Geauga County – January 27, 2020 – Geauga County Public Library, in the final event of their Geauga Civil Rights Series, will bring Ric Sheffield to the Middlefield Branch, 16167 East High Street, on Sat., Feb. 29, 2 p.m. for his presentation “The Community Within: Discovering African American History in Rural Ohio.” Please register at www.GeaugaLibrary.net
Funding for this program is made possible by Geauga County Library Foundation and the Ohio Humanities Council, a state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
The program description on the OHC website reads, “Many rural areas in Ohio have long-established black communities that are often invisible to the larger white communities in which they reside. This program relates the adventure of reclaiming the lost history of African Americans in Knox County, Ohio while explaining the benefits of including minority populations within celebrations of heritage and sharing strategies for undertaking such projects in communities of various sizes and racial and ethnic makeups.”
Sheffield is Assistant Professor of Legal Studies and Sociology at Kenyon College and Director of the Law and Society Program. His research has focused on the relationship between the law and issues of gender, race and ethnicity. He has served on the Ohio Supreme Court State Bar Association’s Joint Task Force on Gender Fairness.