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8th Annual Underground Railroad Conference Schedule

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8th Annual Underground Railroad ConferenceThursday, November 13, 2008

2:00 – 5:30pm      Registration

5:30 – 7:00pm      Reception & Banquet
                               Crispus Attucks Center
                               407 Howard Ave., Lancaster, PA

7:00 – 9:00pm     Banquet & Keynote Speaker
                              Dr. Molefi Asante, BHHS Annual                               Report, Music from Lincoln University                               Students and more.

Friday, November 14, 2008

7:30 – 8:55a               Registration and Breakfast – Historic Bethel Cultural Center

9:00 – 10:15a            Workshops

10:15-10:25a             Break

10:30 – 11:45p          Plenary Discussion: Panel – David Walkers Appeal
                                    (Dr. Shirley Parham, Dr. Leroy Hopkins)

11:45- 12:00p            Break

12:00 – 1:25p            Lunch with Story Teller – Rita Clarke

1:30 – 2:45p              Workshops

2:45 – 3:00p              Break

3:00 – 4:15p              Dr. Levi Nwachuku: Lincoln University Workshop/Exhibit

4:15 – 4:30p              Conference Wrap up

4:30 – 5:30p              Free time

6:00 – 8:30p              Youth and Family Night (Essay Contest: “What Education Means to Me”) and
                                     Youth Awards and Entertainment (African Drummers, etc.)
                                     Art Show – Maria Clarke, aspiring youth artist

8:30 -8:45p                 Presentation of next day’s events/logistics

Saturday, November 15, 2008

8:30 -9:45a               Registration and Breakfast

10:00 – 11:15a         Workshops

11:15 – 11:30a         Break

11:30 – 12:45p         Lunch- Slavery Artifacts Presentation

12:45-1:00p              Break

1:00 -2:30p               Bethel Harambee Historical Services Present: “Living The Experience”®

 “You are now in the 1800’s…”
Living The Experience”® is a spiritual reenactment of the Underground Railroad in ChurchTowne of Lancaster, PA. The reenactment is performed at Historic Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church, which served as an original station on the Underground Railroad, first African Church in Lancaster City, and first African school established by free Africans in Lancaster City. We make our guest feel as though they have stepped back into the 1800’s. They will meet important people & hear inspiring stories, as they “work for their freedom”. The audience is an active part of the reenactment, helping to tell many stories by standing in as historic figures.  Join us after the show for a wonderful Soulful meal. During dessert learn about the use of Negro Spirituals & the encoded messages hidden in them.

“Let Our Story Become Your Story”

Historic Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church Was an original station on the Underground Railroad. We are also a designated National Park Service, Underground Railroad Network to Freedom living history program. Recipient of the Governors Inspiration Award and Inducted into the Pennsylvania Keystone Society for Tourism. Members of: Pennsylvania Dutch Conventions & Tourism Bureau, the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, and Religious Conference Management Association and a featured product of the Pennsylvania State Quest for Freedom tourism program.     

2:30 – 3:00p              Conference Closing Remarks



Dr. Levi Nwachuku, Professor and Chair Department of History and Political Science, Historic Lincoln University

Dr. Judith A.W. Thomas, Dean:School of Social Sciences and Behaviroal Studies, Historic Lincoln University

Tracey J. Hunter Hayes, Director  & Associate Professor,  Historic Lincoln University

Dr. Valeri Green, Chaplain, Historic Lincoln University

Dr. Bernard Anderson, Professor English/Executive Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, James Madison University

Dr. Leonard L. Bethel, Associate Professor, Africana Studies Department Rutgers University

Dr. Joanne V. Gabbin, Professor English/Executive Director of the Furious Flower Poetry Center, James Madison University

Dr. W. Terrel Jones, Vice Provost for Educational Equity: Pennsylvania ST. University

Dr. Shirley Turpin, Parham, Professor Emeritus Cheyney University

Dr. Leroy Hopkins, Professor of German Studies, Millersville University

Rev. Marke Kelly Tyler, Pastor Macedonia A.M. E. C.

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Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church | Reverend Edward M. Bailey, Pastor
450-512 East Strawberry ChurchTowne of Lancaster PA 17602-4449 | 717.393.8379 (f)717.396.8382