Community Seminar

Fostering relevant discussions around race, identity, culture, community and more.


Jerome Bennett
Program Officer
(207) 773-5051


Meeting House

A four-part reading and discussion series on race, culture, and community.

Recognized on the National Registry of Historic Places, the Abyssinian Meeting House is the third oldest standing African American Meeting House in the United States.

Dr. Betty-Trout Kelly

November 12, 2019
January 14, 2020
February 11, 2020
(5:00 – 7:00 PM)

March 10, 2020
(2:30 – 5:00 PM at Lyman Moore Middle School)


  1. Black Bangor: This tightly woven case study examines the African American community in Bangor during its heyday, 1880–1950, a period that saw an unprecedented migration of Blacks to the city. 
  2. Maine’s Visible Black History: The First Chronicle of Its People: This first comprehensive book on Maine’s Black history is a mosaic of early history, slavery, the Underground Railroad, arts, sciences, law, politics, civil rights, education, religion, military, and sports. Forty-two contributors write about Black families and communities.
  3.  TBD (voted on by participants at first session)
  4. Intergenerational Discussion: Debrief with Abyssinian Book Group and Lyman Moore Book Group using poetry and creative expression. (2:30 – 5:00 PM at Lyman Moore Middle School)

Registration for Fall 2019/ Winter 2020 series has closed.