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Ann Plato of Hartford: Pioneering Black Writer

October 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Free
Connecticut’s Old State House, 800 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06106


Join Capital Community College Professor Antoinette Brim-Bell, author and Connecticut Poet Laureate, as she explores how author Ann Plato, the first African American writer to publish a collection of essays in 1841, was able to use her publication to become socially mobile.

When scrutinized through a white canonical literary lens or juxtaposed with accepted African American authors, her work is generally criticized for being derivative and of “little literary merit,” rendering Plato a footnote in history. This presentation will explore Ann Plato’s literature against this assessment, situating the publication of essays as a treatise that strategically optimizes the author’s opportunity for social and physical mobility.

This Hartford History Series event is produced in collaboration with Capital Community College.

Join in person at Connecticut’s Old State House, 800 Main Street, Hartford, or online at https://youtu.be/i_661_JUuaM

Event link: https://fb.me/e/2D02JSbgw

Please register here: https://bit.ly/2022HHS

Details

Date:
October 6
Time:
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Cost:
Free
Event Categories:
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Website:
https://fb.me/e/2D02JSbgw

Organizer

The Connecticut Democracy Center
Phone:
860-246-1553
Email:
lisa.natcharian@ctdemocracycenter.org
Website:
https://ctdemocracycenter.org/

Venue

Connecticut’s Old State House
800 Main Street
Hartford, CT 06106
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Phone:
8605226766
Website:
https://wp.cga.ct.gov/osh

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