Thursday, October 5, 2017, 11:30 am
A Common Hour on October 5, 2017 discussing the African American history of Lancaster, by Leroy Taft Hopkins, Jr., Professor of German Language (Emeritus) at Millersville University and President of the African-American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania.
Hopkins will give a 20-25 minute presentation, then will be joined in a conversation by Betty Hurdle, a retired Housing and Community Advocate and a member of the 7th Ward Oral History Project. Antonio Callari, F&M Professor of Economics, will facilitate the conversation. A reception will follow the Common Hour at Ware College House.
The event is organized by the F&M Africana Studies Program and co-sponsored by the Economics Department, the History Department, American Studies, the Ware Institute, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.
Professor Hopkins has a Ph.D. in Germanic Languages & Literatures from Harvard University (1974). He taught German at Millersville University from 1971 until his retirement in 2015. He has a long history of research and community work in Lancaster. He has received a citation from the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission for excellence in researching the Black history of Pennsylvania over the past 30 years. He has served as Member, Founding Member, Board Member, Director or President of more than a dozen local and regional historical and civic organizations, including the Historical Society of Lancaster County; the African-American Historical Society of South Central Pennsylvania; the Advisory Committee of Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission; Historical Commission of the Harrisburg District of the A.M.E. Church; the Black History Advisory Committee of the Pennsylvania Department of Education; the Crispus Attucks Community Center; the Black German Cultural Society; the Editorial Board of the Thaddeus Stevens Papers.