Topic: Black Indians: A Hidden Heritage
Date: Monday, November 16, 2009 - 11 a.m. Southeast Technical College-Red Wing Campus & 7 p.m. Winona State University, Kryzsko Commons- East Hall – 7 p.m.
Date: Tuesday, November 17, 2009 - 10:30 a.m. Winona Senior High School & 7 p.m. WSU Rochester Campus - Memorial Hall 223
Guest Speaker: William Loren Katz
Though they have never appeared in a school text, Hollywood movie or a TV show of the Old West, Black Indians were there as sure as Sitting Bull, Davy Crockett and Geronimo. Their story began at the time of Columbus, ranged from North American forests to South American jungles, and the jewel-like islands of the Caribbean. The first freedom paths taken by runaway slaves led to Native American villages. There black men and women found a red hand of friendship and an accepting adoption system and culture. The sturdy offspring of Black-Indian marriages shaped the early days of the fur trade, added a new dimension to frontier diplomacy, and made a daring contribution to the fight for American liberty. Early Florida history was determined by a powerful alliance that fought the U.S. Army, Navy and Marines to a standstill for forty years.
Like other intrepid frontier people, these dark Americans braved every peril for a slice of the American Dream—freedom, a safe home, family happiness and a piece of one's own land. In the chronicles of the Americas their long, arduous quest for freedom is still a neglected chapter. Through careful research and rare antique prints and photographs, this book reveals how black and red people learned to live and work together in the Americas to oppose white oppression. Here is an American story that reveals a little-known aspect of our past and shatters some myths.
Author, Historian & Educator
After graduating from Syracuse University with a BA in history in 1950 and from New York University in 1952 with an MA in Secondary Education, Katz taught social studies in New York City and State secondary schools and served as a curriculum consultant for 14 years. Since 1967 he has been a lecturer and consultant for Boards of Education from Seattle, Washington to Dade County, Florida, including the Inner London Education Authority and the Education Departments of North Carolina and New York.
Since 1968, he has been interviewed on Gil Noble's award-winning television program Like It Is. He has also appeared on NBC's The Today Show, PBS's Tony Brown's Journal and many other major network television programs. He has hosted his own history interview program on WBAI-FM on Pacifica Radio in New York City and since 1986 has served as the station's Historian in Residence. He is often interviewed on Native American, African American and National Public Radio stations across the country. He has spoken on the much overlooked alliance that has been shaped by Africans and Indigenous Americans for more than 500 years.
Since 1986 his "Education and Books" column has appeared in the New York Daily Challenge. His essays have also appeared in The New York Times, American Legacy Magazine and Web sites, The Black World Today and Global Black News. William Katz has been consultant to the Smithsonian Institute, a committee of the British House of Commons and a committee of the US Senate. He has served as a Scholar-in-Residence at Teachers College, Columbia University and at New York University.
This event is free and open to the public.