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Springfield has a rich history of subcommunities, according to Missouri State English professor Jim Baumlin, editor of Moon City Press, which published the book of articles. And those subcommunities will be the focus of the panel discussion “Springfield’s Hidden History of Diversity” tonight (4/8) at 7 in Carrington Auditorium, Room 208.
Stephen McIntyre, history professor at MSU, will talk about Springfield’s Hidden Working Class history. According to McIntyre, another panelist will be Richard Schur, associate professor of English at Drury University, who will talk about Springfield’s hidden African-American history, with a focus on African-American inventor Walter Majors…
"His real argument in his article that he's going to be talking about at this event is that people might have heard of Walter Majors but they don't really know how important he was in the African American community, and he says that instead we focus too much upon incidents of racial violence and discrimination. He says most people in the community know about the tragic 1906 lynching and they should or they know more recently about Missouri State University's discrimination against African American students after World War II, but his argument is that we've sort of lost the agency of brilliant people within the African American community like Majors and how important they were perceived and how they were remembered in the community," he said.
And Holly Baggett, an MSU history professor, will talk about the history of Springfield’s hidden gay and lesbian community…
"She's gonna be looking at the process of the formation of that community, how it comes to see itself as a community, how it struggles for civil rights in the community in the period since World War II," he said.
Dave Richards, an associate professor with MSU’s Meyer Library, will focus on the role of archives in preserving Springfield’s hidden histories.
Jim Baumlin says it’s important for people to learn about the hidden history of diversity in Springfield…
"Unless we embrace the diversity of our community, we cannot be inclusive, and diversity and inclusiveness go together," he said.
The event starts tonight (4/8) at 7 in Carrington Auditorium, Room 208. The audience will have a chance to ask questions afterwards, and an autographed book sale will be held at 6:45 and after the event.
For KSMU News, I’m Michele Skalicky.