NJ Historical Society Member Appreciation Event 2017
Date(s): October 19, 2017 at 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: NJ Historical Society
A Place to Become: The Montclair YWCA for African American Women 1920-1965
Speaker: Jane M. Eliasof, Director, Montclair History Center
The YWCA has long served as a beacon of opportunity and dignity for all. But a century ago it was segregated, like most of American society, along racial lines.
There were about 50 YWCAs for young women and girls of color. All but one were offshoots of white chapters. The single exception was the YWCA of Montclair-North Essex, founded by Alice Hooe Foster, first African American alumna of Montclair High School.
On Thursday, October 19, Jane M. Eliasof, Executive Director of the Montclair History Center, will speak on Alice Hooe Foster and the other young women who made the Crane House/Historic YWCA a social justice landmark.
In conjunction with the talk we will also welcome the winner for Best African American Research Project at the 2017 New Jersey National History Day. Join us as Matthew Duncan of Lawrence Middle School presents his award-winning documentary short film, "Black Hair: Taking a Stand for Heritage and Revolution."
With this event we also thank our members and donors for their support, and take the opportunity to recognize outstanding service to The New Jersey Historical Society over the years.
RSVP 973-596-8500 x0.