In celebration of Black History Month, NTCC’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee will honor the Bogalusa Deacons for Defense and Justice through several different initiatives and activities.
The Deacons for Defense and Justice is an integral component of the Louisiana Northshore's Civil Rights Movement history. Unfortunately, many citizens of the Northshore may be unfamiliar with their efforts towards achieving progress towards civil rights in the city of Bogalusa. The Deacons served as an "armed defense entity to protect the black community and civil rights workers from the vigilante violence of the area" (Hill, 2011). Today, the Robert "Bob" Hicks Foundation seeks to memorialize the contributions of the Deacons as well as "preserving and furthering the legacy of the Bogalusa Civil Rights Movement" (Robert Hicks Foundation).
Review the resources below to learn more about the Deacons for Defense and Justice:
Events and Activities
Click the images/links below to learn more the NTCC DEI Committee's events and activities related to the Deacons for Defense and Justice as part of our 2022 Black History Month Celebration.
The Movements within the Movement
The inaugural NTCC Black History Lecture series, titled the Movements within the Movement, highlights the various ways Black history and the civil rights movement sparked not only expanded rights for Black Americans, but also advancements in women's rights, voting rights, and enrichment of American culture. To accomplish this goal, we are showcasing NTCC faculty in history and English to build upon curriculum currently taught in general education courses at the college. Details for each lecture are provided below, along with an event link. Each lecture will be presented virtually through Zoom and Facebook Live. The lecture schedule is as follows:
Liberty and Justice for Some: The Long Fight for Civil Rights
Monday, February 8th, 2021 | 12:15pm - 1:00pm | By: Adam Meier
In this lecture, we cover the African American experience from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement. We discuss the abolition of slavery and the hard road toward equality that followed, giving emphasis to disenfranchisement, Jim Crow, the resistance that began in the 1940s, and important leaders who guided the Civil Rights Movement toward eventual success in the 1960s.
Finding a Voice: Black Women in Literature and Today’s World
Thursday, February 11th, 2021 | 12:15pm - 1:00pm | By: Amy Fleming
In this lecture, we discuss the evolution of the Black female voice and its impact in today’s world. We explore the poetry and speeches of Phillis Wheatley, Sojourner Truth, Maya Angelou, and Amanda Gorman. We celebrate these women’s voices of empowerment and fullness of expression.
The Harlem Renaissance: A History of Cultural Expression in the Black Community
Thursday, February 18th, 2021 | 12:15pm - 1:00pm | By: Natasha Foret
In this presentation, we discuss the history of the Harlem Renaissance, a humanist movement born in Harlem, New York that provided an outlet of self-expression for the black community through art, music, and literature. Some of the highlights of this lecture cover the poetry of Langston Hughes, the literature of Zora Neal Hurston, and the musical expressions of Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday.
Voting Rights for the Disenfranchised
Thursday, February 25th, 2021 | 12:15pm - 1:00pm | By: Stacey Demichiel
Voting is a basic right of the people, or is it? This discussion looks at the electoral system, the history of who was included in the right to vote and who was left out of the ballot box. The struggle for enfranchisement and political voice is still relevant into the twenty-first century.
About the Black History Lecture Series
The inaugural Black History Lecture Series was established by the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of Northshore Technical Community College. The goal of this series is to educate our students, faculty, staff, and the communities we serve about the contributions of African and Black Americans to American History as part of the Black History Month celebration each February.
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