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ITHACA, N.Y. – The History Center in Tompkins County and the Southside Community Center are hosting a two-day community forum focused on the African American community in Ithaca. A historical perspective will serve to provide a foundation for dialogues on current issues and topics. A key premise is that knowledge and engagement comes from situating people in time and place and integrating social and cultural history with the built environment.

The Southside Community Center’s legacy dates back to the work and ideals of the Frances Harper Women’s Club, a group of Black women in the Ithaca community in the 1920s; learn more at the Southside Community Center’s website.

African Americans in Ithaca: Situating People in Place and Time

All events will take place at Southside Community Center (305 South Plain Street, Ithaca, NY) unless otherwise noted. Updates to the schedule will be posted to the Facebook event page.

Friday, Nov. 9

7 – 9 p.m.

Performances by UNITED Dance, Dope Steppers of Ithaca College, and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc.
Update: Southside neighborhood plan from Seph Murtagh, City of Ithaca Council
Southside Neighborhood: Where we have been and where we are going with Dr. Nia Nunn, Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell, and Ms. Lucy Brown
Refreshments served

Saturday, Nov. 10

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks

9:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Southside Community Scanning Project with Donna Eschenbrenner and Cindy Kjellander-Cantu

9:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Wheat Street/Cleveland Avenue in the 20th Century: Residents, Families, and Connections with Christine O’Malley and Robert Kibbee

12 – 12:30 p.m.
Celebrating the Mosaics

12:30 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch served featuring Tucker’s Catering

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Southside Community Center Real Talk Teach-in: Past and present conversations around current issues with Dr. Nia Nunn, Dr. Sean Eversley Bradwell, Pastor Wright, and Pastor Price

4 – 5:00 p.m.
Counting Wheat Street Staged Reading performed at the St. James A.M.E. Zion Church (116 Cleveland Avenue, Ithaca, NY), featuring actors from the community; written by Carol Kammen, Tompkins County historian

5 – 5:30 p.m.
Closing Remarks

This program was funded in part by a Humanities New York Action Grant (

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