City Barbeque Food for Thought Series: Black Women and the Underground Railroad—a Snapshot from a Local and Regional Perspective

Tuesday, April 23, 2024
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Dr. Eric Jackson of the NKU History and Geography Department will join us at the Cold Spring Branch to speak with us in the 11th Annual City BBQ Food for Thought Lecture series about the local Underground Railroad. This presentation explores the plight of enslaved African American women, focusing on episodes of resistance and escape using the Underground Railroad from local and regional perspective. Register now as spots are limited.

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About the Presenter:

As a Professor of History, and Associate Dean, in the College of Arts and Sciences, at Northern Kentucky University, with almost thirty plus years of academic experience at the university level, Dr. Eric R. Jackson has taught numerous classes in the fields of American and African American History, Race Relations and Peace Studies. Dr. Jackson has also published a wide array of books, books reviews, articles, etc. in many local, regional, national, and international journals, such as the Journal of African American History, the Journal of Negro Education, Ohio History, the International Journal of World Peace, and the Journal of Pan African Studies.)  With over fifty publications, Dr. Jackson recently completed an online book/website on African Americans in Cincinnati (Oxford University Press, 2015, co-authored a book titled Cincinnati’s Underground Railroad (Arcadia Publishing, Inc. 2014) and co-authored another book titled Unique Challenges in Urban Schools: The Involvement of African American Parents (Rowman and Littlefield, May 2015), Let Freedom Ring for Everyone:  (Cognella, 2020), and Introduction to Black Studies (University of Kentucky Press, 2023; 2023 Thomas D. Clark Medallion Award). Additionally, he is working on a new book titled Full of Faith – Full of Hope: The History and Legacy of the Underground Railroad in Kentucky (University of Kentucky Press, 2024). He also has served as Interim Editor and the Book Review Editor of the Journal of Pan African Studies. In 2017 he was awarded the “Second International World Civility Award” from I-Change Nations. Dr. Jackson also is a member of the Boone County Public Library Board of Trustees, the Kentucky Humanities, Cincinnati Preservation Association, Friends of Music Hall Board (Cincinnati, Ohio).

For those that can’t attend in-person:

The talk will be filmed by Campbell Media and air the following week on Sunday and Wednesday at 4:30 PM on CCMC (Cincinnati Bell Ch. 810 and Spectrum Ch. 202).  It is also available on the Campbell Media Website or the Campbell Media App on Apple TV and Roku.

About our Community Partners:

Campbell Media:

Campbell Media is a service of the Campbell County Cable Board. The Cable Board was created by an Interlocal Agreement among the Campbell County Fiscal Court and 11 local cities within the County. The member cities are: Highland Heights, Alexandria, Bellevue, Southgate, Wilder, Silver Grove, Melbourne, Crestview, Woodlawn, California, Mentor and Fiscal Court serving the unincorporated county. The Cable Board administers the cable television franchise agreement with Spectrum and Cincinnati Bell Extended Territories. The Board is made up of representatives from the government agencies.

Our goal, at Campbell Media, is to reach out into our community and provide a wide range of media tools and mechanisms while maintaining a direct outlet for community programming through cable channels.

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Age Range:   18+

Snacks Provided:   Yes

Cold Spring Branch

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