1. Who Was Fortune (Fortune's Bones Opening Event, September 19, 2011)


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    In the late 1700s, an African-American captive named Fortune was enslaved by Dr. Preserved Porter, a bonesetter in Waterbury, Connecticut. Fortune died under mysterious circumstances at about age…

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    • Ysaye Barnwell Community Sing (September 20, 2011)


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      On Tuesday, September 20, 2011, Dr. Ysaye Barnwell conducted a two-hour community sing, actively engaging members of our community in singing rhythms, chants, and songs from African and African-American…

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      • Clarice Smith, "Life-long Learner"


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        “Having my name on a building where learning takes place every day is a wonderful thing,” Clarice Smith says. This life-long learner tells us about her background and the inspiration…

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        • Denny and Frances Gulick, "Keepers of the Flame"


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          These UMD math faculty members keep the flame by sharing their love for teaching, music and art with students, and by generously supporting the Center. http://claricesmithcenter.umd.edu/2010/c/engage09/artist-interview-blogs/i11-denny-frances-gulick

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          • Ysaye Barnwell, "Culture Bearer"


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            This composer, singer, educator, author and researcher says, "Holding culture and transmitting it - my life in music often puts me in that role ... to reach back and help people understand the…

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            • Walter Dallas, "Divine Diva"


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              Walter Dallas has spent a lifetime connecting with people from the stage as a director, writer and performer. "The power of theatre, the power of the arts, is amazing ... often you never know…

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              • Margaret Jenkins, "Intrepid Explorer"


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                As the Artistic Director of the Margaret Jenkins Dance Company, choreographer Margaret Jenkins finds that making dance is a provocative journey requiring a special kind of vulnerability. Produced…

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