Portsmouth, NH - The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire (BHTNH) will host an important lecture and community dialogue in the 2020 Elinor Williams Hooker Tea Talk series entitled, “Medicine, Health and Race”. This fascinating panel and group discussion will take place Sunday, February 16th, from 2 to 4 pm at the Portsmouth Public Library, located at 175 Parrott Avenue in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and is free and open to the public.
This third event of the 2020 Tea Talk series will be a discussion of how myths about racial inferiority and physical racial differences have operated across medical and social services. As with all of the Tea Talk events, the panelists and audience are invited to engage in a safe, respectful and informational dialogue that seeks to bring more awareness and understanding to the role of racial myths in the past and present.
The panelists, Shari Robinson, Dr. Daphne Robert and Kerri Osborne will explore the ways in which beliefs about race and racism have shaped the health of African Americans and the ways they receive healthcare. Since enslavement, racism has been at least partially responsible for the fact that Blacks and People of Color have had inadequate healthcare and poorer health status and outcomes. Panelists will also discuss new theories and methodologies for providing higher quality healthcare and for healthier lives.
Shari Robinson is the Director of Psychological and Counseling Services (PACS) at the University of New Hampshire. Her professional interests include counseling issues related to diversity and multiculturalism, First-Generation college students, spirituality/religion, Student Veterans and mentoring people of color. Shari considers herself a social justice change agent working toward equity, inclusion and diversity in all of her professional and personal settings.
Dr. Daphne Robert is a Podiatry Specialist in Boston, Massachusetts. She graduated with honors from New York College of Podiatric Medicine in 2011. Having more than 9 years of diverse experiences, Dr. Daphne Robert works in cooperation with many other doctors and specialists as part of her practice.
Kerri Osborne joined the National CARES Mentoring Movement in 2019 as the Chief Development Officer. In her role, she most enjoys building relationships with stakeholders and generating excitement about the transformational work National CARES is doing across the country. Prior to joining National CARES, Kerri was at Jumpstart for Young Children for fourteen years.
The 2020 Tea Talk Series, entitled “What’s Belief Got to Do with It?”, takes a deeper look at the role of belief as a powerful component of human nature and the ways in which beliefs shape our lives and societies. Through panel presentations and shared dialogue, these Sunday afternoon discussions will investigate how beliefs form personal convictions and our moral framework, and explore how understanding our own belief systems can guide us to strive for justice, equality and inclusion.
The Winter Tea Talk Series, presented by the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire in partnership with the Portsmouth Public Library and Temple Israel, is a series of participatory lectures related to New Hampshire’s Black history and African American culture.
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About the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire
The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire works to open hearts and minds for a deeper understanding of who we are as a collective and to recognize that we share a uniquely American heritage. Building on the success of the Portsmouth Black Heritage Trail that started more than two decades ago, the new statewide Black Heritage Trail connects the stories of New Hampshire’s African heritage by documenting and making visible many of the historic sites that testify to this rich history.
Guided tours and public programs, along with educational materials and teacher workshops, will continue to be developed by the Black Heritage Trail to promote awareness of African-American culture and to honor all the people of African descent whose names may not have been included in previous town histories. The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire provides a variety of learning experiences for adults and children. Offerings include school programs, guided tours, traveling programs, lectures, and workshops.
The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire is an independent, nonprofit organization. The organization is a registered 501c 3 nonprofit; Taxpayer Identification Number 81-3921917