City Barbeque Food for Thought Series: The Underground Railroad and the Power of Religion in Northern Kentucky

Tuesday, May 23, 2023
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 10th Annual City BBQ Food for Thought Lecture series about the local Underground Railroad. Religion has always played a powerful role in Underground Railroad activities, and Dr. Jackson will talk about how this was key to the Northern Kentucky region with great detail.  Register now as spots are limited.

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About the Presenter:

Dr. Eric Jackson will explore the facts surrounding how legend, mythology, and invention affected enslavement and the Underground Railroad in Northern Kentucky and the surrounding regions.

With almost twenty-five years of academic experience at the university level, Dr. Jackson teaches in the fields of American and African American History/Studies, Race Relations, and Peace Studies. He has over fifty publications, including in journals such as Africology: The Journal of Pan African Studies, the Journal of African American History, and the International Journal of World Peace. Dr. Jackson recently received two awards for his community outreach work: the Goodwill Ambassador for the Golden Rule Award (2016) and the Second International World Civility Award from Change Nations (2017).


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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