The 2020 Black Thought Series is generously sponsored
by the NH Charitable Foundation.

Black Thought is a series that focuses on Black perspectives on the humanities.

Upcoming Black
Thought programs:

Reading Shakespeare While Black

Wednesday, October 21, 6 pm
Dr. Dennis Britton, University of New Hampshire


Reparations, Its History & Impact: Why Now?
Wednesday, November 11, 6 pm
Mr. Woullard Lett, National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America

Awakening to Racism as a Public Health Issue: A Historical Perspective
Wednesday, November 18, 6 pm
Dr. Yvonne Goldsberry, NH Endowment for Health


Previous talks
in this series





September 23, 6 pm
From Civil Rights to Black Lives Matter
Presented by Dr. Matthew Delmont, Dartmouth College

In the months since Breonna Taylor and George Floyd were killed by police officers in Louisville and Minneapolis, more than 25 million Americans have participated in Black Lives Matter protests in more than 4000 cities and towns, in every state in the country.  Millions more people have joined protests globally.  By most accounts, Black Lives Matter is the largest social movement in U.S. history.  This presentation will explore the founding of Black Lives Matter and discuss how today's movement grew out of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. WATCH the recorded program here.

June 12, 5 pm

Juneteenth: A Historical Celebration of Black Liberation

In this talk, JerriAnne Boggis will examine the true story behind the celebration of Juneteenth, how this holiday has been celebrated in New Hampshire, and why it is more important now than ever to acknowledge and honor this historic event.





Click above to watch a recording of the Juneteenth program presented by JerriAnne Boggis for employees of Northeast Delta Dental as part of our Humanities@Work program.






June 26, 5 pm

My Problem with White Jesus

When did Jesus become white? Why does it matter? In this presentations, Professor Dennis Britton will discuss medieval and renaissance representations of white and black skin, and consider how they have affected the way we feel about the sacred value of white and black skin today. A recording of this program will soon be posted here. Suggested reading  To watch a recording of the June 26 program:






This program was held on July 10

Race, Disease, and Death in 1793 and 2019: A Shocking Parallel

What have we learned about racism, disease, and the civic health of our republic in the last 226 years or so? In this talk, Dr. Kabria Baumgartner provides a comparative analysis of the Yellow Fever epidemic of 1793 and the coronavirus pandemic of 2019 focusing on the plight of African Americans.

Dr. Baumgartner's Suggested Reading List

Monadnock Ledger/Transcript, July 2020
Racism and pandemics: Connections go back centuries NH professors say




Resources in NH:

Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African-American Newspapers

Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire

The Origins of Race in the USA with Dr. Danielle Bainbridge provides a 10 minute overview of the history of the idea of race. Watch

Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise (PBS)  Watch

Shadows Fall North, a 2016 documentary from the UNH Center for the Humanities and Atlantic Media, explores Black history in New Hampshire. New Hampshire Humanities supported this work through our Community Project Grants. You can watch the full film here by using the password SFN2016. Watch

Juneteenth: Fact Sheet  Read

Talking About Race: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture has created a new online portal with resources to help educators, parents, and individuals talk about race. Use these tools to reflect and start conversations.  Read