Anderson-Douoning at St Mike's to present history-based insights on what it means to be Black in America

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Event Name: “When and Where ‘We the People’ Enter(ed)”: My People are the ‘B’ in BIPOC [Our Black Experience and the American Dream from 1830s Louisiana to the Present Moment!”

Presenter: Jolivette Anderson-Douoning

Event Time & Location:  Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., Saint Michael’s College McCarthy Arts Center - Recital Hall

COLCHESTER, VT -- A public lecture on November 9 by Jolivette Anderson-Douoning -- the Inaugural Saint Michael’s College African American Scholar in Residence -- will map the American Dream as it has been lived by Black Americans going back six generations in two northern Louisiana parishes.

“Those interested in what it means to be 'Black in America' and to be 'Black American' will gain insight and understanding as we all move forward toward trying to better ourselves, each other, and the United States of America,” said Anderson-Douoning. The lecture starts at 4:45 p.m. in the McCarthy Arts Center Recital Hall on the Saint Michael’s campus.

In her presentation of approximately 90 minutes, Anderson-Douoning will outline findings from her dissertation, titled 'LOUISIANA LEARNING: Race-Space Geographic Education and the Creation of a Black Cultural 'Place' in Shreveport's Hollywood Neighborhood.”

Her topic examines “the American Dream as it has been lived by Black Americans going back six generations in Caddo and DeSoto Parishes in North Louisiana,” said Anderson-Douoning, whose research connects 190 years of “paternal” oral and land ownership history (from 1830s) to 70 years “maternal,” "field to factory" history (from late 1940s).

This history will teach the audience lessons “about Race, Anti-Racism, Black Culture, Self-Liberation, Democracy, and survival by using one of many often unheard narratives from the Black American experience in the United States,” she said. “Family archives in conversation with Louisiana State University-Shreveport and Southern University Shreveport Archives are the source materials used to center the voice of a Black woman named Mrs. Goldleana.”

“Mrs. Goldleana left hand-written documentation of the history of the United States because she wrote down the day-to-day happenings of her rural to urban migration. Her life in her community is a historiography that exemplifies how 'inclusion' into the nation's history should be told and taught,” said Anderson-Douoning, who has been teaching in the Saint Michael’s History Department this semester while working on her dissertation and immersing herself in community life.

Audience members for this on-campus event are  required to have proof of vaccination or a negative test within 72 hours, in which case they can attend masked without capacity or density restrictions. The only caveat is that COVID guidelines can change should the situation in the area or on the campus change significantly. 

About Saint Michael’s College

Saint Michael’s College, founded in the great Catholic intellectual tradition, which also recognizes the principles of social justice and compassion, is a selective, fully residential Catholic college in Vermont’s beautiful Green Mountains. Our closely connected community delivers internationally-respected liberal arts and graduate education near Burlington, one of the country’s best college towns. To prepare for fulfilling careers and meaningful lives, young adults here grow intellectually, socially, and morally, learning to be responsible for themselves, each other and their world.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 - 4:45pm