African-American Specialist

University of Wisconsin - River Falls

March 15, 1996

Celebrated Slavery Researcher to Speak

Professor Wilma King, a prominent scholar in the field of African-American history and visiting professor in the African American Studies Department at the University of Houston, will visit UW-River Falls March 26-28.

The program, based on King's celebrated recent work, "African American Women and Children in Nineteenth Century America," will include lectures, discussions, and receptions that are all free and open to the public. King's work, "Stolen Childhood," chronicles the experiences of children in bondage, a subject not extensively addressed until recently.

The events begin Tuesday, March 26, at 7 p.m. with a reception in the lobby of the Kleinpell Fine Arts Building. At 7:30 p.m. King will address "Stolen Childhood: Slave Youth in 19th Century America" in the Syse Studio Theatre.

There are scheduled events throughout March 27. They include several presentations at the Hagestad Student Center:

  • "This Modest Mending of the Head" at 11 am. in the Regents' Room; and
  • "Pursuit of Economic Security: The Work and Well-Being of Free Black Women" at 2 p.m. in the Presidents' Room.
  • On March 27, King will speak to her edited work, "We Specialize in the Wholly Impossible," at 11 a.m. in the Yellow Room at Rodli Commons followed by a lunch and informal discussion in Room 139 Rodli. There is a $6 charge for lunch.

    King has held positions at Indiana University of Pennsylvania and Hampton University. She received her master's and doctorate in American History from Indiana University.

    Her other publications include, "A Northern Woman in the Plantation South: Letters of Tryphena Blanche Holder Fox, 1856-1876," and "Toward the Promised Land, 1851-1861."

    For more information, contact the History Department at 715/425-3164.

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