Beyond the Hall: A Day of Conversation about Commemoration, Historic Preservation, & the Study of History

We Must Stand United–Exhibit on Black Activism at BCC

James Colston, the 2nd president of Bronx Community College. Colston was the first African-American to serve as a college president in New York State. Image courtesy of the BCC Archives.

The history of the BCC campus is much more than the Hall of Fame and other Stanford White buildings. To document other campus histories, BCC faculty members Prithi Kanakamedala, Ahmed Reid, and Cynthia Tobar developed the online exhibit We Must Stand United, which “explores the contributions of history makers such as James Colston, Roscoe Brown, and countless generations of students who have made BCC a center of black activism.” Prithi, as assistant professor of history, will be on the Commemoration panel,  discussing integrating African-American history into public history; she served the curator and historian for the In Pursuit of Freedom exhibit at the Brooklyn Historical Society.  Cynthia, BCC’s first archivist, will be on the Students, History, & the Hall of Fame, discussing her work using archival sources with BCC students.

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