The Southside Community neighborhood will provide the context for looking at families and their relationship to that community in the early 20th century. We will hear from individuals, including Nydia Blas, Executive Director of the Southside Community Center, and Gibrian Hagood, Energy Educator at Cornell Cooperative Extension, whose families settled in the neighborhood during that period. All participants will be invited to share their connections to the community. After the discussion we will walk to three nearby houses to delve deeper into family-community narratives to learn about families from 100 years ago.
This event is a collaboration of Southside Community Center and The History Center in Tompkins County and is sponsored by M&T bank. This program is the first in a series that will culminate in an African-American community forum in the fall of 2018. The working title of the series is "African-Americans in Ithaca: People, Place and Time."