Mitchelville’s significance in American history is profound. It represents the first African American self-governed town in the United States. The courage, perseverance, and resourcefulness of the freedmen on Hilton Head Island, SC ushered in the dawn of freedom. Their experiences during an era of war and the Reconstruction Period, exposed a culture that had survived from its roots in Africa, demonstrating how deeply the ideas of self-dependence and freedom were embedded in the minds of the African Americans. Suddenly, these individuals had access to property, education, and an independence that opened their minds to the real possibilities of citizenship and community. Last year’s forum, “Freedom Isn’t Free,” examined the historic push for freedom in this country and the notion that the struggle continues today. The 2019 Anniversary Forum: “Access: Who Has It?” looks at the issues revolving around historic and contemporary access in 21st Century America. This one-day session will examine access to quality education, issues associated with Health Care and the growing political power of women, 100 years after gaining the right to vote in 1920. The Forum will take place on November 2, 2019 on Hilton Head Island, SC from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm. Details available soon.
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