Black Midwestern history lecture Feb. 23 at Hjemkomst

MOORHEAD — The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County will host a Macalester College history professor for a free lecture titled, “(Re)membering African Americans in the Midwest.” Crystal Moten will deliver the lecture at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave. N.

Moten’s history will examine the lives of African Americans, especially women, who migrated to the Midwest after World War II, paying special attention to their experiences, struggles and acts of everyday resistance. Through an analysis of their involvement in movements for civil rights, gender equality and welfare rights, the lecture will also illuminate the challenges and possibilities of community-engaged public history.

Moten is an assistant professor of African American History at Macalester College in Saint Paul. Her forthcoming book is titled, “This Woman’s Work: Black Women’s Intellectual and Economic Activism in Postwar Milwaukee.”

Moten’s lecture is free, but HCSCC asks visitors to reserve their seats in advance online or by phone. If seats are available the day of the event, they will be offered at the door.

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