TROY's Rosa Parks Museum to host free public lecture on July 7

Posted: Wednesday, 29 June 2011

MONTGOMERY- Troy University's Rosa Parks Museum will host a free public lecture examining the written and oral traditions in the writings of African American women at 6 p.m. on July 7.

Dr. DoVeanna Fulton Minor will present "Speaking Lives, Authoring Texts: African American Women's Oral Slave Narratives" in the Museum's auditorium. The lecture is being held in conjunction with the Smithsonian's traveling exhibit "IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas," which is on display in the Rosa Parks Museum exhibit hall through July 30.

Dr. Minor is an associate professor and chair for the Gender and Race Studies Department at the University of Alabama. Her research has concentrated on African American literature and manifestations of oral traditions by Black women. She has published articles in such distinguished journals as "Legacy: A Journal of American Women Writers" and "The Journal of American Folklore."

"IndiVisible" focuses on the seldom-viewed history and complex lives of people of dual African American and Native American ancestry. The exhibition tells stories of cultural integration and diffusion as well as the struggle to define and preserve identity. It will remain on view inside the Rosa Parks Museum exhibit hall through July 30, and will continue to travel to museums around the nation.

The museum will host several other events in conjunction with the exhibit, including:

July 16, 9-12 p.m. – Teen Summit, Native-African American youth and local youth in facilitated focus groups discuss issues of identity, lifestyles and racial legacies (Gold Room inside Whitley Hall).
July 16, 2-3:30 p.m. – Special performance by the 2006, 2008, and reigning Miss Indian Alabama; Megan Young, Mikayla Snow and Cortney Morris. The performances will take place in the museum auditorium and will feature traditional Native American song and dance.
July 21, 6-8 p.m. – Public lecture, "Urban (Trans) Formations: Changes in the Use and Meaning of African-Native American Indian Identity" with Dr. Angela A. Gonzales (Museum Auditorium).
July 28, 6-8 p.m. – Panel of local university professors will discuss issues addressed in the exhibit and how they are applicable to the local community.