February 11, 2013
Earlham College and the anti-slavery work of Quakers will be highlighted on Wed., Feb. 13, 2013 in Indianapolis during “Then and Now,” the Governor’s Celebration of Black History Month.
Professor of History Tom Hamm will present “Quakers in the Abolitionist Movement” as a part of the celebration. Hamm is also Curator of Lilly Library’s Quaker Collection and Director of Special Collections.
“Professor Hamm was invited to speak on the Quakers’ role in the abolitionist movement because we wanted to diversify the event and reflect on the roles of other parts of society that were instrumental in black history,” says Jackie Cissell, special assistant to Gov. Mike Pence.
Rickie Clark, owner and operator of Diversity Focus Today magazine, will emcee. Additional speakers include Dani Pfaff, Research Manager at the Indiana State Historical Bureau; the Rev. Thomas Brown, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Indianapolis and president of the Indiana Christian Leadership Conference; and Dr. Chris C. Armstrong, pastor of Mount Vernon Community Missionary Baptist Church in Indianapolis. Spoken word artist Kelechukwu Brnfre and the Charles A. Tindley Choir also will perform.
The hour-long program begins at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the South Atrium of the Indiana Statehouse. Admission is free and the event is open to the public.