April 2017

LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers wears an ‘I Can’t Breathe’ shirt in recognition of the unarmed black men and women, like Eric Garner, who have died at the hands of police.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Wednesday, April 5th – 6:30-8:00pm

Has There Been a Black Holocaust in America?

Lecture/Q & A by Dr. Fran Kaplan, Coordinator, ABHM’s Virtual Museum

Shorewood Public Library & Senior Resource Center

3920 N Murray Ave, Shorewood, WI 53211

 Free and open to the public


Fran addresses the question: Is it accurate and fair to describe the experiences of Africa’s children in America as a holocaust?

She engages the audience in an exploration of the definitions of the term holocaust and the common features of modern holocausts. Fran shares the history of the term’s usage and an overview of the central experiences of African Americans as a group since the arrival of their ancestors to North America as enslaved people in the early 1600s.

Fran Kaplan

About Dr. Fran Kaplan

Fran has worked actively against poverty and for social justice, diversity, equity, and peace for almost fifty years, most of these in Milwaukee.

Her professional practice as a social worker, community organizer, and adult educator has taken her into the seemingly diverse fields of farmworker rights, women’s healthcare and reproductive rights, child protection and parenting education. Fran is also a published author and filmmaker.

During the last six years Fran has worked full time with the community group that runs the Dr. James Cameron Legacy Foundation and its programs, including America’s Black Holocaust Museum.

She has been particularly involved in developing the online museum and its offline public education and interracial dialogues. Dr. Kaplan also helped launch the Foundation’s imprint, LifeWrites Press, and issue a recently expanded edition of Dr. Cameron’s memoir, A Time of Terror, among other publications. In December 2016 she was given the SE Wisconsin YWCA’s Eliminating Racism Award.

Fran raised her three biological and foster children in the great Milwaukee neighborhoods of Riverwest and Sherman Park, where she still resides. She is thrilled to be a bubbe (grandma).


The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers) has a long history of working for the freedom of African Americans.

Sunday, April 23rd – 12:00-1:30pm

The Hidden History & Impacts of Segregation in Milwaukee County

Lecture/Q & A by Reggie Jackson, ABHM Head Griot

Milwaukee Friends (Quakers) Meeting

Milwaukee WI

Reggie discusses segregation in Greater Milwaukee with particular attention to its impacts on the Riverwest neighborhood where the Friends Meeting House is located and the next neighborhood to the north, Harambee, which have different makeups and histories.

Not open to the public



Saturday, April 29th

How to Engage Students to Become Socially Conscious

Workshop by Reggie Jackson, ABHM Head Griot

Educators’ Network for Social Justice

10th Annual Teaching Conference

Milwaukee WI

Not open to the public

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