Redwood Library & Athenæum today announces its line-up of virtual lectures celebrating Black History Month.

All lectures are presented free of charge and all are welcome to attend.  

Wednesday, February 9th at 6 pm  

Disappearing Ink: Rhode Island Black Literature & The Black Press in Rhode Island A Conversation with Robb Dimmick and Ray Rickman of Stages of Freedom 

Wednesday, February 16th at 6 pm  

Black Composers Who Made American Music Part 1  

Dr. Edward Markward, continues his Music Appreciation series with this 2-session exploration 

Thursday, February 17th at 6 pm  

Black History Month and the Perils of Symbolic Blackness 

Dr. Brenna Wynn Greer, Associate Professor Wellesley College 

Wednesday, February 23rd at 6 pm 

A Brief Exploration into the Life and Work of Lorenzo Johnston Greene 

Dr. Christopher Roberts, Assistant Professor Rhode Island School of Design 

Thursday, February 24th at 6 pm 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. “The Destiny of a Dream” 

Rev. Glen S. Leverette, Pastor Community Baptist Church 

Introductory Remarks by Rev. Paul Hoffman, Pastor EFC Newport 

All events are free and virtual. To register and for information visit

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Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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