Pandemics and Protests: America in 1919 and 2020 (Live)

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In this program, the ways in which the social climate of America in 2020 mirrors that of 1919 will be explored. The similarities and differences as well as the factors influencing the social conflicts in each year will be examined. 


Martha R. Bireda, Ph.D., is Director of the Blanchard House Museum of African History and Culture, located in Punta Gorda, Florida. For over 30 years, Dr. Bireda has consulted, lectured, and written about social issues related to race, gender, class, power, and culture. Dr. Bireda’s articles will explore and examine critical issues past and present that impact our global society. She believes that awareness and recognition of the universality of social issues can contribute to the resolution of problems that affect all societies, and confirm our human connectivity. Dr. Bireda is the author of the forthcoming book, A Time For Change: How White Supremacy Culture Hurts All Americans. 


Presented as part of the Sarasota County One Book and Centennial programming.