Being Black in the Berkshires – a panel discussion

Presented by the City of Pittsfield’s Human Rights Commission and the Berkshire Branch of the NAACP, co-sponsored by the Second Congregational Church UCC
With Russell Boyd, Alfred K. Enchill, Shirley Edgerton, Dr. Eden-Reneé Hayes, Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed, and Dennis Powell.
Russell Boyd is a Court Officer with the Berkshire Juvenile Court.
Alfred K. Enchill is the District Aide in the Berkshire County Office of Senator Adam Hinds.
Shirley Edgerton, M.Ed., is a Cultural Competency Coach, the Founder and Director of Rites of Passage and Empowerment Program (ROPE), and the director of the Youth Alive Step Dance and Drum teams.
Dr. Eden-Reneé Hayes, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Psychology, is the Dean of Equity and Inclusion at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. An expert in the social psychological factors related to bias, and the intersecting identities of race, class, and gender, she has presented papers on her research at a number of conferences.
Dr. Frances Jones-Sneed, Ph.D., is a professor of history and former Director of Women Studies at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts in North Adams, Massachusetts. She is co-director of the Upper Housatonic Valley African American Heritage Trail, a former board member of MassHumanities, and is presently a member of the Samuel Harrison Society.
Dennis Powell is president of the Berkshire County Unit of the NAACP. Dennis currently serves on the Pittsfield Licensing Board, the Pittsfield School Committee, the Steering Committee of the Four Freedoms Coalition, and the Steering Committee of the W.E.B. Du Bois Educational Series in Great Barrington, and is Board Vice-Chair of the Clinton Church Restoration Project.
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Sep 21 2018


07:00 PM - 08:30 PM




Second Congregational Church
50 Onota St, Pittsfield, MA, USA
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