12 – 1:30PM
Wednesday, October 3, 2012
“American to the Backbone: A Discussion with the Author”
Christopher L. Webber, Independent Scholar
Location is wheelchair accessible
James W. C. Pennington was illiterate when he escaped from slavery at age 19, but he became the first black student at Yale, served congregations in Hartford and New York, wrote the first black history, helped integrate the New York City street car system, and was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Heidelberg. Christopher L. Webber’s new biography of James W. C. Pennington, American to the Backbone, calls attention to one of the leading and least known pre-Civil War black abolitionists and throws light on neglected aspects of that era in American history. This talk is part of the GLC
Brown Bag Lunch Series. Bring your lunch and we’ll provide the drinks & dessert.