Black History Month

While Every Month is Black History Month

In February we Celebrate with a Special Calendar of Events

February 4 – 28: A Generational Struggle for Racial Justice
@ the Bordley Center
In celebration of Black History Month, Sumner Hall has produced this exhibit now on display in the front window of the Historical Society of Kent County, located at the intersection of High and Cross Streets. The exhibit features two 19th century leaders of the struggle, William H. Perkins and Frederick Nichols; the Freedom Riders’ visit to Chestertown in 1962; and last year’s demonstrations in support of Black Lives Matter.

February 13 Henry Highland Garnet, Kent County Hero
@4 pm, via ZOOM
A conversation with author, Professor George Shivers, facilitated by Sumner Hall’s Gordon Wallace. Learn about this famous abolitionist who made such a significant contribution to civic discussion and action during the Civil War Era.

February 15: James Taylor Justice Coalition Presentation
@7:30 pm, via ZOOM
Co-Chairpersons, Larry Wilson and Philip Dutton will formally invite the Town of Chestertown to join the coalition as part of the town’s Chestertown Unites Against Racism initiative.  Tune in to the meeting of the Town Council to learn more.

February 19: COVID-19: Vaccine Hesitancy & the African American Experience
@6:30 pm, via ZOOM
Our annual Henry Highland Garnet Symposium addresses a most timely issue. Join the discussion informed by presentations from public health and community education experts Dr. Niossi Dambita, Dr. Ruth Shoge, Rev. Monique Davis and Ms. Kathleen McGrath.

February 24: African American Read-In
@6:00 pm, Register here
This interactive, multi-generational program will celebrate black authors, literacy, reading, and diversity in literature.  Jointly sponsored by the Kent County Library and Washington College’s Department of Education and Black Studies Program, this year’s event is produced by the library and provides an opportunity for readers and listeners.

Henry Highland Books Now Available!

One of America’s most celebrated crusaders for racial justice, Henry Highland Garnet, was born enslaved in Kent County in 1815. Since his story is not well known, George Shivers has written two children’s books  – a coloring book and a chapter book – that have been published by Sumner Hall. Get your copy today!