The Byron & Christine Johnson Lecture/Discussion Series

2012 Theme:  Displaced Communities

The Legacy of Displacement:  A Historical Context

Presenters:  Robert Hazan & Dominique Ashaheed

Saturday, January 28, 2012, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Dr. Robert Hazan, Chair of the Political Science Department at Metropolitan State College of Denver, will discuss the role of slavery and colonialism in displacement of communities.  Dominique Ashaheed will discuss the mechanism in place that always underlies displacement of a people.

The Garifuna Journey:  From St. Vincent to Belize

Presenters:  Roy & Phyllis Cayetano

Saturday, February 25, 2012, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Roy and Phyllis Cayetano travel from the country of Belize in Central America to discuss the forced displacement of their ancestors, the Garinagu, from the Caribbean island of St. Vincent to the shores of Honduras and Belize.  Their Native American and African ancestry make up Garifuna history and culture.

The Great Migration:  Mass Exodus to the North

Presenter:  Judith Strathearn

Saturday, March 17, 2012, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

The exodus of massive numbers of African Americans from the southern United States into northern cities is known as “The Great Migration.”  Judy Strathern, doctoral candidate at the University of Colorado in Boulder, will lead the discussion on the legacies of this displacement.

Denver’s Five Points Community:  At the Feet of My Father

Presenter:  Michael Bird

Saturday, April 21, 2012, 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.

Through film and storytelling, participants at this lecture will take a personal journey with Michael Bird, as he discusses what the loss of the Five Points Community has meant to him.  Though reflecting a local displacement, this session also speaks to a phenomenon being replicated throughout the country.

Ibo Landing:  The Water Brought Us

Presenters:  Tanika Vaughn & Judith Strathearn

Saturday, May 5, 2012, 10:00 A.M. – 2:00 P.M.

This closing session will focus on displacement of Gullah/Geechee people in the sea islands of South Carolina and Georgia at various times in their history, and the panel of presenters represents Denver residents who have traveled to the sea islands.  A catered luncheon will be served at a cost of $15.00.

    *All lectures take place at Park Hill United Methodist

   Church, 5209 Montview Boulevard, Denver, CO 80207.