Maine’s Black Future
Moving Beyond Erasure
This presentation will reveal some of the little known Black history of Maine, and how this history impacts today. As we understand modern Maine for Black people, we can begin to imagine a vibrant, flourishing future for these same citizens. We will explore how Black Owned Maine is working in the community to support Black businesses and individuals - and more importantly how you can join in the push and help shape Maine’s Black future.
This event is designed for archive and library professionals and their families. The presenter seeks an audience with people who realize the deep violence of long-winded erasure and devaluation, acknowledge the true history of Black people in Maine, and intend to commit anti-racist acts to overcome erasure. Participants will leave with a better understanding of how to uplift the State of Maine by respectfully celebrating and supporting Black Mainers.
A recording of this event will be shared with registered participants.
Genius Black is a visionary leader and collaborator extraordinaire, as well as Co-Director of Black Owned Maine. He is an artist and musician based in South Portland. He is a professional voice over actor, public speaker, storyteller, and public speaking coach. He currently hosts and co-produces the Black Owned Maine Podcast and the One Maine Group Podcast, both focused on supporting and inspiring BIPOC Mainers. Genius moved to Maine in the year 2000 to attend Bowdoin College. He graduated with an A,B, in Africana Studies, a minor in English, and focused on writing and collaborating with professors during independent studies.
Attending an Online Workshop
To participate in this online workshop you will need access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection. We will be using Zoom to host this workshop as an online videoconference. Once you register, you will immediately be sent instructions for logging in via automatically sent email.
If you do not have access to a computer or mobile device with an internet connection, you will still be able to call in on a telephone, but you will unfortunately not be able to see any of the participants or visuals.
Online registration will be open through December 13. Attendance is limited to 90 people; register soon to save your spot!
Registration for MAM members is $20. Non-members pay $30.
Members of MAM enjoy discounted registration (MAM members please log in first). If you're not a MAM member, join today!