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ENRICH-0726 – Hist In-Person: Black History in CO (ENRICH-0726_BHIC)

Perspectives of Black History in Colorado

Are you curious about Black history in Colorado? Did you know that Colorado has a rich and diverse history surrounding the African diaspora? Whether it’s Lincoln Hills, a Black mountain resort, or Dearfield, a Black homesteaders community, or the achievements of individuals like Barney Ford, James P. Beckwourth, Clara Brown, Lauren Watson or Pam Grier, people of African descent have been living and thriving in Colorado well before the state entered the Union in 1876. This tradition continues today! Colorado’s African American population has found success as fur trappers, mountain men, politicians, attorneys, actors and doctors among many other occupations. How are these important stories told in museums and historical organizations/institutions? How do organizations, often founded in white supremacy, communicate messages of equality in their exhibits and programming without being performative or empirical? Spend an afternoon with Dexter Nelson II, the associate curator of African American history and cultural heritage at History Colorado, and explore the state’s current exhibits and collections to learn about the impact African Americans have had in Colorado. This course takes a closer look at the perspectives being prioritized in the museum’s current exhibit narratives, ways to learn about and promote Black history in Colorado, and the ways history can be more complete when all voices are heard.

One in-person session
Sat., Mar. 11, 2023, 1-3 pm MT

Dexter Nelson II is the associate curator of African American history and cultural heritage at History Colorado. He is tasked with helping History Colorado move towards eliminating white supremacy and giving value to stories traditionally ignored or eliminated completely regarding the Black diaspora in the West.
Course Details
Location: University ParkMode of Study: In-personPlaces Left: 16Waitlist Places Left: 10Fee: $30


Days of the WeekStart DateEnd DateTimeVenueInstructor
Saturday11th March 202311th March 202301:00PM - 03:00PMN/ADexter Nelson II