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2017 Black New England Conference Focuses on Science and Race


The 2017 Black New England Conference began Friday at the University of New Hampshire.

The event brings scholars, writers, and activists together to discuss the history and present-day experience of African Americans in New England.

JerriAnne Boggis with the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire helped organize the event.

“Especially here in the Northern states where there is always the thought that there is no black history, we wanted to create this conference to show that there is indeed a depth of black history here in the state and in our region.”

This year’s conference focuses on the intersection of race and science – and how pseudo-scientific claims have contributed to stereotypes of African Americans.

The conference runs Friday afternoon and all day Saturday at the University of New Hampshire.

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