“Reimagining Black Masculinity: A Black Heritage Trail of NH Conversation at the Currier Museum of Art”

The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire will host an evening of deep reflection and exploration with a distinguished panel of Black men in a discussion titled “A Softer Side: Re-Considering Black Masculinity” Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 6:00PM at the Currier Museum of Art. This free event promises to challenge preconceived notions and celebrate the diversity and complexity of Black male identity.

A reception for all those attending will be hosted in the Winter Garden from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM, offering guests an opportunity to engage and reflect before the conversation begins. Attendees are also invited to explore the captivating exhibit by Raphael Barontini currently on display.

“We are proud to partner with the Currier Museum of Art to facilitate this important conversation,” remarked JerriAnne Boggis, Executive Director at the Black Heritage Trail of NH. “It is our hope that through candid discussions like these, we can contribute to a more inclusive and understanding society.”

For too long, societal pressures have confined Black men to narrow and often damaging stereotypes, stifling their ability to express vulnerability and authenticity. Through this event, attendees will witness a candid exploration of the multifaceted nature of Black masculinity, with a focus on tenderness, emotional expression, and non-conforming behavior.

The panel features distinguished individuals who have challenged conventional norms and embraced their authentic selves including:

  • Jason Cruz: Art Therapist, RAW Arts Lynn, MA
  • Dwight Davis: Owner of Senior Helpers of Southern New Hampshire, Retired Professional Athlete
  • Richard Haynes: Artist & Associate Director of Admissions for Diversity at the University of New Hampshire
  • Mark McClary: Global Trade Operations Analyst at Fidelity Investments & Coach
  • Christopher Michael: Poet and Co-Founder Killeen Poetry Slam
  • Kevin Pajaro-Marinez: Hall Director at Phillips Exeter Academy
  • Anthony Payton: Founder of Anthony Payton Media, Motivational Speaker, Formerly Incarcerated
  • Lionel Loveless: Owner and Designer at Officially Knotted Bowties

The discussion will be moderated by Anthony Poore, President and CEO of the New Hampshire Center for Justice and Equity, ensuring a thoughtful and engaging dialogue.

This event is made possible through the generous partnership of the Currier Museum of Art and promises to be an evening of enlightenment, empowerment, and celebration.

For more information, visit www.blackheritagetrailnh.org or call 603-570-8469. 

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