Cambridge Celebrates Black History Month


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2nd Floor Sullivan Chamber
795 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02139

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In celebration of Black History Month, the City of Cambridge Employees' Committee on Diversity will host an art reception featuring Cambridge black artists, a Black History Month stamp unveiling, and a presentation by Dr. Manisha Sinha on black womens' roles in the suffrage movement.

Light refreshment will be served.  This event is free and open to the public.

The evening will include remarks by Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis A. DePasquale.

Manisha Sinha is the Draper Chair in American History at the University of Connecticut and a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University for this academic year.
She was born in India and received her PhD from Columbia University. In 2016, she was named one of the top 25 women in higher education by the journal Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.

This talk will illuminate the forgotten origins of the women's suffrage movement in the abolition movement and reconsider the break between abolitionists and some feminists after the Civil War. It will show how the Reconstruction constitutional amendments opened a path to women's suffrage and the Nineteenth Amendment. Despite black disenfranchisement, the Nineteenth Amendment eventually paved the way for black women to emerge as the most progressive voting block in American politics.

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