forum.

This event is sponsored by the Rutgers University Alumni Association, the Livingston Alumni Association, and the Rutgers Alumni Association.

Video: The Scarlet and Black Project with Deborah Gray White and Michelle Stephens

Dr. Michelle Stephens, Executive Director of the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice, sat down with Dr. Deborah Gray White, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of History, to talk about the research, legacy, and future of the Scarlet and Black Project.

This webinar took place on October 8, 2021, and was sponsored by the Rutgers University Alumni Association.

Watch the webinar recording:

New Voices in Slavery + Freedom Studies: In-Person Book Talk with Vanessa Holden – Nov. 11, 2021

The Slavery + Freedom Studies Working Group at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice presents

New Voices in Slavery + Freedom Studies

Thursday, November 11, 4-5:30pm

An in-person book talk with Dr. Vanessa M. Holden (University of Kentucky, RU PhD ’12) on her book Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner’s Community.

Location: Hageman Hall
New Brunswick Theological Seminary
35 Seminary Place, New Brunswick, NJ

Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice. Co-sponsored by The History Department and the Institute for Research on Women

Yesenia Barragan (History), Nathan Jérémie-Brink (NBTS), and Adam McNeil (History)

Video: Scarlet and Black Contributors Share Experience Studying Slavery at Emory Symposium

On September 30, 2021, Scarlet and Black contributors shared their experience studying slavery at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, as part of the 3-day symposium called In the Wake of Slavery and Dispossession: Emory, Racism, and the Journey towards Restorative Justice. This symposium highlighted the ongoing efforts and research in the areas of slavery, dispossession, and restorative justice, with a focus on the legacy of racism and its enduring effects at Emory University. The sessions included creative interpretations and dialogue, with a primary focus on the perspectives of Black, Native American, and Indigenous peoples.

You can learn more about the symposium and view videos from all sessions on the symposium website.

Watch the session recording:

Panel Discussion: Rutgers Experience in Studying Slavery and the Development of the Scarlet and Black Project 

Presenters:

  • Jesse Bayker, Research Project Manager and Digital Archivist for the Scarlet and Black Project (moderator), Rutgers University–New Brunswick
  • Miya Carey, Assistant Professor of History, Binghamton University
  • Beatrice Adams, Assistant Professor of African American History, College of Wooster
  • Tracey Johnson, Scarlet and Black Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers University–New Brunswick

New Voices in Slavery + Freedom Studies: Virtual Book Talk with Jessica Marie Johnson – Sep. 23, 2021

The Slavery + Freedom Studies Working Group at the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice presents

New Voices in Slavery + Freedom Studies

Thursday, September 23, 12:00-1:30pm EST

Virtual book talk with Dr. Jessica Marie Johnson (History Department, Johns Hopkins University) on Wicked Flesh: Black Women, Intimacy, and Freedom in the Atlantic World.

Winner of the 2020 Kemper and Leila Williams Prize and Finalist for the 2021 Frederick Douglass Book Prize, Wicked Flesh draws upon archival documents scattered in institutions across three continents, written in multiple languages and largely from the perspective of colonial officials and slave-owning men, to recreate black women’s experiences from coastal Senegal to French Saint-Domingue to Spanish Cuba to the swampy outposts of the Gulf Coast. 

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Sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Global Racial Justice and co-sponsored by the History Department, Africana Studies Department, French Department, Department of Latino and Caribbean Studies, Black Latinx Americas xLab, and the Institute for Research on Women.

For more information, contact Yesenia.Barragan@rutgers.edu

Videos from the Scarlet and Black Virtual Symposium

The Scarlet and Black Project celebrated the release of our newest books from Rutgers University Press with a 2-day virtual symposium on April 29-30, 2021. Thank you to all of our speakers and attendees for participating in our celebration and making it a success!

All symposium sessions and President Jonathan Holloway’s keynote address were recorded and are now available on our website. View the videos here.

Join the Scarlet and Black Project for our virtual symposium – Apr. 29-30, 2021

April 29-30, 2021

featuring a keynote address by President Jonathan Holloway

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Join the Scarlet and Black Project to celebrate the release of our newest books from Rutgers University Press. Our 3-volume book series examines the history of race at Rutgers from slavery to Black Lives Matter.

Our virtual symposium will include panels and presentations that discuss the scholarship, public history, and community engagement aspects of our project. Speakers include project co-directors Deborah Gray White and Marisa Fuentes as well as doctoral researchers, community partners, and distinguished Rutgers alumni.

View the complete symposium program and register today!

Video: Exploring Black History in New Jersey webinar

The New Jersey Historical Commission is pleased to present Exploring Black History in New Jersey: New Research and Discoveries, a webinar exploring projects that uncover and share African American history in the Garden State.

This virtual event took place on Tuesday, February 23, 2021, and featured speakers from the Scarlet and Black Project, the 313 Project, and Monmouth County Historical Association discussing their work. Attendees learned about the latest research, historical stories, and ways to access and support Black history in New Jersey.

Watch the webinar recording:

Featured speakers in order of appearance:

  • Reverend Doctor Wanda Lundy, Siloam Hope First Presbyterian Church and the 313 Project
  • Joe Zemla, Associate Curator, Monmouth County Historical Association
  • Dr. Alexandria Russell, Rutgers University Scarlet & Black Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Dr. Jesse Bayker, Digital Archivist, Scarlet & Black Project

Resources from the webinar:

Alice Jennings Archibald mural unveiled in New Brunswick

The local arts organization coLAB Arts has created a mural series in Alice Jennings Archibald Park in New Brunswick. The work celebrates the legacy of Mrs. Archibald in relation to the students of McKinley Community School. The mural draws inspiration from Mrs. Archibald’s motto: “It is better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” Designed by local artist RH Doaz, the mural aims to convey Mrs. Archibald’s values: educational rigor, community service, and social justice.

The Scarlet and Black Project provided research support for the mural series through our archival digitization project in collaboration with the Mount Zion AME Church of New Brunswick. We invite you to explore the new digital collection Alice Jennings Archibald History Library Records (Mount Zion AME Church of New Brunswick) to learn more about Mrs. Archibald’s life.

Alice Jennings Archibald mural unveiling flyer coLAB Arts

On January 29, 2021, coLAB Arts and the City of New Brunswick held a virtual unveiling of the new mural series, with Scarlet and Black Postdoctoral Associate Alexandria Russell participating as one of the speakers. The event was streamed live on Facebook, and you can view the video recording. The event includes oral history content speaking to the life of Alice Jennings Archibald from the point of view of her family and an interview with the artist, RH Doaz.

Check out the local press coverage of the new mural: