New Orleans Public Library

Our Roots Are Our Strength:
Celebrating Black History Month, 2001

"The Effects of Slavery on African Americans"
A lecture by Professor Elaine Pinderhughes
February 17, 2001

Professor Elaine Pinderhughes, professor emerita at Boston College, was the keynote speaker for this year's African American genealogy workshop held at the Main Library on February 17th.

A crowd of young and old, black and white, packed the Main Library's auditorium to hear Professor Pinderhughes's lecture on "The Effects of Slavery on African Americans."

Professor Pinderhughes explains how slavery distorted the value system of the African slave and imposed numerous psychological and social problems on African Americans that have been passed on to the present generations.

Dr. Morris Jeff, Jr. (right), Director of Human Services for the City of New Orleans, served as evaluator for the program.

Following the lecture, audience members had numerous questions and comments concerning the topic of discussion.

Dr. Clifton Johnson (right), founder of the Amistad Research Center, listens intently to a question posed by an audience member.

A native of Washington, D.C., Professor Pinderhughes talks to audience member Cantrelle Hawkins, who knew relatives of Pinderhughes' s Louisiana family.

Charles Siler of the Louisiana State Museum and his wife, Rhonda Miller of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities believe discussions like Pinderhughes's lecture are needed in our community. Both are active members of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America (N'COBRA).

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