Organization partners with city to provide African American educational programming

Poster labeled Black History Month includes image of Dr. Martin Luther King along with details about three upcoming events outlined in the

The Hawk Foundation for Research and Education in African Culture is partnering with the City of Olympia to provide countywide African American educational programming.

The Foundation shared several upcoming free events that may be of interest to educators and students.

Javoen Byrd, executive director of The Hawk Foundation for Research and Education in African Culture, shared the following about the three upcoming events, which are also described in the accompanying photo:

  • The first day will be a virtual lecture by Dr. Sylviane Diouf, February 16 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. Dr. Diouf is author of Slavery’s Exiles, a book on African American freedom fighters of the South who fought against slavery and created communities that resisted the enslavement. She is a professor at Brown University.
  • The second event will be a lecture at The Washington Center by Dr. Joy DeGruy, author of Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome. She will be discussing mental health equity in the Black community. This keynote is on February 17 from 6 – 8:30 p.m.
  • The last day will be a community celebration at The Olympia Center from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. with live performances.