The Woods Hole Community Black History Month Committee presents

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Thursday, February 3
“The Strength to Fight” - Clifton Reed, More than 185,000 blacks played a significant role fighting in the Civil War, especially Sergeant William H. Carney of the 54th regiment of Massachusetts. Clifton Reed will demonstrate how their contribution was crucial to the war's final outcome.
- 12:00 PM Speck Auditorium, Rowe Laboratory, MBL

Thursday, February 10
“The Life and Times of Sgt. E.M. Cunnigen, U.S. Colored Infantry” - Donald Cunnigen, In commemoration of African-American participation in the Civil War, this presentation will examine the life of a runaway slave who followed Union troops in Mississippi as "contraband". He enlisted in Company I of the 66th United States Colored Infantry. Although his military service reflected many of the characteristics of former illiterate slaves who were enlistees, it did entail battle experience as well as the mundane responsibilities of day-to-day military duty. This talk will review the different roles of African-American soldiers, the socio-historical context of the Civil War on the lives of Mississippians-black and white, and the post-bellum life of Sgt. Cunnigen, especially his legacy on the life of the speaker.
- 12:00 PM, J. Erik Jonsson Center National Academy of Sciences, Woods Hole

Thursday, February 17
“Glory Film Screening” - Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates in this 1989 drama. Starring Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, and Morgan Freeman.
- 7:00 PM, Redfield Auditorium, WHOI

Wednesday, February 23
“Poetry: Native Guard” - Natasha Trethewey, Readings and Discussion, led by Jarita Davis, NOAA In Native Guard, Natasha Trethewey tells the terrible story of black men newly freed from slavery who were mustered in 1862 in Louisiana to become the first Union army regiment of black soldiers.
- 7:00 PM, Woods Hole Public Library

Thursday, February 24
“The Sable Arm: African-American Troops in the Civil War” - Michael McNaught, Michael McNaught was born in Scotland and educated in England. He obtained BA and MA degrees in Modern History from Oxford University, where he specialized in Military History and the Theory of War; he also has an MA from Columbia University. During a 44-year career as an independent school teacher and administrator, he led over 30 student trips to Civil War battlefields. He serves on the boards of the Falmouth Historical Society and the Oyster Pond Environmental Trust, teaches Civil War courses twice a year in the Joy of Learning program at the Falmouth Public Library, and lectures occasionally at Falmouth Academy and Cape Cod Community College.
- 3:00 PM, Meigs Room, Swope Center, MBL

Thursday, February 24
Harambee - Join us in our annual ethnic potluck feast celebrating everyone of every race! Enjoy multicultural arts, delicious food, and live music featuring Pan Loco Steel Band, an authentic, mixed ethnic ensemble consisting of two steel drummers, an electric bass player, and percussionis
- 4:00 to 7:00PM, Swope Center, 5 North Street, Woods Hole

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Woods Hole Black History Month events are sponsored by the Marine Biological Laboratory; the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, the National Marine Fisheries Service, the U.S. Coast Guard Group Woods Hole, the U.S. Geological Survey, Woods Hole Science Center, and the National Academy of Sciences J. Erik Jonsson Center. All events are free and open to the public.