Events Calendar

In local communities across Florida, humanities-rich programming is making a lasting impact in the hearts and minds of Sunshine State residents and visitors alike. Florida Humanities is proud to partner with local community champions to bring you high-quality public programming through Community Project Grants, Florida Talks, Museum on Main Street, and more.

Alert: Some events may be canceled or postponed. We work to ensure that our events calendar remains accurate. We strongly urge you to call the event contact for any program you are interested in to confirm that the event is still planned.

Loading Events

« All Events

Hybrid Hybrid Event
  • This event has passed.

Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood Artist Panel Discussion with Dr. Martha Bireda, Shawana Brooks, and Dr. Lori Lee

April 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Hybrid Hybrid Event

The Crisp-Ellert Art Museum: Flagler College is hosting a panel discussion featuring writer and curator Shawana Brooks, scholar Dr. Martha Bireda (Blanchard House of African History and Culture), and Dr. Lori Lee (Flagler College). In conjunction with the exhibition “Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood,” Dr. Bireda will present on slave breeding and the resistance of enslaved women. This will be followed by a discussion with Dr. Lee and Ms. Brooks. Dr. Lee’s work uses archaeology to clarify historical processes of structural racism in health practices and identity politics. Magic, Mirth, and Mortality is on view at the Lincolnville Museum and Cultural Center and the St. Augustine Historic Society from April 1 – 30, 2022. The exhibition is centered on Brooks’ during her pregnancy and the premature birth of her son Roosevelt, her “musings” will be shown alongside artwork by Cheryl McCain, Marsha Hatcher, and Tatiana Kitchen. The visual and literary component is supplemented with local and national statistics on infant and maternal mortality rates that demonstrates current inequities to healthcare access, and draws attention to the institutional bias that Black women continue to face. Using their archival collections, each venue historically contextualizes some of the contemporary inequities Black women experience. Funding for this program was partially provided through a Florida Humanities Community Project Grant in partnership with Flagler College. “Magic, Mirth, and Mortality: Musings on Black Motherhood” is also supported in part from grants from the St. Johns Cultural Council and The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.

Event Details

Event Date/time:

April 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm -
April 12, 2022 @ 8:00 pm


Presenter Information:
Dr. Martha Bireda, Director, Blanchard House of African History and Culture, Punta Gorda, Florida; Shawana Brooks, Founder and CEO 6ft Away, and Exhibiting Artist; Dr. Lori Lee, Associate Professor of Archeology and Anthropology, Flagler College;
Event Fee:
Event Type:
Combination of in-person and virtual/online
Event Registration Link:

Event Contact:

Julie Dickover
(904) 826-8530

Event Venue:

Flagler College, Ringhaver Student Center, Virginia Room
50 Sevilla Street
Saint Augustine, FL 32084
+ Google Map

has been added to the cart. View Cart