February 1, 2015

Diversity Events

whbhm.logoWoods Hole Black History Month Celebration 2014  — Civil Rights in America

All events are free and open to the public

Thursday, Feb. 13: Geraldine S. Hines, Massachusetts Associate Justice, “Lessons from My Life as a Black Civil Rights Lawyer and Jurist.” Noon, Lillie Auditorium, MBL

Wednesday, Feb. 19: Kwasi Connor, Ph.D. in Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography, University of Southern California, “Life in a Fluctuating Environment: The Molecular Eco-Physiology of California Mussels.” Noon, Meigs Room, Swope Center, MBL

Thursday, Feb. 27: Todd Beckham, geneologist, musician, producer, “The Melungeons of Vardy Valley: Tri-racial Isolates and Their 21st Century Ancestors.” 3:00 PM, Meigs Room, Swope Center, MBL
Harambee !- Join us for an annual ethnic potluck feast celebrating everyone of every race!  Multicultural arts, delicious food, and live music. 4:00 PM, Swope Center

Woods Hole Black History Month events are sponsored by the Marine Biological Laboratory, National Marine Fisheries Service, U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Field Center, Woods Hole Research Center, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, and Sea Education Association.

For information, contact MBL Communications Office, comm@mbl.edu

Juneteenth Celebration 2014 — Commemorating the End of Slavery: Emphasizing Education and Achievement and Presentation of John K. Bullard Diversity Award to Lionel E. Hall, Jr.

Civil rights in education and the opportunity to participate in science were among the topics discussed at the 2014 Woods Hole Juneteenth celebration, sponsored by the Woods Hole Black History Month Committee and the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative on Thursday, June 19th, 2014 in the MBL’s Speck Auditorium.

The celebration began with a keynote presentation by Waldo E. Johnson, Jr., Ph.D., MSW of The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Dr. Johnson, an associate professor, focuses his research on examining male roles within African American families, especially young African American males and nonresident African American fathers within impoverished urban families.

During the celebration longtime MBL employee Lionel Hall was presented with the 2014 John K. Bullard Diversity Award, given every other year to an individual in the Woods Hole community who plays a significant role in making the community more inclusive and more welcoming of people of all backgrounds.

A panel discussion concluded the afternoon events. Panelists included Bradford Brown, a NOAA scientist now retired with a lifelong interest in civil rights, both personal and professional; Jacqueline Fields, a trustee at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy and former faculty member at Wellesley College; Chinonye “Chi Chi” Nnakwe, Director of Graduate Diversity Recruitment in the Office of the Provost, University of Chicago; and Ben Gutierrez, a research scientist in the Coastal and Marine Geology Program at the U.S. Geological Survey in Woods Hole and program course coordinator for the Woods Hole Partnership Education Program. Dr. Harold Bibb, Emeritus Professor of Biological Sciences and Associate Dean Emeritus of the Graduate School at the University of Rhode Island, served as moderator.

The panelists discussed civil rights from a variety of perspectives, including their own experiences in their lives and careers and efforts to promote diversity and inclusion as the nation marks the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act and the 60th anniversary of Brown vs. Board of Education in 2014.

Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the ending of slavery in the United States, dating back to its origin in Galveston, Texas, when Union soldiers enforced the Emancipation Proclamation and freed all remaining slaves in Texas on June 19, 1865. Celebrations today focus on African American freedom and emphasize education and achievement.

The Juneteenth celebration was also supported by the Woods Hole Diversity Initiative

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