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Black History Month Speaker: James Curry Explores Historical Amnesia

The Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County is hosting a Black History Month event on Thursday, February 22, at 6:30 PM at the Hjemkomst Center. The event will feature artist and educator James Curry, who will discuss the complexities of African American ancestral narratives, historical memory, and the impact of forgetting and misremembering. His presentation will shed light on how these dynamics perpetuate bias and prejudice.

James Curry, a multidisciplinary artist and educator at Augsburg University, brings a wealth of experience from his film and television work in Los Angeles and the Twin Cities. Notably, he collaborated with the legendary Prince at Paisley Park, directing a documentary during the Musicology tour. His contributions extend to curating an exhibit on African Americans for the Dakota County Historical Society, alongside Jillian Knight. Moreover, Curry’s graphic novel, Hate Stings, based on oral and historical accounts of his ancestors and early Black activists in Hastings, adds depth to his impactful work.

As the chairperson of the non-profit organization Building Remembrance for Reconciliation (BR4R), Curry seeks to promote reconciliation and foster positive connections within the community. He is also a weekend news editor for Channel 5 Eyewitness News at KSTP.

Join the HCSCC for this free and enlightening event, where James Curry will engage in a brief conversation with the moderator, followed by an interactive Q&A session with the audience. Let’s explore history, memory, and reconciliation together! 🌟🗣️📚

For more details, visit the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County website.